Mommas chili dream

"As a child, I finally fell in love with chili. I was living in the frigid tundra otherwise known as Minneapolis in the wintertime when my mom made a big pot for us to warm up with one dark and freezing night. The chili immediately won me over and I wrote the recipe down as soon as I scraped up the last bits from my bowl to never forget about it."

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1lb ground beef 1 large shallot or 1 small onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced salt and pepper 29oz can tomato sauce 15oz can Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed 3 Tablespoons chili powder 1-2 heaping Tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more or less) Toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, tortilla chips, sour cream Lbs, tsp, cups


Start by browning 1lb ground beef with 1 large chopped shallot or 1 small onion, 2 cloves garlic, salt, and pepper in a large soup pot or Dutch Oven.


Next add 28oz can tomato sauce, 15oz can baked beans, and 15oz can black beans that have been drained and rinsed. For whatever reason I’ve always used Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans in my signature chili, but you can use whatever kind you like best. I just love how the baked beans add a touch of sweetness!

Now add all the spices that turn tomato sauce and beans into Signature Spicy, Smoky, Sweet Chili! You’ll need 3 Tablespoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon each salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin,and 1/4 teaspoon (or more or less) cayenne pepper.

The smoked paprika gives this chili a totally unique flavor and plays well off the smoky/spicy chili and cayenne powders. Mmm! Now for the piece de resistance: 1-2 heaping Tablespoons brown sugar. The chili tastes completely different without the brown sugar so if you like a subtle sweetness in your chili then you’ve just got to go for it! Trust me, it will not make your chili taste like candy. It’s all about balance between spicy, smoky, and sweet. Place a lid on top then simmer for 30 minutes, stirring two or three times.