Saint Penny Recipe Rotation


October 31, 2020

My favorite thing about winter? It’s chili season. Can you make chili during the other seasons? Sure, and I do, but when winter rolls around chili’s always the first thing that comes to mind.

Now this is a bright chili. Between the red bell and anaheim peppers and the spice blend (hello, paprika! cinnamon!), the goal is for this to feel like something that picks you up rather than weighs you down. Feel free to mix up the spice blend. The candied bacon really does make it special though… I don’t recommend skipping that!


  • 1.5lbs ground beef
  • 2/3c kidney beans
  • 1/3c garbanzo beans
  • 1/3c black beans
  • 1 small onion
  • 1T garlic
  • 2T tomato paste
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into bites
  • 3 Anaheim chilies, cut into bites
  • 4c bean stock — from cooking beans
  • 1 can whole tomatoes
  • 2t salt, pepper to taste
  • 1T + 1t chili powder
  • 1T paprika (reg or smoked)
  • 1/2t cayenne
  • 1.5t cocoa powder
  • 1T vinegar
  • Bacon — 4 strips
  • Fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. Soak beans overnight in giant mixing bowl of water in the fridge.
  2. The next day, drain beans and cook them in a pot of fresh water until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1T oil over medium heat. Cook onion until just translucent, then add garlic and cook for 30 sec. then add beef, break up, and cook until brown. Next, add tomato paste, then peppers. Cook until softened slightly before adding beans, broth, tomatoes and spices. Simmer for an hour or so until flavors come together.
  4. Finally, cook bacon in a separate pan. Sprinkle bacon with brown sugar and maple syrup while still raw in the pan. It will make a sticky mess but it’s good. When the bacon’s done, transfer the whole strips to the chili pot to soak.
  5. Spoon into bowls and garnish with whatever you so like

    • Cilantro
    • Hot sauce
    • Sour cream
    • Cheddar cheese
    • Fritos

Mary Schmidt aims to bring sunshine and order to the world around her with her cooking.

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