Paleo Baconator Chili with Sweet Potatoes

Baaaaaacoooooooon!  All you need to know about this chili is it has bacon...oh, and it's delicious!  Yes, it's paleo, yes it has tons of protein, yes everyone will love it...and yes it has bacon!

Side note: the recipe won second place at the 4th Annual Findaway World Chili Cook Off.  That means it was the best of all the losers, which is a pretty awesome honor.  Enjoy!


Author Ralph Lazaro ∙ Prep 30 mins ∙ Cook 2 hours ∙ Servings 8-10 


  • 1 - 12 oz. package thick cut bacon - approx. 10 slices

  • 2 lbs. grass-fed ground beef

  • 1 large yellow onion

  • 1 jalapeño

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 1 sweet potato

  • 18 oz jar crushed tomatoes

  • 18 oz jar diced tomatoes

  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder (decrease to lessen heat)

  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder (change to 1 TBSP to increase the heat)

  • 1 Tbsp. cumin

  • 1tsp. oregano

  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne (increase to 1 tsp for kick)

  • salt


  1. Cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and cook over medium heat in a large dutch oven

  2. While bacon is cooking, dice the onion and jalapeño, mince the garlic and peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces

  3. Once bacon is browned add the onion and sauté for 3-4 mins. Add the garlic, jalapeño and spices (not salt) and cook for 3-4 more mins

  4. Add beef and cook until no longer pink

  5. Add tomatoes, peel and cube sweet potatoes and one tomato jar full of water

  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1.5-2 hours (until sweet potatoes are soft) a Lazaro trick for any sauce or soup is to keep a little crack open in between the lid and pot.

  7. Add salt as desired and enjoy!

Additional Notes

  • We eat bacon, a lot, but we do not just eat any bacon. We have met our bacon, played with them and seen what they eat! They roam free and eat what pigs are supposed to eat, they are happy and healthy! We support local farmers here in Ohio and we encourage you to do the same, wherever you live... know your food!

  • Speaking of bacon, if you want to cook a little extra bacon to crumble and put on top of your chili, that is smiled upon in this house. We also add fresh avocado sashimi (sashimi is fancy for slice it thin).