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Ranch House Chili Casserole

4 slices bacon
2 pounds boneless beef, cubed
2 medium onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 dashes hot pepper sauce
2 (20 ounce) cans red kidney beans, drained

Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon, drain and crumble. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons fat. Brown meat in the fat and put into a 3-quart casserole. Cover and bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Add onions, garlic and 1 cup water. Then add tomato sauce and stir in chili powder mixed with the sugar. Cover and bake at 300 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients, mix well and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Just before serving, sprinkle with bacon.