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Try Colorado Proud's Recipe of the Month for January: Red Chili


Last updated 1/18/2022 at 2:31pm | View PDF

As the temperatures drop, we can look forward to warming up with the many chili recipes available. Start the year off right with a well-rounded meal to cover all your food groups. This month, enjoy a bowl of Colorado Red Chili!  

This red chili dish offers lots of nutrients, including protein, carbohydrates, and fats. We recommend trying this chili with locally sourced ground beef. In fact, most of the ingredients for this recipe can easily be sourced locally. Many of our Colorado Proud farmers and ranchers sell beef, which you can find at local retailers, winter farmers markets, or on our Colorado Proud website. Beef can be bought in bulk and stored frozen for numerous recipes!

Chef Jason Morse shows us how to bring all the ingredients together to highlight different flavors while supporting Colorado's farmers and ranchers. 

Each month the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different ag commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown and raised in the state. For January, Chef Jason Morse of 5280 Culinary uses Colorado beef and pork to bring us a flavorful dish perfect for chilly afternoons and evenings. 

Chef Jason says, "For this recipe we start with bacon, beef, and add veggies and seasonings for flavor. Let all the flavors simmer to perfection and enjoy!" 

Colorado Red Chili

Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert

Yield: 8 - 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30-40 minutes (time can vary)  


4 slices of hardwood smoked bacon, diced into cubes

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 medium red pepper, diced

1 medium green pepper, diced

1 medium jalapeno, diced

3 lbs ground beef 

1 14oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 28oz can crushed tomatoes

2 14oz cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed

2 14oz cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed

4-6 tablespoons 5280 Culinary Bayou Dust or similar seasoning

3 tablespoons 5280 Culinary Rub a Dub or similar seasoning


Cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions


Preparation Directions:

Wash all tools prior to use

Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces prior to use

Read all manufacturer's instructions before using ovens, grills, or any cooking tools


Cooking Directions:

Heat a large cast iron dutch oven and add the diced bacon

Cook bacon for 5-7 minutes or until it starts to crisp

Add the onions, garlic, jalapenos and bell peppers and saute until peppers are soft

Add the ground beef and brown until about 3/4 cooked

Add the tomatoes and beans and mix well to combine

Add seasonings and mix well to combine

Adjust seasoning as desired and simmer for 20-30 minutes on low heat

Remove from heat and serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onions

Also try with corn chips!

We can pair this delectable dinner with a 2019 Chardonnay from Restoration Winery located in Palisade. If you are searching for an alcohol-free beverage to complement this recipe, try a kombucha from Mortal Kombucha in Boulder. For more information on wine, visit Colorado Wine.

Visit for a complete list of recipes.

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Colorado Proud is a program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture that promotes food and agricultural products grown, raised or made in Colorado. The program's 2,900 members include growers, processors, schools, restaurants and retailers statewide.


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