Three-Meat Chili

August 20, 2014
2 Ratings
Photo by Alpha Smoot
  • Serves 8 to 10
Author Notes

Your simple, go-to chili for all your summer chili dog needs. Plus, it has three types of meat in it. —Cara Nicoletti

What You'll Need
  • 1 piece bacon, diced
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound red chorizo sausage, uncased
  • 12 ounces beer (I usually use a lager)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dark chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large, heavy pot, cook your bacon until the fat has rendered out and the bacon is starting to crisp. Add onions and garlic and cook until onions are translucent. Add beef, chorizo, and beer, breaking the meat up into small pieces.
  2. Stir in all of your spices and the tomato paste and simmer over low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. After an hour, add vinegar and taste to see if salt and pepper are needed.
  4. Cook your hot dogs and warm your buns, then top with chili. Additional toppings: diced white onion, pickled jalapeños, cheddar cheese, and Fritos. Do not leave out the Fritos.

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Cara Nicoletti is a butcher and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. Cara started working in restaurants when she moved to New York in 2004, and was a baker and pastry chef for several years before following in her grandfather and great-grandfathers' footsteps and becoming a butcher. She is the writer behind the literary recipe blog,, and author of Voracious, which will be published by Little, Brown in 2015. She is currently a whole-animal butcher and sausage-making teacher at The Meat Hook in Williamsburg.

8 Reviews

beckandbulow January 2, 2021
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Irene November 4, 2017
Curious if the chili is cooked WITH the bacon fat or not. I can see a case for either, depending on how much fat is rendered. Also assuming a "piece" of bacon is however much bacon is desired?
Ham October 8, 2016
I followed the recipe exactly (down to the Fritos!) for a cookout and it was at once devoured and praised. A truly perfect chili for chili dogs that, I have an inkling, would also be a supreme topping for nachos. Many thanks, Cara!
mykal001 September 10, 2014
Thank you for the additions. I'm making this over the weekend because when I first read it sounded so good!
ilene P. September 9, 2014
What is a "piece" of bacon? A slice (sounds like not enough), a pound (perhaps too much).
Helen G. September 4, 2014
Good must tru
mykal001 August 21, 2014
??tomato paste??
mykal001 August 21, 2014
Where is the beer?