Beef & bacon chili

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
½ pounds Sliced bacon, chopped
1 pounds Lean ground beef
1½ cup Coarsely chopped onion
28 ounces Can, whole tomatoes,
Undrained, coarsely chopped
16 ounces Can, pinto beans, undrained
1 cup Picante sauce
1 tablespoon Chili powder
2 teaspoons Ground cumin
1 teaspoon Salt

Optional toppings: sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onion, chopped cilantro. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until crisp. Remove to paper towels with slotted spoon. Pour off all but about 1 tablespoon of the drippings.

In drippings, brown ground beef with onion and green pepper; drain.

Add reserved bacon and remaining ingredients except optional toppings; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes. Ladle into bowls, top as desired, and serve with additional picante sauce.

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