Slow Cooker Beefy Bacon Chili is a very hearty, meaty chili with a little kick of spice, and a lot of flavor! My taste testers all agreed that this is one of their favorite chili recipes! A perfect crock pot chili recipe!
Heat a 12" frying pan over med-high heat and add the bacon. Cook until done, but not crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain all but 3 Tbsp of the bacon fat.
Put the pan back on the heat and add the onions. Cook until just turning translucent. Then lower heat to Med and add the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, oregano, and cayenne pepper. stir constantly while cooking for about 1 minute. Add the mixture to the slow cooker.
Put the pan back on the heat and adjust to med-high. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up the meat, until it browns. Drain excess fat, lower heat to low and add the garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic is fragrant. Add mixture to the slow cooker.
Add the beef broth and tomato sauce to the slow cooker. Stir well.
Add the crushed tomatoes, beef bouillon, cocoa powder, and all of the beans to the slow cooker stir well.
Set slow cooker to Low and place the lid on. Cook for 5-6 hours. Or 3 hours on High.
If using the corn, add in the last hour of cooking.
If the mixture is too thick for your liking, add some more broth or a little water. Taste and adjust spices as desired.
Calories are approximate, and will vary by the percentage of fat in the meats you use, etc.