Bacon Cheeseburger Chili

Bacon cheeseburger chili combines all the flavors of two classic comfort foods into one yummy dish. This hearty recipe will be an instant favorite for all burger and chili lovers!

two bowls of cheeseburger chili topped with melted cheddar cheese

Feeding the sons is tricky.

The rumors about growing boys having big appetites is definitely true!

So I try to make as many stick to your ribs dishes as I can to satisfy them.

And what’s more satisfying than a big old bacon burger or a warm, meaty bowl of chili?

The answer: bacon cheeseburger chili, of course!

This dish combines the flavors of the sons’ favorites in one easy to make dinner we all love.

cheeseburger chili shown in a red dutch oven with a wooden spoon for serving

Ingredients

To make this you need:

  • Bacon– chop it up and then cook it crispy
  • Ground beef– go for extra lean ground beef to keep the chili from being too greasy
  • Aromatics– diced green pepper, white onion and minced garlic
  • Spices– salt, pepper, cumin, smoked paprika and a healthy amount of chili powder
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard– go for yellow mustard here instead of dijon or grain mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Relish– Dill pickle relish works best
  • Beef broth
  • Canned diced tomatoes– Don’t drain them!
  • Kidney beans– drained and rinsed

cheeseburger chili shown in a red dutch oven with a wooden spoon for serving

How to Make

To make this, start by adding the chopped bacon to a heavy bottomed soup pot.
 
Cook the bacon, stirring as needed, over medium heat until the bacon is nice and crispy.
 
Once the bacon is crispy, add the ground beef into the pot and cook it.
 
While you cook the beef, break it up and stir it often. 
 
When the beef is cooked through and crumbled, add the peppers, onions and garlic to the pot.
 
Stir to evenly combine the veggies with the meats and then continue cooking just until they’ve softened.
 
At this point, stir in the cumin, paprika, and chili powder and continue cooking the mixture for another 1-2 minutes.
 
Now, you can stir in the ketchup, mustard, relish and Worcestershire sauce.
 
Once the sauces are evenly combined, stir in the tomatoes, beef broth, and beans.
 
Reduce the heat to medium low and allow the cheeseburger chili to simmer, partially covered, for 25- 30 minutes.
 
Stir occasionally.
 
After 25-30 minutes, the chili should thicken nicely and will be ready to eat.
 
Ladle the hot chili into bowls, and serve them topped with your favorite chili/burger style toppings.
 
a wooden spoon dipping into a pot of cheeseburger chili

Topping Ideas

One of the most fun parts of eating chili is all the different toppings you can layer on.

For this chili, you can have even more fun with your topping choices and do burger toppings as well.

Some of our favorite toppings for this recipe are:

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • fried onions
  • chopped pickles
  • crumbled bacon or bacon bits
  • sour cream
  • scallions

two bowls of cheeseburger chili topped with melted cheddar cheese

Storing leftovers

This recipe stores very well! In fact, if you can, make it a day ahead of time and plan to have it for dinner the next day.

To store the leftover, put them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Reheat in the microwave or on the stove until warmed through and enjoy.

Tips and tricks

  • Don’t substitute fattier ground beef for the extra lean beef. The bacon adds a fair amount of fat to the dish and subbing the beef for fattier beef will make the chili greasy.
  • Feel free to drain some excess fat from the cooked bacon.
  • You can use other kinds of beans if you prefer. 
  • For more heat, add a bit of chopped jalapeno.

cheeseburger chili shown in a red dutch oven with a wooden spoon for serving

Other Chili Recipes You Might Enjoy

This bacon cheeseburger chili is a household favorite.

Make it the next time you want a hearty, warm dinner or can’t choose between chili and cheeseburgers.

Looking for other chili recipes?

Try these:

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two bowls of cheeseburger chili topped with melted cheddar cheese

Bacon Cheeseburger Chili

Bacon cheeseburger chili combines all the flavors of two classic comfort foods into one yummy dish. This hearty recipe will be an instant favorite for all burger and chili lovers!
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Course: Chili, Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 302kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon chopped
  • 2 lbs extra lean ground beef
  • 1 large green pepper seeded & chopped
  • 1 large white onion peeled & diced
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 1/2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 1/2 tbsp dill pickle relish
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 can kidney beans drained & rinsed
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add the chopped bacon to a heavy bottomed soup pot, and cook (stirring, as needed) over medium heat until the bacon has crisped.
  • Add the ground beef into the pot, and cook (breaking up, and stirring often) until it's cooked through and properly crumbled.
  • Add the peppers, onion, and garlic to the pot. Mix until the veggies are evenly combined with the meats, and then continue cooking just until they've softened.
  • Season the mixture with the cumin, paprika, and chili powder- stirring to evenly combine. Continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in the ketchup, mustard, relish, & Worcestershire sauce until evenly combined. Now, stir in the tomatoes, beef broth, and beans until evenly combined.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low, and allow the cheeseburger chili to simmer, partially covered, for 25- 30 minutes. Don't forget to stir the chili occasionally, and if it looks liquidy at first- it will thicken as it cooks.
  • Ladle the hot chili into bowls, and serve them topped with your favorite chili/burger style toppings.

Notes

recipe adapted from The Skinnyish Dish

Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 753mg | Potassium: 692mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1159IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 4mg

recipe adapted from The Skinnyish Dish

 

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