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Best Ever Smoky Bacon, Beef & Bean Chili Recipe For Power, Strength & Happiness | Kitchen Witch Recipes

One large pot of hearty, aura-revitalizing chili coming right up, Witch!

When we think of chili, we’re immediately transported to Mabon. A slight chill in the air, a bonfire, and one of our favorite comfort foods – smoky chili.

This recipe features a beautiful mix of bacon, sauteed onion, your favorite ground meat, kidney beans,  and a little Kitchen Witchery come together to give your meal a little magic.

This recipe is so incredible, filling, and large that you’ll have chili for days, and yes, it reheats very well!

What Is Chili?

Chili is a favorite comfort food that seems to have originated in Texas, though many areas around the US have their own delicious versions.

This meat-packed, smoky stew combines the sweetness of onions, the smokiness of dried chilies, and the rich flavors of beef broth or tomatoes and beer to make a great pot of happiness.

A bowl of chili with shredded cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.

Our favorite part of chili is that it’s fully customizable! 

  • Add it to a bowl of corn chips for Frito Pie.
  • Top it with cheddar cheese.
  • Add sour cream and dip tortilla chips or crackers in it.
  • Garnish a plain bowl with white onion for a fresh crunch.
  • Make chili mac by adding it to boiled elbow macaroni and topping it with shredded cheese.

Whether you decide to use ground chuck roast, lean ground beef, ground turkey, or tofu, this chili recipe is packed with warm, comforting flavors.

PS: Our favorite toppings are sour cream, green onions, and cheddar cheese! You can’t add enough sweetness, smoothness, and protection to a Witch Kitchen meal.

What Is Kitchen Witchcraft?

Kitchen Witchcraft is the metaphysical practice of working with the natural energies of what you’re cooking and using them to heal or manifest change.

When we read about “potions” and “elixirs,” these are usually foods that have intention cooked into them!

Why Is This Recipe For Power, Strength & Happiness?

Many of the ingredients in this classic chili recipe resonate with power, strength, and happiness: 

  • White onions & yellow onions: vitality, strength, good health, and protection
  • Bacon: longevity
  • Chili powder: power, vitality, longevity
  • Oregano: strength, healing, happiness
  • Beer: happiness

You get the idea! Don’t worry; we’ve listed all of the magical properties of the ingredients in our favorite bean chili recipe below!

Recipe: Best Ever Smoky Bacon, Beef & Bean Chili Recipe For Power, Strength & Happiness

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Smoky Bacon, Beef & Bean Chili Recipe For Power, Strength & Happiness

Hearty ground beef, crisp beer, smoky bacon, and beans come together to make this warming, comforting bowl of classic chili.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Mabon, Samhain
Servings 8
Calories 872 kcal


  • 1 8 qt. Stockpot with Lid
  • 1 Cutting board
  • 1 Chef's Knife
  • 1 Spoon


  • 1 lb. Bacon, diced Magical properties: prosperity, longevity
  • 1 Large onion diced, Magical properties: protection, good health, reduce anger
  • 1 Red bell pepper diced, Magical properties: love, vitality
  • 1 Green bell pepper diced, Magical properties: vitality, good health, happiness
  • 6 cloves Garlic minced, Magical properties: breaking curses, good health
  • 4.5 Tbsp. San Antonio chili powder Magical properties: power, vitality, longevity
  • 1.5 Tbsp. Ground cumin Magical properties: protection, healing
  • 1.5 Tbsp. Paprika Magical properties: power boost, vitality
  • 2 tsp. Dried oregano Magical properties: strength, happiness, healing
  • 2 tsp. Kosher salt Magical properties: cleansing, protection
  • 3 lbs. Ground beef or turkey Magical properties: strength, vitality, power
  • 12 oz. Beer Magical properties: Protection, happiness
  • 14 oz. Canned black beans, drained Magical properties: Decision making, courage
  • 14 oz. Canned red kidney beans, drained Magical properties: Love, healing, wisdom
  • 24 oz. Crushed tomatoes Magical properties: Happiness, protection, fun
  • 24 oz. Fire-roasted diced tomatoes Magical properties: Protection, passion, happiness
  • Beef broth if necessary Magical Properties: Strength, power, vitality


  • Dice and cook bacon over medium-high heat in a large, 8 qt. pot.
  • When bacon is almost done, lower to medium heat and add in diced onion and bell peppers. Cook until softened.
  • Add in minced garlic, chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, dried oregano, and salt. Cook 1-2 minutes, until aromatic.
  • Add ground meat to the bacon and onion mixture. Cook until no longer pink.
  • Stir in a can of beer, rinsed and drained beans, crushed tomatoes with juice, and diced tomatoes with juice.
  • Cover and simmer on low 1.5 hours, stirring every 10-15 minutes for the first hour, and every 5-10 minutes for the last 30 minutes.
  • Add in a little beef broth, if necessary. You may need to stir more often depending on your pot and how hot your burner gets.
  • Taste, season, and serve!


Can’t find San Antonio chili powder? Use your favorite brand!


Serving: 8gCalories: 872kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 47gFat: 59gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 1673mgPotassium: 1434mgFiber: 13gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 3675IUVitamin C: 48mgCalcium: 205mgIron: 11mg
Keyword chili recipes, kitchen witchcraft, witch kitchen
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What Do You Top Chili With?

Chili is so amazing on its own, but we all know a Kitchen Witch loves making things their own! 

So, try topping it with: 

  • Fresh white, green, or yellow onion.
  • Hot sauce or cayenne pepper for a little extra heat.
  • Thinly sliced garlic.
  • Grated cheddar cheese.
  • A dollop of beer cheese, sour cream, or Greek yogurt.
  • Flaked smoked salt.

How do you like your chili? Tell us below!

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