“Bill’s Chili” and WFD?


OK, OK, I know yesterday I said it was the last of the birthday party recipes, but I lied.  One more.  Because you have to have this recipe.  It is just too awesome.  And it has bacon.

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I am part of a few Facebook groups where members share recipes, and everyday we answer one question – WFD?  Or “What’s for dinner?”  These exchanges epitomize both what is good and what is bad about Facebook.  It is a great way to great new recipes ideas and inspiration since you can find out what people who reproduced the recipe think.  On a good day, it makes me feel good to see that even when I am making a dinner of turkey kielbasa and frozen veggies, it is OK, because as busy moms, we all have to resort to the simple and easy sometimes.  But on those days when I am a bit down on myself, I compare myself to the others, and feel bad I don’t always make the homemade dinner rolls, and a salad course and a homemade dessert every night.  And I think we all have a tendency to want to show off a bit.  When I am making something special, or complicated, or fancy, I have a tendency to glam up my description.  And when it is something simple, I make an excuse – sick, busy, whatever.  But still, it is fun to share my ideas and menus and recipes, and to get some from other people.

One of the best things to come out of being part of this group is discovering Bill’s Chili.  I have no idea who Bill is (other than that he is someone that one of the group members knows), but I can tell you one thing – I will be making his chili for the rest of my life.  I’ve only made a couple of minor modifications – a little less salt and chili powder (I was making it for a party with kids), and cut out the honey and canned mushrooms.  I may love my mushrooms, but not canned, and not in chili.  I also left out the scant amount of flour is calls for, to make it gluten-free.  And after I get the meat all browned and everything combined in the pot, sometimes I throw it all in the crockpot.  In fact, this time, I cooked it for many hours on the stove, froze it, then simmered it in the crockpot some more the day I served it.

Also, to make it a bit healthier, I did use 93% lean ground beef and top round beef cubes.  With all of the other seasonings and liquids, there was no lack of flavor or moisture.  I didn’t skip the bacon, though.  It is only 1/4 lb. in this giant pot.

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This recipe was a favorite of so many of the people in one of the groups, that I knew I had to try it, and I am so happy I did.  I have tried lots of chili recipes, and they have all been fine, but this is amazing.  Full of meaty deliciousness.  And it makes A LOT.  And it freezes well.  And it is perfect over some of these guys for a baseball birthday party!

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Oh yeah!  Crockpot Hot Dogs!

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4.7 from 3 reviews
Bill's Chili
Recipe type: Main, Stew
Serves: At least 10
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lb stew beef, cut in small chunks
  • ¼ lb bacon, diced in small pieces
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 (4.5 oz) can Old El Paso chopped green chilies
  • 1 (28 oz) can Hunts whole tomatoes
  • 1 (12 oz) or 2 (6 oz) cans Hunts tomato paste
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 (2 oz) can chili powder (I used less, a couple tablespoons)
  • 1 t dried mustard
  • 1 T crushed red pepper (again, I used less, about ½ T)
  • 1½ T cumin
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • 1+ T salt (I used less, a few teaspoons)
  • 2 tbsp honey (I omitted this)
  • 1 tbsp garlic from jar (or 1 clove)
  • ¾ t black pepper
  • 3 (16 oz) cans kidney beans
  • Shredded cheese, sour cream, onions, etc. for topping
  1. Brown the meats, pepper, and onion until the meat is cooked and the vegetables are tender. Drain any collected grease and liquid, if desired.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients (except the optional toppings), and simmer on low for at least 4 hours, or put into a crockpot on low for at least 4 hours.
This chili freezes well.


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This recipe was shared with: A Little Nosh’s Tastetastic Thursday 5/17, Recipes for My Boys Thursday’s Treasures Week 34, Countertop Confections’ What’s Cooking Thursday, Tumbleweed Contessa’s Super Bowl and Chili Party

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  1. says

    Okay, I was really good and brought myself a salad for lunch, but now I don’t want it. I want chili. With bacon. I love chili- it’s one of the two ways I will actually eat red meat, the other being my mother’s beef stew.

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  2. says

    OK, I’m going to have to turn the air down, usually Chili is a winter meal but I can’t wait 6 months to give this a try. Ground beef, stew beef and Bacon! Oh yeah, this is getting made soon. Thanks for sharing, pinned!

  3. says

    Hi there. Just to let you know that this lovely post has been featured today in my Need Some Inspiration? series. You originally linked in to Food on Friday: Beef. Have a great week.

    Ps It would be super if you followed Carole’s Chatter. I will follow back.

  4. says

    Brianne, this is the best looking Chili ever! I can’t wait to try it. I just read all the ingredients and it sounds amazing! We are chili lovers so I’m sure it will be a hit! Sharing on FB and Pinning :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. says

    Thanks for bringing this chili by the Super Bowl/Chili Party at Tumbleweed Contessa. I can tell you have done a lot of testing on this reciipe. That’s what makes chili good. I’ll have mine out there on Sunday for the big game. Drop by to get a taste of it.

    One thing about chili I have been told. You don’t know beans about chili if you put beans IN your chili.
    That’s from a chili cookoff friend of mine!

    Have a SUPER week.


  6. says

    Big YUM happening here and love your gorgeous photography! Stopping over from the Super Bowl and Chili party. Hope you’ll stop by to link up over at my Tailgating Time Super Bowl party too :)

  7. Donna says

    I just have to say that for more than 30 years I have been trying to make chili that my husband would rate better than “it was okay”. Well, I don’t know who Bill is but THANK YOU BILL! I made this for Superbowl Sunday and it is the first time he made sure the leftovers came home with us.
    I followed the recipe as written, following the advice of reducing the chili powder, and the only addition I made was about a tablespoon of brown sugar. It says the recipe freezes well, but I won’t know if that’s true until next time since it is all gone!

  8. Laurie says

    Super weird question; do you think this recipe will work if I leave out the beans? Maybe add some more beef? I really can’t handle the texture of beans but love chili!

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