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Micah's 4 1/2-Alarm Chili


"This is my sweet and spicy chili. Enough people have asked for the recipe that I decided to post it here! This makes a pretty big batch of chili. You can always halve the ingredients. Also, I probably make it a little bit differently each time, so it's no biggie if the ingredients aren't an exact match. I think that the chili is best when it has a few days to really combine the flavors."
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14 h 55 m servings 196 cals
Original recipe yields 20 servings (5 quarts)

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  1. Combine ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Pour off excess grease.
  2. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain and cut into pieces.
  3. Combine beef mixture, bacon, kidney beans, baked beans, tomatoes, brown sugar, barbeque rub, chili powder, hot sauce, and garlic powder in a large pot. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring every 30 minutes, until bubbling, 2 to 3 hours. Remove chili from heat and let cool, about 30 minutes.
  4. Refrigerate chili, 8 hours to overnight.
  5. Reheat chili over low heat, stirring every 30 minutes, for at least 4 hours before serving.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can also make this in a 5-quart slow cooker.
  • Substitute 1 to 2 cups cubed cooked ham for the bacon if desired. Substitute 3 cups fresh tomatoes for the canned if desired.
  • Substitute barbeque sauce for the rub if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 196 calories; 6.3 g fat; 25.3 g carbohydrates; 11.5 g protein; 22 mg cholesterol; 810 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I just made this tonight and everyone loved it!!!! It was by far the best chili I have had!!!! I will continue to use this recipe!

Made this for a board game weekend with college friends & it was a huge hit!! Might add a dash more of hot sauce next time.

This chili gets rave reviews every time I bring it to a get-together! It's perfect!!