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This Maple Bacon and Ham Baked Bean Chili is a nod to my home in Virginia and the flavors that come from around the state.
If I think of everything that’s in this chili, I can pretty much link it all to my home turf of Virginia. When I was working on this chili recipe, I just kept thinking of what flavors reminded me of Virginia and our area.
There are three different types of pork in this chili and if you know anything about Virginia, you now that ham is one of the “flavors of the state”! So I knew I had to put some Virginia ham into this tasty chili recipe. Then I decided that it needed some bacon, because what chili wouldn’t be awesome with bacon. Now normally I would toss in ground beef to my chili recipes but hey, I was making this all about ham and bacon so I couldn’t add in beef! With my dad’s suggestion, I went with a sweet Italian sausage.
I’ve got Hunt’s® Tomato Paste in this chili, which is what we always use for our chili recipe bases. Then you’ll find a few cans of baked beans in this chili too. What? Baked beans in the chili?
Baked Beans in chili is fantastic and it’s an awesome way to set your chili apart from all of the others. I used two different kinds of baked beans in this chili, first I used 1 (28 oz ) can BUSH’S® MAPLE CURED BACON BAKED BEANS and the second kind was BUSH’S® VEGETARIAN BAKED BEANS. (again a recommendation by my dad, he loves the vegetarian baked beans).
Of course we also have a few cans of RO*TEL Chili Fixin’s in here for some extra flavor and a touch of heat. Also, as the title of this chili suggests, there is maple in this recipe too, so you’ve got a bit of heat with a touch of sweet.
Now, we don’t eat a ton of spicy foods, so the RO*TEL Chili Fixin’s was plenty of heat for us but if you want more heat in your life…I mean chili, you can totally substitute some of the spicier RO*TEL flavors in this chili recipe.
You can also change up the flavors of BUSH’S® BAKED BEANS but I really recommended the ones I used because they just go great with the bacon and maple that’s in the recipe.
So, let’s cozy up and whip up a batch of this Maple Bacon and Ham Baked Bean Chili!!
Maple Bacon and Ham Baked Bean Chili
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