Signature Spicy, Smoky, Sweet Chili

"Signature Spicy, Smoky, Sweet Chili is my signature chili recipe. Slightly spicy, smoky, and sweet, it's crock pot and freezer-friendly, too!"

Prep Time

5 mintes

Cook Time

4-6 hours

Paired With

Main Protein



ground beef 1lb, 1, 2, 1 tsp, 29 oz, 15 oz, 15 oz, 3 tbsp, 1 tbsp, 1 tsp, 3/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1/4 tsp, 1 cup
small onion, chopped
garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper
tomato sauce
Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans
black beans, drained and rinsed
chili powder
brown sugar
smoked paprika
garlic powder
onion powder
cayenne pepper
Toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, tortilla chips, sour cream


  1. Heat a large soup pot or Dutch Oven over medium-high heat then add ground beef, shallot or onion, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper then brown and drain if necessary. Return the beef to the pot then add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Turn heat down to medium-low then simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Scoop into bowls then serve with toppings.
  2. Crock Pot Cooking Instructions: Transfer ground beef mixture to a 5 or 6 quart crock pot then add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine (can be done ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator until ready to start cooking.) Place a lid on top then cook on low for 4-6 hours.