Yukon afterburner chili

  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 40m
  • Cook Time : 3:00 h
  • Ready In : 3:40 h

We came up with all kinds of silly names for our chili like Send me to hell-chili, Take me to Brooklyn-chili, Sir, may I have some more-chili, Just like Mom’s-chili, the Devil’s chili, etc. but in the end, we decided on this name because Yukon is in Canada (yours truly is a Canuck), the bacon bits reminded me of the gold from the Yukon Gold Rush and the heat from the chili comes on after a while, hence the afterburner ;). All rather complicated eh?

This was the chili recipe that we used for last Sunday chili cookoff! The secret ingredient is the aubergine which thickens the chili and gives it a different texture. It’s the best non-winning recipe!!! 😛

But seriously, we thought it was pretty good but of course, in any food contest, the judging is always subjective so it’s all about the people tasting one’s food! We’ve toned down the heat level but feel free to adjust the afterburner as you like it 😀

For Asian fusion chili, add 3 star anise to the spices. Wait one day for the flavours to develop and you’ll have a wonderful chili that’s totally delish and funky! Note that not everyone will be sold on that, certainly not hubby! 😉


  • 1 packet bacon (140g), chopped
  • 1kg ground pork
  • 3 chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 bottle Brooklyn black chocolate stout or any dark beer
  • 1 can (400g) whole tomatoes
  • 1L of tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 habaneros
  • 2 dried whole chipotles
  • 3 green bird's eye chilies
  • 1 tbsp dried whole chili pequins
  • 1 tbsp dark Muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 aubergine, about 250g
  • 1 can (400g) kidney beans
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


Step 1

Grind up the chilies until the seeds are grounded

Step 2

Chop the bacon and brown it until crispy. Drain away the fat Brown the ground pork. Drain away the fat Add the bacon, garlic and onions to the ground pork. Fry until the onions are translucent Add the beer and reduce until the alcohol is gone Add the tomatoes, aubergine, cocoa powder, cumin, chilies and sugar Reduce heat to medium and cook for 2 hours. I don't like mushy beans so I usually add them about 1 hour into the cooking Season to taste with salt and pepper Serve with chopped fresh coriander and sour cream and real bacon bits

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