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Sweet And Spicy Chili
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Sweet And Spicy Chili

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes



  • Brown the ground chuck over medium heat, then spoon the beef into the slow cooker, keeping the majority of fat in the pan to cook the onions.
  • Cook the onions in the beef pan, until they become close to soft and translucent.
  • Add the bell peppers to the onions and stir until all vegetables have softened.
  • Add the jalapeño peppers and minced garlic, stirring frequently for one minute. Then transfer the vegetables into the slow cooker with the beef.
  • Add the tomato sauce, roasted tomatoes, piquillo peppers, brown sugar, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, and crushed red pepper to the slow cooker. Stir to combine all ingredients.
  • Cover the slow cooker, then cook the chili on low for 5 hours.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, then serve.


*For a milder heat, remove the seeds and membrane from the jalapeño peppers. Leave the seeds and membrane in when chopping for a spicier chili.
**Piquillo peppers add a light smoky sweet flavor to the chili. If no piquillo peppers available, look for a jar of red sweet peppers at your local grocer (they won't have the smoky undertone). You can also substitute additional roasted red bell pepper (1/2 a red bell will work).