1 Spicy Sweet Honey Chili

"Sinfully sweet, tastefully spicy--so delicious I ate 4 bowls in less than 20 hours--2 for dinner then 2 for lunch the next day! Go on, try it. You'll love it up."
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  • Crumble ground beef in large pan; add accent flavor enhancer (optional).
  • Brown ground beef.
  • Add onion, green pepper, and garlic.
  • Cook until onion is translucent/brown; drain oil.
  • Add tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, chili beans, chili powder, cumin, thyme, salt and cinnamon.
  • Stir and simmer on low for at least 25 minutes.
  • Add honey; stir again.
  • Serve alone, over rice, or spaghetti.
  • Serve with cheese & crackers is a must!
  • Oh--great with corn bread as well!

Questions & Replies

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  1. flyawaymd
    MSG? In chili?? C'mon...
  2. Connie V.
    Do you need to drain the chili beans?


  1. avpfr
    this is a great recipe , but I tweaked it a bit ,needed more beef flavor , I added about 6 beef bouillon cubes , and fresh cropped tomatoes . Also for great color - and flavor I added about a cup of corn , more or less to your taste . When I tell people there is cinnamon and honey in this chili they are intrigued
  2. susan_ways
    This is excellent chili if you are looking for a different recipe. My family gets tired of the same old dinners so I wanted to find a different recipe to an old favorite. I made this for my teenage son and his friend and they both ate 2 big bowls and loved it. It is not as spicy as you would think so if you like a kick to your chili you may want to increase the jalepenos. The sweet taste offsets some of the spice. I was reluctant to make this because I thought the combination of cinnamon and honey would be bad but it was outstanding. My family has asked me to make this again but to turn up the heat.
  3. UFShutterbabe
    Excellent chili recipe. Here are a few variations that I enjoy - I use a yellow pepper (sweet), add a some cooked tofu (you won't even know it's there, and it's good for you!) and I throw in about 1/2 cup of sweet basil tomato sauce. Yummy!
  4. carlykate
    I made this chili on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in October, and it was exactly what we were looking for. I made a few modifications - only used one can of beans, and added an 8 oz can of tomato sauce for a richer base flavor. I agree with the other posters who say the heat gets lost - I added an extra jalapeno as well as extra chili powder, but next time will probably use 3 jalapenos, 3 tsp. chili powder and throw in a tsp cayenne for good measure. This worked great with some cheddar sprinkled on top and some cornbread on the side. Thanks for a great recipe - have definitely put into regular rotation!!
  5. foxieschic
    I was looking for a recipe to use peppadew peppers (piquant sweet pepper) and this seemed worth an experiment. I used the peppadews instead of the jalpenos and took out the cinnamon, other that that recipe as written, this is on our favorites list now and will be quite the regular. Can't wait to have it again, thanks


  1. arlena1978
    defiantly 5 star worthy i loved how first you would get the sweet flavor and then the spice would hit you i have been making chili for years ya know the old recipe but this is sooooo much better only thing i did different was used 2 jalapenos and Cayenne instead of cumin couldn't find it even though i know in my pantry but ether way it was delicious thank you for posting


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