Sweet Italian Chili

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Ready In:
2hrs 45mins
9 heaping cups




  • Brown ground beef in a dutch oven.
  • Drain and return to pan.
  • Add bell pepper, parsley, onion and celery.
  • Saute until onion is clear, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

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  1. HJMcChristian
    I'm making this for the fourth time today in two months. I tripled the recipe for a small party and there were no leftovers - everyone loves it. This is now a staple in our house. It's hearty and robust for Dad, and not spicy and sweet for Mom. I don't add water since we like our chili thick. I always cook my meat seperately from my onions so I don't have to worry about under/over cooking them. Everything goes in the crockpot once the chili is assembled for at least three hours.
  2. Farflight8
    This is our favorite chili. A winter staple. I add mushrooms and extras on the other veggies (tastes great, extra healthy!) I've also made it with ground turkey and found it to be equally good. Thanks for a great recipe!!
  3. misterknite
    Absolutely delicious! Just the right amount of saucy and hearty. Thank you GIngerbear!
  4. SmoochTheCook
    This was pretty good, definitely didn't burn the tummy like most chilis do. My dad didn't care much for it, because he likes traditional chili. I thought this would be a nice compromise since mom doesn't like spicey foods. Haha! Ah, well, it was a good little meal with a spinach salad and a side of strawberries. Thanks for the opportunity to try something unique!
  5. Finicky
    I didn't have a dutch oven so I just cooked the ground beef in a skillet. I had trouble getting the onions to saute without burning the meat. I would suggest cooking them up separately at the same time the ground beef is cooking. Otherwise, this was pretty simple to make and did taste good. I give it 3 stars because I 'like it'. I just don't think sweet chili is for me. I might try it again though without adding the sugar. If you really like a spicy chili you'll need to add some additional spice. It wasn't hot at all, and it isn't supposed to be. It's a great recipe to make for kids.


  1. wyzgirl14
    Absolutely amazing Chili! I cooked up the ground beef, cut up the veggies and threw all in the crockpot and put it on Low for 6 hours and it was excellent - a very tasty, sweet Chili! (I made the recipe as stated, except put in a few teaspoons of minced garlic instead of the garlic powder.) My family and I loved it and it's a keeper! Thanks for sharing, Gingerbear!
  2. Fanged Menace
    Yum! Will definitely make again. I used half as much water and a couple teaspoons of cloves, and I added a cup of chopped carrot and substituted 4 tablespoons of minced garlic for the garlic powder. Next time I'll bump up the bell pepper and onion to at least a cup each and use half as much chili powder, as I found it too spicy (but I don't like spicy food at all).


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