Not for the faint of heart. This hearty chili strives to excite all the taste buds. Each bite is at first sweet, and then 'blossoms' into a slow burn that begs for the next bite. Use coarsely sliced jalapeno, so that the less adventuresome can easily identify and scoop them out. Serve with fresh grated sharp process white Cheddar and warm garlic bread. Serve leftovers on hot dogs - yes, beans and all.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
1 hr 20 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, onion, red bell pepper, and jalapeno peppers. Cook and stir until the onion is tender, about 7 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, maple syrup, and kidney beans. Season with black pepper and chili powder. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.

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  • Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in the ground beef. Sprinkle beef with salt. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease; stir into the chili along with 1 beer. Cook and stir for 1 hour, stirring frequently. Season to taste with salt, and thin to desired consistency with 1 beer before serving.

Nutrition Facts

741 calories; protein 49.3g; carbohydrates 59.2g; fat 32.2g; cholesterol 142mg; sodium 865mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2011
This chili definitely delivers! It is the perfect texture and the perfect blend of sweet and spicy! Made just as is and enjoyed bowl after bowl. I found myself looking forward to getting hungry again just so I could eat another bowl! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/13/2020
Too syrupy. I used to have a maple chili recipe that used maple syrup and it was much better. Unfortunately searching for that recipe I found this one. Way too much syrup. Too sweet. I wish I could find the other recipe it is 1000x bettter. Read More
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2011
This chili definitely delivers! It is the perfect texture and the perfect blend of sweet and spicy! Made just as is and enjoyed bowl after bowl. I found myself looking forward to getting hungry again just so I could eat another bowl! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2011
Tried to recipe. I really like it and so do my coworkers (well maybe because I am their boss). I like the fact this is a sweet approach to chili. However I only used 1/2 syrup. I also love to kick but will definitely add more jalapeno peppers next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2013
I made some adjustments to this recipe but nothing so drastic as to change the integrity of the recipe. First I cut the recipe in half for a 2-person household. Had a can of chili beans instead of kidney beans; used a can of tomatoes with chilis; yellow pepper instead of red. After noting the amount of maple syrup to be added I knew it would not go over well at our house no one cares for a sweet soup so I only used 1/4 cup of syrup. For our personal taste I had to add a good amount of chili powder and a few dashes of cayenne pepper to compensate for the sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2013
I have been using this recipe for 2 years now and it is still a huge hit at my house! My husband LOVES this chilli and I have also made it for my mom and stepdad who were also fans. I omit the peppers (but that is just my personal taste). I think the maple syrup is the secret awesome ingredient in this chili. I will never make another chili again. This is by far my favorite and you wont be sorry trying it. Thanks for the great recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2015
2 beers and some maple syrup really change the chili game here! I loved this. Based on what I had little more than 3lbs beef and only 30oz of kidney beans I thought the consistency was perfect. I think any more than that and it would have been too chunky. This wasn't spicy in anyway and I did the full two jalapenos. Just a nice sweet and rich chili that holds well as a leftover. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/11/2014
Definitely needs some editing. Beans have no places in chili and that is way too much maple syrup (and that's a Vermonter's opinion). Add a bit yes but not that much... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2013
Very good chili. I can't handle much heat so I used poblano peppers instead of jalapeno and halved the chili powder and it was perfect for me. I also only used 2 lbs of ground beef to save and it was more than enough meat. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/13/2020
Too syrupy. I used to have a maple chili recipe that used maple syrup and it was much better. Unfortunately searching for that recipe I found this one. Way too much syrup. Too sweet. I wish I could find the other recipe it is 1000x bettter. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2015
Loved this recipe- I did make a few changes that (I think) improve it a little: Instead of just beef 50/50 beef/hot sausage Add 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke Add 1 teaspoon (really just one) of Tabasco Add about 6 times the chili powder Add 3 times the black pepper Cut the maple syrup back to 1/4 cup Read More
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