Sweet and Spicy No Bean Chili

Sweet and Spicy No Bean Chili

There’s something about having chili on a cold day that’s so comforting. It took me a while to perfect my recipe, but when I did, I never looked back.

Prep: 30 minutes


  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef 
  • 1- red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 - green bell peppers, diced
  • 1- large onion, diced
  • 4 - cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 ½ tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp. chili powder
  • ½ tbsp. + 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tbsp. cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp. + ⅛ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1- 28oz. can tomato sauce (no salt)
  • 1- 8oz. can tomato sauce (no salt)
  • 1- 6oz. can tomato paste (no salt)
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda

Cook: 1 hour

Makes: 6-8 servings


  1. In a large pot over medium/high heat, cook ground beef (until no longer pink), peppers and onion.
  2. Add garlic, stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add all seasonings, stir well to incorporate. Do not add baking soda.
  4. Add tomato sauces and tomato paste. Stir well.
  5. Add water. Stir well.
  6. After mixture comes to soft boil, reduce temperature to medium-low and simmer uncovered for one hour, stirring occasionally. 
  7. Take pot off burner. Add baking soda and stir. Mixture will bubble slightly, that’s normal, it’s the chemical reaction of the baking soda reacting to the acid in the tomatoes.
  8. Serve chili with your favorite toppings and sides.
  9. Enjoy!

*Suggestions for toppings: cheese, sour cream, corn chips

*Suggestions for sides: corn bread, tortilla chips

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