Bacon Bison Butternut Squash Chili (Triple B Chili)

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Phew so its been a while since I actually had time to type something in a post and I really do miss all of you.  This one is going to be short due to my impending bed time I see ticking away in front of me, but something is better than nothing right.  Well the Super Bowl just ended and if you didn’t know, I am from Boston and an obvious New England fan, but honestly, who gives a crap who wins, it’s just a game.  When it ended, there were still homeless people in the world, still hungry children in the world, still people without medical care, etc.  I just don’t get the obsession, we waste so much time and MONEY obsessing over a GAME.  If I wasn’t so lazy I would actually quote the dictionary definition of the word in hopes it would remind people that its not that serious.  But it would just fall on deaf eyes and ears.

But back to what I was going to write about……..For any of you that have followed my blog for a while, you are aware that I lost my father to Metastatic Brain and Lung Cancer a few years back.  Well today was his birthday and not to mention he was a huge Patriots fan, so it was an ironic one for me.  I took most of the day to stay to myself and just reflect on life in general.  That is what inspired my rant in the first paragraph.  I just can’t stand how many people I see go through their lives day in and day out and waste on the pointless minuscule crap instead of paying attention to the important details.  All those people that are now crying because the patriots lost, or getting hammered, or being reckless might just want to look around and be happy they are healthy, with friends and family, and doing so in freedom.  I just wish I could flick a light switch and help people realize that they are in control of their lives and can make a difference in so many others just by appreciating what they have and being a little selfless.  Grrrr if I keep going this paragraph isn’t even going to make sense anymore so I am just gonna stop while I am ahead.  I will just end with this so you can go on and enjoy this recipe. When you wake up in the morning, your in control on how your day turns out, you either put a smile on your face or you drudge through your boring routine.  Do me a favor, make a change, start with a smile, pay for a strangers coffee, say good morning to someone you would normally just walk past, hold the door for someone, etc.  Just do something different today, I will thank you, the world will thank you, and I would be willing to bet you will end up thanking yourself!

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Bacon Bison Butternut Squash Chili (Triple B Chili)
 
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Serves: 4
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Mix the butternut squash and coconut oil together in a small roasting pan and roast in the oven for 30 minutes or until tender
  3. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat and cook until crispy, set aside to cool
  4. Add the bison to the bacon grease in the pan and cook through
  5. Stir in the onion, garlic, and jalapeños and cook until the onions are translucent
  6. Add the salt, oregano, cumin, and cayenne and then cook while stirring for a minute
  7. Crumble your bacon and add it as well as your tomatoes with the juice and apple cider vinegar
  8. Bring to a simmer and let simmer until thickened, about 30 minutes
  9. Once done, place your chili in a bowl and top with your roasted butternut squash
  10. Sprinkle with some cinnamon or cocoa powder if desired
  11. Enjoy

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50 Comments

  1. Ohmigoodness!! It is a snowy, icy, cold day here in Minnesota (yes, April 16th and ice and snow). So it is a great day for chili. We tried this recipe for the first time and it is AMAZING! The perfect thing to come home to after a white-knuckle drive home. So grateful for a hubby who cooks and your awesome recipes!

  2. Tried this Saturday and it was amazing! I changed up the order of cooking and sauteed the onions, garlic and peppers before adding the ground bison to get the flavor of them into the oil and allow them to cook before adding the meat

  3. Any suggestions on sub for jalapeño? I don’t have any on hand today but have everything else! I have a small can of green chilies. Think some of those would work? How much? Or would something else work?
    Thanks!

  4. This is phenomenal! I searched for a recipe to make for my new boyfriend, and had already set the bar pretty high because I made your pulled pork with beasty sauce for the first meal i cooked for him. i laughed because i put this on the table and as we started eating, and all we talked about for the first 5 minutes was how delicious it was (the cumin is perfect! the bacon adds so much! etc. )i had some stew meat in the fridge so i also added that to the pan. The chili was amazing and i will make this recipe, along with the pulled pork, forever and ever. Plus, i really impressed this great man i am dating! When he left i sent him with leftovers, and he said that he was going to be in my life a long time. Thank you George. You have helped me so much! i have lost 50 pounds, my health issues are so much better, and i have a wonderful man in my life who loves your recipes as much as i do!

  5. I was really excited to try this recipe tonight, but it didn’t work for my family either. I also used Bragg’s, as another commentor said, and it was way too strong. It was pretty much all we could taste. Bragg’s is the only ACV that I keep in my house, so I’m not familiar with the differences in flavor between the Bragg’s and regular ACV. Any thoughts? Thanks! :)

  6. This was awesome. I added some extra veggies (carrot, celery, orange pepper) when I added the onion and garlic. I mashed up some of the butternut squash and mixed it into the chili before simmering.

  7. So I know this is an older recipe, but I just got around to making it for the first time this weekend. Ever sense going Paleo I’ve made like 50 different types of chili and this is by far the best one! I forgot the vinegar and used grass-fed beef and it was still amazing. I’ve eaten it five days in a row for lunch and now I’m sad I don’t have anymore left. Thanks for the recipe!

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