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Smoked Chili Con Carne

Smoked Chili Con Carne

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Chili, Traegerized. We start off by smoking ground beef and chopped onions and peppers for an hour before putting them into a Dutch oven and cooking the chili directly on the grill.

Prep Time

20 Minutes

Cook Time

1 Hours




Number of people serving


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Units of measurement:
2 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Large onion, diced
1 Whole Red Bell Pepper, seeded & diced
3 Clove garlic, minced
Pinch kosher salt
2 1/2 Pound ground chuck, 80% lean
2 Tablespoon tomato paste
2 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 Teaspoon dried oregano
2 chicken stock
1/2 Cup dark beer
2 Can Chili With Beans, Your Choice
1 Can Tomatoes, canned-diced
2 Ounce Chocolate Bar, Dark


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger to 350℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

  • 2

    While it’s heating, place a large Dutch oven directly on the grill grate.

  • 3

    When the temperature has been reached, add the olive oil, onion, bell pepper, garlic, and a generous pinch of salt. Close the lid and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and peppers are soft, about 10-12 minutes.

  • 4

    Add the ground chuck, using a spatula to break it up, and cook with the lid covered until barely cooked through and crumbly, about 8-10 minutes longer.

  • 5

    Stir in the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and dried oregano and cook until the meat is coated, about 2 minutes. Add the 2 cups chicken bouillon (or stock), the beer (or coffee), and stir.

  • 6

    Close the lid and allow the chili to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring once. Add the chili beans, diced tomatoes, and chocolate (if using) and stir.

  • 7

    Close the lid and simmer, allowing the chili to thicken to desired consistency, about 15-20 minutes.

  • 8

    Taste, adding up to an additional tablespoon of salt if necessary, depending on the saltiness of the bouillon or stock.

  • 9

    For additional smoky flavor, reduce the heat to the smoke setting and leave the chili on the grill for up to 1 hour.


  • 10

    Serve chili con carne with chopped fresh cilantro, grated cheese, sliced green onions, sour cream, tortilla chips and Mexican hot sauce. Enjoy!

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