November 18, 2007

EASY Spicy Sweet Chili

Posted in Recipes at 5:04 am by chasingtoddlermom

I love fall foods! I have thrown a few pots of chili together this fall and thought I’d better write down my ingredients and measurements before I completely forget. This is how I made the last pot and it was our favorite. Chili also freezes well, so I like to use half now and freeze the other half for another day.

EASY Spicy Sweet Chili
1 lb lean ground beef
1 large (or 1-2 medium) onion, chopped
1 can Italian stewed tomatoes
1 can diced stewed tomatoes
1 can pinto beans
1 can red kidney beans
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 can chopped green chilies
Salt and pepper to taste
½ T granulated garlic
2 T chili powder

Brown ground beef in a large pot, adding chopped onions about half way through. Drain fat. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Drain and rinse beans and add to the pot. Add all other ingredients to the pot and stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. This can be modified in any way you want—more or less chilies and spice if you like. This can also be made with more ground beef and only 1 can of beans and served over macaroni (a variation compliments of my mom).


Crock Pot Variation:
Brown meat in a frying pan, adding chopped onions half way through. Drain fat. Drain and rinse beans. Add all ingredients to Crock Pot (I recommend always using Reynolds’ Crock Pot Liners). Stir to combine. Cook on low all day or on high 3-4 hours.

Now, you could complicate things by starting with dried beans and such, but that would totally defeat my own purposes. Also, I eyeball pretty much everything and modify things to our tastes (i.e. I love onion and garlic so I’m a little generous there).



  1. savvytoddlermom said,

    I am SO going to make this. Thanks for sharing!

  2. chasingtoddlermom said,

    I hope it turns out for you too! I just realized that I forgot to put the size cans in my recipe–it’s the 15 oz size cans of tomatoes and beans and 4 oz of chilis.

  3. lemare said,

    Excellent! I’ll give this a try! I just got cornered by Karma, that cruel mistress, and was called as the FHE co-chair… And since I have no ideas other than cookie exchanges (which men wouldn’t enjoy), I decided a chili bake-off would be appropriate.

  4. chasingtoddlermom said,

    eeewww…you thought you got away from callings like that after BYU graduation. It is some kind of Karma. Don’t forget–my first non-official date with my DH was a chili party at my house, thrown by my roommates with express purpose of getting the two of us together! Maybe it’s good karma.

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