After a warm and early spring, we’ve had a bit of cold, rainy weather lately. A perfect excuse to bring out one of my favorite, crowd-pleasing recipes, which usually gets retired during the warmer months — my Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili.
In our house, we’re fans of the sweet-and-spicy flavor combo. Our favorite chips, hands down, are Dorito’s Spicy Sweet Chili. And I’m a big fan of Chili’s Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers. So, it’s no surprise that I like to give chili, a football tailgate favorite, a little sweet twist to tone done the spice. The heat comes from Italian sausage, chili powder, cayenne, cumin and peppers, while a quarter-cup of sugar provides the sweet.
Atta Girl Amy’s Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili
1 lb ground beef
1 lb Italian sausage (hot, mild or sweet, your choice)
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
4 TBS chili powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper to taste
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can tomato sauce
1 each yellow, red and green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bunch fresh green onions, sliced
1/2 tsp. vinegar
- Put ground beef and Italian sausage into a bowl. Add minced garlic, 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder, 2 TBS sugar, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and a dash of freshly ground pepper and salt.
- Use your hands to mix well so spices are combined in meat. Brown hamburger and sausage in a heavy bottomed pot.
- Once meat is browned, add kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, peppers, onion, green onions and remaining spices. At this point, you could transfer the ingredients to a slow cooker and let it simmer all day at low heat.
- Simmer for at least 30 minutes, but preferably longer to let the flavor develop. At the end of the cooking time, add vinegar.
- Serve with chips and sprinkled with cheese, if you like.
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