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Heat ‘N Sweet Chili

Posted By Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom On February 11, 2011 @ 5:39 pm In Beans,Beef,Gluten Free,Pantry Staples,Recipes,Soup | 6 Comments

Ever since I scored that fabulous deal all those cans of tomatoes and diced tomatoes with green chilies [3], I can’t seem to stop making chili! After making the Spicy Southern Chili [4], 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 ($.20)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (I get my maple syrup free from Amazon, using Swagbucks [5])
  • About 3 Tbsp chili powder (more or less, to taste) ($.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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