I’ve been more strict in counting my carbs, and while the last Bacon & Beef Chili was great, there were carbs in some of the things I added and didn’t taste the difference.
Version 2 leaves out the unnecessary ingredients, really ups the bacon to the majority of two packages, and adds more flavor with an additional pepper and mushroom to add a nice texture.
So here’s the ingredients and the numbers:
|2 lbs. 80/20 ground beef||2272||179||0||152|
|5 Tbsp bacon fat||570||60||0||0|
|2 packages of bacon, precooked||840||42||0||56|
|1 can Trader Joes Chiles||40||0||8||0|
|1 14.5 oz can Trader Joes Fire roasted organic tomatoes with green chiles||87||0||14||4|
|1 large green bell pepper||48||0||8||2|
|1 large red bell pepper||48||0||8||2|
|2 tbsp chili powder||42||2||2||2|
|2 tsp ground cumin||16||1||2||1|
|Trader Joe’s – Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms – 10 oz Container||72||0||10||7|
|Total for the entire pot||4049||284||53||227|
|Total Per Portion (1/12)||337||24||4||19|
(The portions last time were a guesstimate. This time I put the chili in 1 cup covered glassware. While I already ate some, I think if were using one cup of the stuff, the number are pretty correct.)
The instructions are simple:
- Melt the bacon fat in the bottom of a pot
- Set the burner to high and add ground beef, black pepper, and some salt (add to taste later)
- Let it cook on high while you deal with cutting the vegetables and bacon, stirring occasionally
- Dice the bacon and toss in the pot
- Cut the peppers and toss in the and give it a stir
- Toss in the can of chilis and tomatoes
- Add the remaining spices. I tend to go heavy on the chili powder and grind the cumin in a mortar and pestle – what a great fragrance
- Add salt and pepper, but remember that there’s a lot of salt in the bacon so don’t overdo it.
Now set it to a low simmer and let cook for 2 hours to let the flavors meld.
The verdict: very enjoyable. As I am attempting to cut back on dairy I’ll skip the cheeses and sour cream – but you’re free to use it if you like.