Colorado Red Chili

Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert

Serves 8 – 10 people


  • 4 slices applewood bacon, diced
  • 1 yellow medium onion, medium dice
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, medium dice
  • 1 large green pepper, medium dice
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can – 14 oz fire roasted tomato, diced
  • 1 can – 28 oz fire roasted tomato, crushed
  • 2 can – 14 oz kidney beans, drained / rinsed
  • 2 Can – 14 oz pinto beans, drained / rinsed
  • 4-6 tbsp 5280 Culinary Bayou Dust adjust as needed
  • 3 tbsp 5280 Culinary Rub a Dub adjust as needed


  1. Heat a large cast iron dutch oven and add the diced bacon
  2. Cook bacon for 5-7 minutes or until starting to brown
  3. Add the onions, garlic, jalapeño and bell peppers and saute until peppers are soft
  4. Add the ground beef and cook until about 3/4 cooked
  5. Add the tomatoes and beans and mix well to combine
  6. Add seasonings and mix well to combine
  7. Adjust seasoning as needed and simmer for 20-30 minutes on low heat
  8. Adjust seasoning as needed
  9. Remove from the heat and serve with Cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onions
  10. Also goes great with corn chips

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