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Maple Bacon Chili and the PTO

This is an award winning chili recipe. By that I mean this chili took first place in a hard fought, Parent Teacher Organization, contest. This is my friend’s recipe and she generously agreed to share it with me.

The PTO is at the center of the stay at home mom’s social structure.  From plant sales to luncheons, Hollywood portrays these groups as bored women who gossip, drink, raise a large amount of funds, and judge each other. Our real life PTO just judges cooking. There is an annual, chili cook off where both mom’s and dad’s make their best soup and chili to be judged by the town. It’s intense and the competition is fierce. The PTO is where it’s at.

There were grumblings from the runner up of this competition that “chili is not supposed to be sweet”. This chili is. And it’s delicious. And kids like it too. And that’s why it won.

The secret ingredient is…..baked beans. Yep, I was shocked too. She also disclosed that she made it with filet mignon (don’t tell the runner up). That might of helped with the adult vote. But you’re in luck, it tastes just a good when made with chuck steak (and it’s much cheaper).

It’s easy and simple to make. First cook four to five strips of bacon and chop them into 1 inch pieces. Then brown your ground beef and cubed steak. Put the meats in a large soup pot with a large can of baked beans (she used Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans), 1 can kidney beans, 1 can cannellini beans, ketchup, mustard, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup and 1 cup of water. Cover and simmer for several hours and serve with buns and tortilla chips. Enjoy!

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Maple, Bacon Chili

  • 4-5 strips bacon
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb chuck steak cubed
  • 1 28 oz can baked beans
  • 1 19 oz can cannellini beans
  • 1 19 oz can red kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp mustard
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  1. Cook the bacon and cut into 1 inch strips

  2. Brown the ground beef and chuck steak

  3. Add all ingredients into a large soup pot and simmer, covered, for several hours

  4. Serve with buns and tortilla chips

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