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4.18 from 17 votes

Sweet Heat Chili

A hearty chili that beautifully blends a mixture of sweet and spicy flavors in every bowl.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1-2 cups beef broth
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can pork and beans
  • 1 15 oz can dark red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
  • 2-3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  • In a dutch oven, or other large soup pot,  add the ground beef, onions, and garlic. Brown them over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat's cooked through. 
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients until evenly combined. Bring the chili to a full boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and stirring occasionally- let the mixture continue to cook for 30 minutes.
  • Ladle into bowls, top with your favorite fixin's (we like shredded cheddar, sour cream, and crackers or cornbread), and enjoy!


recipe adapted from Tornadough Alli