Ground Beef & Chorizo Chili
Cook time
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Serves: 4-6
  • 4 strips of bacon, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • ¾ pound lean ground beef
  • ¾ pound ground pork chorizo
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup beer of your choice
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 15-ounce cans of beans, your choice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • sour cream, cheddar cheese, cilantro, or a fried egg (for garnish)
  1. In a large skillet sprayed with Pam, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove it to a plate lined with paper towels to cool and discard the bacon grease.
  2. Add the ground beef and chorizo to the pan and cook until browned, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spray your crock pot with Pam and add in the prepared diced onion, carrot, jalapeno peppers, bell pepper, and garlic. Toast the chili powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, chipotle pepper, and cumin in a small frying pan for about 5 minutes until fragrant, and add them to the crock pot as well. Then add in the cooked beef and chorizo.
  4. Add in the cocoa powder, beer, chicken broth, lime juice, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, tomatoes, and tomato paste to the crock pot. Give everything a good stir to make sure that it's combined, and turn on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours, allowing all of the flavors to come together.
  5. About an hour before you want to eat, rinse and drain your beans and add them to the crock pot and stir. After an hour, check the chili for seasoning and adjust as necessary. Enjoy with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, or fry an egg and serve that on top (this is my favorite way to eat most anything, chili included).
Adapted From
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at