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Sweet Chili

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This new version on my mom’s homemade sweet chili is perfect for Halloween.

When I was growing up, every year for Halloween my mom would make her homemade sweet chili. Since having my own children, I decided to carry on the tradition. Last year, I did decide to stray from the original recipe slightly. I wanted to make a quicker version. My mom’s original recipe required soaking the bean the night before.  I opted to utilize canned beans to make life easier.

Mom’s chili recipe also has a secret ingredient  – brown sugar. It adds the level of sweetness, but the classic chili powder still gives it that chili kick. This recipe makes a lot. I was able to feed my family and three of my son’s friends, plus have leftovers. You could always make half a recipe if you need to. Tomorrow, I’ll show you my favorite thing to do with the leftovers.

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My Mom’s Sweet Chili

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Sweet Chili

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  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1 medium onion
  • 5 15 oz each cans of kidney beans, undrained
  • 2 6 oz each cans tomato paste
  • 2 10 ¾ oz each cans condensed tomato soup
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • ¾ cup brown sugar


  • In a stock pot, brown onion and ground beef until beef is no longer pink; drain.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour. Serves 8-10.
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  1. Made this tonight. It was a hit with the family. I used turkey meat instead of beef…trying to get hubby a little bit healthier. I also added a can of corn and spiced it up a notch with some cayenne pepper. Was dellish! definitely will be a staple to the recipe book!

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  3. I have been trying to find a quick easy semi sweet chili recipe and this might be it! I WILL add a bit of spice or some red chili peppers.

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  5. I try not to eat more than 20 meat dinners a month, and no meats for breakfast or lunch. That leaves 8-11 meatless dinners. Open on the menu. I try nt to eat too much animal fat for immunity reasons. I like the recipe, but will try microwaved carrots instead of meat. Cooked just to the point of chewy meat texture in bite size bits. I’ll cook the carrots in brown sugar in the vidila onion shaped for Microwave thingy. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Can you tell me how many cups of beans are used in the original recipe for those of us who would rather use dry beans? Thanks!

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