Cowboy Chili Recipe
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Thick chili with a little kick. Recipe from
  • 1½ pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes with lime and cilantro
  • 6 strips bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and diced finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 12 ounces Red Wine or Beer
  1. In a large skillet on the stovetop, add the ground beef and bacon and cook until almost done
  2. Add onion, garlic and jalapeno pepper, cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions are soft
  3. Add Rotel tomatoes, barbecue sauce, spices, brown sugar, pepper and wine, stir to combine
  4. Simmer for 15-20 minutes
  5. Combine corn starch with 1 tablespoon water and stir until dissolved, add to chili to thicken
  6. Continue cooking for 30 minutes - 1 hour
  7. Serve warm with tortilla chips and toppings if desired
You can easily double this recipe to serve a crowd. To add more spice to the chili, use Habanero peppers or for less spice, leave out the Jalapeno pepper.
Recipe by Pocket Change Gourmet at