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Sweet and Spicy Chili

We’ve had a hard time finding a chili recipe that we like.  They are either too runny or too bland for us.  We also have a big aversion to the chili recipes with cinnamon in them.  Not sure why, chili just hasn’t really been our thing.  A few weeks ago as we entered the first week of Fall, my sister offered to bring over chili.  I agreed, but wasn’t thrilled for chili.  I was pleasantly surprised, we all really liked it!  So, on a beautiful Fall day, I set out to make my own version of this chili.

The strangest thing that I kept from her original recipe is 1/2 can of refried beans.  I’m guessing it serves to thicken and add texture. Whatever the reason, I used it and it is delicious!  Now onto the big debate over noodles vs. no noodles: I’ve had it both ways with this recipe and either is great.  So go ahead and customize with your favorite noodles and toppings!

Sweet and Spicy Chili
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs lean ground beef (I like 90/10)
  2. 1 lb hot ground sausage
  3. 1 yellow onion, diced
  4. 1 green pepper, diced
  5. 2 medium carrots, diced
  6. 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  7. 2 15oz crushed tomatoes
  8. 1 15oz hot chili beans
  9. 24oz tomato juice
  10. 6oz tomato paste
  11. 1/2 can of refried beans
  12. 1/4 c chili powder
  13. 1/2 c brown sugar
  14. 2 T worchestershire sauce
  15. 1 T cumin
  16. 1 t garlic powder
  17. salt and pepper
  18. olive oil
Instructions
  1. 1. Saute onion, pepper, carrot and minced garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Saute until veggies begin to soften, 5-8 minutes. Set aside.
  2. 2. Brown ground beef and sausage. Drain off excess fat.
  3. 3. Combine sauteed veggies, meat and all remaining ingredients into a crock pot.
  4. 4. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Salt and pepper to taste.
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