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Bacon Cheeseburger Chili

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This Bacon Cheeseburger Chili is everything you know and love about a big ol’ juicy cheeseburger and piping hot bowl of chili. In this recipe, you’ll find that they got married and had a delicious little baby. Bacon Cheeseburger Chili might just be a new family favorite.

Bacon Cheeseburger Chili in a bowl with a spoon digging in

I’ll be honest this chili is the result of a crazy delicious entirely off track meal I had one night at Chili’s. Chili’s? Yes. Don’t knock it. Chili’s is GOOD eatin’. It also happens to be one of the handful of restaurants in my town so…. our choices are a bit limited. Anyway, so one night I was soooo over dishes and I told Eric, ‘Hey lets just do chili’s” and so we went and I got the biggest baddest burger ever. I think it was called the Chili’s 1975 Chili CheeseBurger and it was glorious.

But, It was also probably almost 1,000 calories, like 60 points on WW, and made my tummy feel not all that great after indulging. I went to bed that night and thought to myself hey if it’s so good all together in burger form then why wouldn’t in be good all together in a bowl, ya know? Eric thought my idea was weird, but thankfully, I don’t listen to him that often. Haha kidding! But really, If I think I’ve got a good food idea I generally ignore what others think until I try it for myself.

finished chili photo

So I made it. I loved it. I made it two more times. Loved it even more. I’m making it again this week because I love it so much. I know, I know chili is kind of sacred and some of ya are going to be like what? No girl. This recipe won’t work. But, before you close this post and think to yourself, “That Star. she’s gone a lil crazy” I’m telling you… it’s stupid good and you need to make it immediately.

Eric also thought I was nuts when I made my One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta a couple years ago, but it’s one of my most popular recipes to date. He’s one of those people that is all like, “chili is chili, a cheeseburger is a cheeseburger.. blah blah” Thankfully, At the end of everyday he loves me for making his life more interesting and mashing up his favorites while destroying his outlook on how food should be. Ha! After all life as a food blogger would be awfully boring if I didn’t try new things. I even ate mushrooms for you all!

bacon cheeseburger chili

Let’s get in the kitchen, folks!

Grab a big ol’ pot or dutch oven. Add diced center cut bacon (6 slices) and cook until crispy. If needed, drain excess fat.

Making Cheeseburger Chili: Ground beef, onions, green pepper, and garlic in dutch oven

When the bacon’s all done gettin’ crispy add in one pound of extra lean ground beef, break it up with a spatula, and cook until mostly cooked. Stir in a diced green pepper (red pepper will work too), 1 large yellow onion, and 4-5 cloves of garlic. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of salt! Cook all together over medium heat until soft.

ground beef mixture cooked in a dutch oven for cheeseburger chili

When the vegetables are soft throw in 3 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, and 1 tsp smoked paprika to the ground beef mixture. Stir it all up and cook for about a minute. Then, add in the 1/4 c. reduced sugar ketchup, 3 tbsp dill pickle relish (not sweet relish!), 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 tbsp yellow mustard, and franks hot sauce to taste (I use about a tablespoon). Stir all together.

I know this ingredients list is weird, just trust me.

ground beef mixture, dill relish, mustard, ketchup, tomatoes, and beef broth in dutch oven for bacon cheeseburger chili

Now add in 1-1/2 cups of beef broth and a 14.5 ounce can of fire roasted diced tomatoes that hasn’t been drained. I actually kind of smash the tomatoes while stirring so they disappear a bit. You could also add in crushed tomatoes or petite diced tomatoes.

pinto beans piled into a dutch oven

Time for the beans! Throw in 2 cups of beans that have been drained (but not rinsed) from the cans. I prefer pinto beans in my chili. If Eric had his way I would mix in some kidney beans, but I cannot do kidney beans so you’ll probably never find those things in a recipe of mine. You could totally throw black beans in too, but in my “professional” opinion, pinto beans taste best.

Reduce the heat to medium low and continue to cook, partially covered, for about 20-25 minutes. As the chili cooks it will thicken up. If you like a little more liquid in your chili you can add a bit of beef broth, but I like that this is pretty thick!

toppings: cheese, bacon, green onions, and fried onions for bacon cheeseburger chili

Bacon Cheeseburger Chili Toppings

  1. Cheese. You kinda need it. I usually add 2 tbsp of reduced fat Colby Jack or Sharp Cheddar.
  2. Green onions. They add color, a little extra flavor, and somethin’ fresh. Minced red onions taste great too! Or, make it a lil spicy by adding thinly sliced jalapeños.
  3. Extra bacon. It’s not completely necessary, but totally good. I usually cook up a few pieces on the side and crumble it.
  4. Crispy Onions. You know the things in that red and white container that you buy once a year in November? You’re gonna need’m again. I toast them up in a pan with a little cooking spray and add them to the Chili toppin’s spread. The perfect crunch! I didn’t try it, but Eric said potato chips crushed up also tasted muy bueno.

You totally don’t need all these toppings. The chili alone tastes amazing, but y’all know, I’m always a little extra with my food.

Bacon Cheeseburger Chili

As with most chilis, this tastes even better after it’s left alone in the fridge overnight. If you can wait, plan to eat it the next day! It’s perfect for meal prep.

This honestly might be my new favorite food for February. A super delicious twist on chili. I couldn’t believe how much I loved it the first time I made it, and I really hope you do too! If you try it let me know if you like it!

With love from my kitchen to yours, Star

Bacon Cheeseburger Chili

Chili with all the taste of a Bacon Cheeseburger
Print Recipe
bacon cheeseburger chili
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:35 mins

Ingredients

  • 6 slices center cut bacon (diced and uncooked)
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef, raw
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp chili powder (I use McCormick. Make sure you use a chili powder that you know and love. Some chili powders can be super spicy!)
  • ¼ cup reduced sugar ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tbsp dill pickle relish, not sweet relish
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1-½ cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes (can also used petite diced tomatoes or crushed tomatoes)
  • 2 cups pinto beans, canned, drained, but not rinsed.
  • kosher salt & pepper, to taste
  • Frank's hot sauce to taste, I use about a tablespoon

Optional (Delicious) Toppings

  • extra cooked bacon, crumbled
  • diced green onions, red onions, or jalapenos
  • crispy onions toasted in a pan with cooking spray (i use french's brand)
  • cheese (i use reduced fat shredded colby jack or shard cheddar)

Instructions

  • In a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat add center cut bacon and cook until crispy. Drain extra grease. Add in ground beef and break apart with spatula and cook until mostly done. Add in green peppers, onions, and garlic sprinkle with a pinch or two of salt. Stir all together and cook until veggies are softened. Stir in cumin, chili powder, and paprika. Cook for another minute.
  • Throw in ketchup, mustard, dill relish, worcestershire sauce. Stir until combined then add in tomatoes, beef broth, and pinto beans. Stir together well. Mash tomatoes if you want them blended more. Reduced heat to medium low and cook, partially covered, for about 20-25 minutes. Chili will thicken during this time. If you like a little more liquid in your chili feel free to add a bit more broth. Enjoy!
    As with most chili, this stuff tastes better the next day so this would be a perfect meal prep option!
  • Optional: Add cheese, a little extra crumbled bacon, onions, and crispy onions.

Notes

Serving size: 1-1/4 cup (you will need to add additional points/calories if you choose to add toppings) 
275 Calories. 10g fat, 3g saturated fat, 22g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 0g sugar, 23g protein. 
WeightWatchers Points: 3 Points
Servings: 6
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish
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60 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipes! I made it yesterday and threw it in a crockpot because I didn’t have time to cook at dinner time. I cooked the bacon, beef, onions, pepper, garlic, and added all the seasoning on the stove first. Then dumped it in crock added tomatoes, beans, broth and let it go until dinner. One odd thing is that it totally had all the cheeseburger flavors yesterday, but today it tastes like regular chili. Great chili, but not sure where the dill and other flavors went. LOL So good either way!

    1. Hi Sunshine! That should work just fine. I would brown the ground beef and saute the veggies, but other than that just throw it all in the crockpot and let it simmer away for 6-7 hours.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was delicious, looking forward to the leftovers tonight. Before I added the beans, broth and tomatoes I thought it looked good enough to just throw on some burger buns. Next time!

  3. Do the points include any of the 6 slices of bacon or are the meant for extra toppings?

    1. the points include the bacon in the recipe anything extra if you use for topping you’ll need to add additional.

  4. 5 stars
    I made this last night for the football play off games. I have to say that I absolutely LOVED IT!! It is surprising with some of the ingredients in chili but I promise you must try this. I think this is my new favorite chili recipe for sure! Already have shared with all my coworkers as they smelled my delicious lunch today.

  5. 5 stars
    Let me just say…i don’t really like chili and beans. The only thing I changed was I only added 1 can of beans instead of 2, because I knew 2 would be way too much for me. This was amazing. I also don’t cook either (my husband does and loves too) and my husband loved it and wants it in our dinner rotation. Thanks Star!

  6. 5 stars
    Holy Toledo!!! This was by far the BEST chili recipe I have ever made! My family LOVED it! This will become a permanent part of our rotation for sure! Thank you for creating these AMAZING recipes Star!!

  7. 5 stars
    This is hands down the BEST chili recipe ever! EVER! I tell everybody I know about this one. Even my daughter who isn’t really fond of chili loves this one! We all lick our bowls clean. #top2021

  8. 5 stars
    I made this for my meal prep this week and it did not disappoint. Really tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger! I am not a pickles fan at all so I think next time I’ll reduce the amount of relish, but thankfully it wasn’t an overpowering pickle-y taste. Only change I made was adding a cup of frozen corn because I really like corn in my chili. Thank you for an amazing recipe! Can’t wait to try the pasta version next week.

  9. 5 stars
    Hands down one of the best chili recipes out there. Everyone in my family loves it. Made exactly as printed. You can’t go wrong.

  10. 5 stars
    This was so amazing! Wanted a one pot meal to pair with a salad and this chili Bacon Cheeseburger Chili was it! Easy and loaded with flavors, this is a definite must make! Using the leftovers for this weeks meal prep, thank you so much for this!

  11. 5 stars
    I love this chili! So flavorful and love the cheeseburger twist. My whole family loves it. Definitely something I will make often.

  12. 5 stars
    My family loves this chili and I love having leftovers for a quick lunch during my work from home days!

    @rach.wilson2

  13. 5 stars
    This is such a delicious recipe! The flavors are incredible! For busy work nights I will do some prep the night before (like measuring & setting aside the seasonings) which cuts some time down to throw this together when I get home from work. This one is on our regular dinner rotation!

  14. 5 stars
    Wow! This recipe was fantastic! This is the first one that I made from your website, and it’s how I got hooked! I made this recipe for the Super Bowl and everyone loved it- even my boyfriend who was a little skeptical! He was raving about it for weeks! It’s simple to make, filling, and delicious. Thank you for crafting this recipe- you’ve got a huge fan right here!

  15. 5 stars
    This is our family’s favorite chili recipe. The first time I made it my family loved it and there are never any leftovers.

  16. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe. I did use ground turkey and chicken stock because I am not a fan of beef, but I followed the recipe for everything else. The flavor is amazing and I love the little zing from the dill relish.

  17. 5 stars
    I substituted chicken broth as that was all I had. It turned out very good! I will be making again with the proper ingredients!

  18. I made this for our Sunday dinner and we loved it so much!. It taste even better the next day! Thank you so much for creating real food recipes. You are one of the reasons I am sticking to the plan this time around! No more frozen dinners for me :-)! Many blessings!

  19. 5 stars
    My husband also thought this was going to be weird… but it was a hit with the whole fam!

  20. This was fabulous. My whole family loved this recipe. I topped mine with some bacon, cheese and mustard and it really tasted like a cheeseburger. Thank you for all you do. Your recipes rock. Stay safe and healthy.

  21. 5 stars
    I made this last month and forgot to a post a review.
    I LOVE it, it is so good.
    You are right, it’s better the 2nd day. I will definitely be making it again.
    All of your recipes that I have made turn out awesome.
    Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks for stopping back to rate and review it, Michelle!! I’m so happy you’re enjoying all the recipes.

  22. 5 stars
    This looks so good! I can’t wait to make this! I have made so many of your recipes and all were delish!!

  23. 5 stars
    I saw the photo and description and thought “There is no way that this is a WW-friendly recipe”…but it IS! I was skeptical that it was going to taste like a bacon cheeseburger…but it DOES! Thank you for this line in the recipe: “I know this ingredients list is weird, just trust me”, because I needed to remember that as I was putting odd things in that I had never used in chili. Thank you for this…and I think I found my new favorite recipe site! Woohoo!

    1. Hi Angie! Are you entering the ingredients into the recipe builder on the WW app/website or are you entering the nutritional information into the WW calculator? If you happen to be entering the nutritional info into the calculator then the points will be off because the nutritional information is provided for people who do no count points and just want the nutritional information. What that means is that the nutritional information provided includes ALL ingredients including all items that WW considers to be “zero points”. I hope that helps! If not, its possible something is entered wrong in your WW recipe maker.

  24. I think I’m doing a “Julia and Julia” with you. I’ve made at least 6 of your recipes in the last couple weeks. I’m working on the Top 20 and everyone has been better than the last. Thank you for sharing…

    1. Oh my goodness. That makes me so happy! Julia and Julia is one of my FAVORITE movies. I hope you enjoy them all!

  25. I made with 93-7 ground turkey and this was so delicious. Also I mixed some dill pickle juice with my sweet relish, because that’s what I had in fridge. I love your recipes!!!

  26. 5 stars
    We loved this!! Thank you for a different, refreshing chili recipe!! On a side note, we doubled the recipe using a pound of lean ground beef and a pound of lean ground turkey. We also cooked the ground meat first and mixed that with everything else in the crock pot. Cooked on low for at least 8 hours and…YUM!!

  27. Can you use ground turkey instead of beef? I don’t have dill relish, could I add some pickle juice to sweet and mix together?. Thanks, D.

    1. Hi Darlene! I haven’t personally used ground turkey, but I’ve seen others use it and love it! So I think that should work well. Do you have pickles you could chop up kind of fine? That would work well! I personally am not a fan of sweet relish so the thought of it kind of sounds gross to me, but it could work just fine if you’re a sweet relish fan!

  28. I made this last night and WOW!!! The flavors were delicious. I will definitely be adding this one to my dinner rotation.

  29. 5 stars
    Cannot say enough good things – this was SO delicious and a new weekly staple for sure. Your recipes never disappoint!!

    1. Thank you so much, Felicia! I’m SO glad you enjoyed. Thanks for stopping back by to let me know and for rating the recipe too!

  30. Do you think this could be made bean-less? If so, should I double the ground beef? Any other adjustments you’d recommend? It sounds delicious!

    1. Hi Lisa! I think this could be made bean-less. I would add maybe a half pound extra of ground beef so that it’s still hearty and not too soupy. Please let me know how it goes if you try it, thank you!

  31. 5 stars
    This meal was hands down the quickest must delicious and hearty meal we have had in a long time, without all the calories/points. I actually made this yesterday, to eat tonight. Best decision topped with bacon and Jalapeño.

  32. Your pinterest button is not working. I can pin everyones recipes but yours. Not sure of the issue, But I’ve tried from opening link from FB, and I’ve tried from opening link from Chrome. Just thought you should know there is definitely an issue.

  33. Ok this sounds amaze balls. Now I’m a bit sad that I’ve already made my meal plan for this week…..

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