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"We're making a bacon and beef chili that I first made for John this football season," says Rach. "It was the first Jets' win of the season, so it's now considered a good luck thing!" John likes to top it with pickled jalapeno slices, chopped raw white onions and two kinds of cheese—shredded sharp cheddar and pepper Jack—but you can use your favorite condiments. And if you're a vegetarian, try the recipe with plant-based bacon and beef. It will still be delicious!
Heat oil in Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat and render bacon until crisp at edges, 3 to 4 minutes.
Add onions, peppers and garlic and stir a few minutes. Add beef and brown and crumble, then stir in tomato paste and season with oregano, salt, pepper and chili powder. Add beans, tomatoes and broth or stock and simmer to thicken and combine flavors.
To serve, top bowls of chili with cheese, pickled jalapeno and onion.