Heat ‘N Sweet Chili

Ever since I scored that fabulous deal all those cans of tomatoes and diced tomatoes with green chilies, I can’t seem to stop making chili! After making the Spicy Southern Chili, I thought another chili with some kick was in order…but this time with a little sweetness added in as well.

Sweetness…in the form of maple syrup.

I give you my Heat ‘n Sweet Chili!

For a Crowd.

(This recipe will easily serve 8 people!)


Heat n Sweet Chili


  • 2 lb. ground beef or chuck ($3.98)
  • 3 cans of beans – red kidney and/or black beans ($2.01)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes ($.32)
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies ($.16)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped ($.40)
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed ($.20)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (I get my maple syrup free from Amazon, using Swagbucks)
  • About 3 Tbsp chili powder (more or less, to taste) ($.15)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional – top with sour cream, shredded cheese, sliced green onions ($.50-$1)
  • Veggie Side Dish – steamed broccoli ($.79)


  • Brown the ground beef, drain and return to a large saucepan or Dutch oven.
  • Add the undrained beans, the undrained diced tomatoes, the undrained Rotel diced tomatoes iwth green chilies, the chopped onion and crushed garlic.  Stir to combine and bring to a slow simmer (slowly popping bubbles) over medium heat.  Stir in the maple syrup, chili powder and salt and pepper, to taste.  Let simmer 15-20 minutes.  If you plan to simmer it longer than this, cover it so that it doesn’t lose too much moisture!
  • Prepare veggie side dish.
  • Serve Heat ‘n Sweet Chili with veggie side.
  • Freeze the leftovers in smaller meal size portions. Or serve to a crowd with a side of baked potatoes or salad!

Cost $8.51 (not bad for a huge pot of chili!)

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Looks delicious but with a diabetic in the house we won’t be trying this recipe. Instead I will drool from a distance and try one of your previously posted chili recipes. :)

We do something similar, but we use a bit of splenda – not too much, just enough to take the “bite” out of the chili powder and add a bit of sweet.

Love the Heat n Sweet Chili! I made it last night, I did not use as much chili powder I thought the 2 and 3 year old would not like it. They loved it and so did my husband who usually cooks and does not expect much when I cook. And I froze the extra so I have another meal ready for a busy night. Thank you I have tried a few things off your site and have liked all of them!

I made a double batch of these for church dinner tonight. All during the summer I cook for between 6-40 never knowing exactly how many, on Wed before church class and devotional. Everyone loved it, I have no idea how many people ate, but I do know that several people where not planning to eat and they did and loved it. I think there was two small bowls left at the end of the night, I served it with 3 big pans of corn bread and salad, the cornbread was almost gone too:D