My chili has definitely evolved over the years. I quickly grew tired of the plain chili flavor, so I started experimenting with spices. One time I decided to add cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to the chili powder and cumin that was in my mom’s recipe. I also began adding a splash of honey or maple syrup to the pot, because those warm spices demanded a subtle sweet background to really stand out in this Sweet and Spicy Chili recipe!
Add EVOO to a 7 quart pot. Saute onion for 3-5 minutes then add ground beef.
Once the beef is cooked through, add the 3 cans of beans, can of diced tomato, and 6 cups of tomato sauce.
Add spices and simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. ENJOY!!!
Modifications for Wild Game: Substitute 4 slices of chopped bacon for the EVOO. Render the fat from the bacon and set aside solids for garnish. Cook meat and onions in the approx 3TBS fat, and proceed with the recipe as written.