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A good ol’ hearty bowl of chili is often underrated. Luckily for us, Chef John Wilson is sharing his delicious Smoked Shoulder Bacon & Black Bean Chili recipe- perfect for lunch or dinner! Get his recipe below!


5 slices smoked shoulder bacon diced

1 medium onion chopped

3 cloves garlic chopped

1 pound ground beef

3 dashes Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 (16-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1 (16-ounce) can black beans drained and rinsed

Sour cream (for garnish)

Grated cheddar cheese (for garnish)

1 bunch of scallions (for garnish)


1. Add diced bacon to a heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium heat (save a small amount of bacon for topping/garnish).

2. Cook until crispy, then add in onions and garlic, and cook until tender.

3. Add ground beef and cook until done.

4. Drain off any grease and place ingredients back into the stockpot over medium heat.

5. Add seasonings, ½ tomatoes, ½ black beans, and chicken stock, gently medium puree (not completely pureed), then add the rest of the tomatoes and black beans.

6. Reduce to a simmer and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.

7. Serve with sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, and scallions on top for a tasty garnish.


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Bacon Fest 2013 Recap

Bacon Fest 2013In case you missed the action, here’s a recap of Florida’s Inaugural Bacon Festival. Bacon Fest Florida, 2013 was held at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino on Saturday, February 23rd from 6-11pm. It was hosted by Chef Todd Fisher, Discovery’s Destination America TV Show, “United States of Bacon”. Over 20 South Florida restaurants turned out to the event wearing their chef coats, giving out samples of their… unconventional, yet delicious, bacon-inspired dishes. In order to showcase their creativity and culinary prowess, vendors needed to come up with some out-of-the-box uses for bacon, other than the classic bacon-wrapped chicken. Of course, that dish was in attendance, but it took a backseat to some of the stranger concoctions, such as Maple Bacon Cupcakes, Bacon-infused Popcorn, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered Bacon, among others. There was even a food truck, Ms. Cheezious, handing out grilled goat cheese and bacon sandwiches.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Bacon-wrapped shrimp (stuffed with jalapenos and cheese)

Bacon Wrapped ChickenBacon-wrapped chicken

Grilled BaconGrilled bacon with sour cream

Bacon Infused PopcornBacon-infused popcorn

Maple Bacon CupcakeMaple-bacon cupcakes – of which I ate three!

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

The Maple-Bacon Cupcake Tower

Ms Cheezious

MS. Cheezious Food Truck

Peanut Butter Chocolate Covered BaconPeanut Butter & Chocolate Covered Bacon

Entertainment for the event did not disappoint, either – from Radio Station Power 96’s DJ Zog to actor Kevin Bacon’s band, The Bacon Brothers, to The Dan Band, from movies such as Old School and The Hangover. Other activities at the event included bowling, bean bag toss, and even a mechanical hog named Harley. Everyone walked around wearing plastic bacon bracelets, drinking bacon-flavored vodka and wearing their bacon-inspired merchandise, which were for sale at the “Bacon Merch” booth.

Chef Todd FisherChef Todd Fisher – United States of Bacon

DJ Zog

DJ Zog – Power 96

Dan Band

The Dan Band – Pre-show

The Dan Band

The Dan Band – Post-show

Bacon BrothersThe Bacon Brothers Band

Kevin BaconKevin Bacon jamming out

Harley the Mechanical HogChef Todd Fisher riding Harley the mechanical hog

Bacon Fest Crowd

Overall, this sold out event was a great success, gathering thousands of bacon enthusiasts from across the state (and elsewhere). I can hardly wait to see what they come up with next year!

Were you able to attend Bacon Fest this year? What was your favorite part?

For more information about this event, please visit: http://www.seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com/entertainment/baconfest-fl
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