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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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
6 hrs 15 mins
additional:
8 hrs 30 mins
total:
14 hrs 55 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
5 quarts
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Refrigerate chili, 8 hours to overnight.

  • 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

196 calories; protein 11.5g; carbohydrates 25.3g; fat 6.3g; cholesterol 22mg; sodium 810.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2016
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2016
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2018
I made this recipe yesterday. The blend of flavors and the sweet contrasted against the spicy makes for an explosion of goodness with every bite. The longer the chilli sits the better the flavors blend. Made this for a Boy Scouts chilli coof-off and it was very well received. Many comments about how I was "cheating" with all the tasty bacon inside. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2018
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2016
This chili gets rave reviews every time I bring it to a get-together! It's perfect!! Read More
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