Comforting Chili

I have been constantly revising my chili recipe and this time I think I got it down.  That doesn’t mean I won’t tweak it again next time, but I have discovered 3 must have ingredients and 1 essential method:  The three ingredients are: bacon grease, unsweetened cocoa powder and Texas Pete buffalo sauce.  The method is doing at least 2-3 spice dumps over the course of cooking.

This is a great meal for a rainy, gray day like today and it makes the house smell wonderful.  I always serve it with cheese and sour cream and have tortilla chips on the side for dipping.  This chili has a nice heat to it, but reduce the amount of cayenne or leave it out entirely to reduce the heat.

Some of the ingredients

Some of the ingredients


  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef
  • Tablespoon bacon grease
  • 1 green pepper, roughly cubed
  • 1 white onion, cubed
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced plus one clove smashed
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes in puree
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1/2 can beer
  • ¼ cup Texas Pete buffalo wing sauce
  • 2-3 table spoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano


  1. Heat the bacon grease in skillet and then brown the meat.  Remove meat to a bowl with a slotted spoon and drain off 90% of the grease.
  2. Sautee the onion, minced garlic, jalapeno and green pepper until just softened.  Then add the meat back
  3. Pour in the beef broth and beer and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.  Pour into slow cooker

    Before the tomatoes are added.

    Before the tomatoes are added.

  4. Add the tomatoes, Texas Pete and ½ of the seasonings to the meat and vegetable mixture.  Cook on low heat for at least 4 hours.  Halfway through cooking, taste and add the rest of the seasonings as needed.
  5. Serve with cheese and sour cream on top.IMG_1802

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Categories: Meat, Recipes


A former English teacher living in Stuttgart, Germany who finds some sanity and peace through cooking.


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