We teamed up with our friends at Texas Pete® to heat up the flavor of our famous chili. Introducing our match-made collaboration: Cheerwine + Texas Pete® create CHA! Cheerwine Chili. Dish up the heat this weekend!
Place bacon in large Dutch oven and set to medium-low heat. Let bacon cook slowly until crispy and most of the fat has been rendered (approximately 5-10 minutes). Remove bacon, chop, and set aside.
Mix all seasonings and herbs together in a bowl.
Place ground meat in Dutch oven and sprinkle seasoning mixture over meat. Bring to medium-high heat and brown meat (approximately 5 minutes). Remove meat and set aside.
Add EVOO to Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Sauté onions until caramelized and translucent. Add garlic and continue to sauté until golden.
Add tomato paste and stir until paste begins to caramelize. Return ground meat and bacon to pot and bring to high heat.
Stir everything together and allow to sit for about 30 seconds, just until it begins to crisp at the bottom. Pour in Cheerwine and CHA! by Texas Pete® then deglaze using a wooden spoon to scrape all of the browned bits from the sides and bottom of pot.
Allow to cook, reducing Cheerwine by about half (approximately 2-3 minutes).
Add crushed tomatoes, kidney and black beans, and stir to combine, bringing to a boil. Set to low and let simmer for at least 30 minutes.
Salt and pepper to taste. Top with shredded cheese, sour cream, and chives, as desired. Serve with corn chips.