Homemade chili! Does it get better than that?

Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili Recipe

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.

Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili Recipe

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.

Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili Recipe

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.

Here’s the homemade chili recipe; I’m also including a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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

        1. 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.
          Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili Recipe
        2. Use your hands to mix well so spices are combined in meat. Brown hamburger and sausage in a heavy bottomed pot. Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili Recipe
        3. 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. Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili Recipe
        4. Simmer for at least 30 minutes, but preferably longer to let the flavor develop. At the end of the cooking time, add vinegar. Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili Recipe
        5. Serve with chips and sprinkled with cheese and a dollop of sour cream, if you like.

Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian sausage (hot, mild or sweet, your choice)
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 TBS chili powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ 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
  • ½ tsp. vinegar
Instructions
  1. Put ground beef and Italian sausage into a bowl. Add minced garlic, 1½ tsp. chili powder, 2 TBS sugar, ½ teaspoon garlic powder and a dash of freshly ground pepper and salt.
  2. Use your hands to mix well so spices are combined in meat. Brown hamburger and sausage in a heavy bottomed pot.
  3. 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.
  4. Simmer for at least 30 minutes, but preferably longer to let the flavor develop. At the end of the cooking time, add vinegar.
  5. Serve with chips and sprinkled with cheese and a dollop of sour cream, if you like.

Click on the image below to pin my homemade chili recipe to save it for later. It’s great for a Super Bowl party, snow days and whenever you need a little hearty comfort food.

Sweet & Spicy Homemade Chili Recipe



Comments

  1. Hi,

    I followed you over from Live Laugh Rowe Link Party and this looks delicious. Perfect for all the rain we’ve had in Calif. in the last couple of days.

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com.

    Have a great day,
    Michelle

  2. looks delish!!! love the combo of sweet and spicy!! thank you for sharing at Uncommon!! have a great night!

  3. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday link party. We LOVE homemade chili so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe soon. YUM

    I can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great day.

    Michelle

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