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Barbecue Bean and Cheese Chili
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Barbecue Bean and Cheese Chili

A good chili is meant to be bold and should be exploding with full-bodied flavors and this recipe delivers just that.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 2 medium onions coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce Try Caraluzzi's Honey Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed or diced tomatoes, undrained Try Caraluzzi's Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 14 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits or crumbled cooked bacon
  • 2 cups 8 oz. Sargento® Artisan Blends® Shredded Double Cheddar Cheese or Sargento® Traditional Cut Shredded Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided


  1. Brown ground beef with onions in a 4-quart saucepan 8 to 10 minutes; pour off drippings
  2. Stir in chili powder, cinnamon and cumin; cook 1 minute
  3. Add barbecue sauce, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce and black beans; mix well
  4. Bring to a boil over high heat
  5. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes
  6. Stir in 1 cup cheese and bacon bits
  7. Ladle into bowls, top with remaining cheese

Recipe Notes

Photo and recipe courtesy of Sargento.