Sweet and Spicy Ground Beef Chili

A meaty, sweet and spicy ground beef chili, great for fall football tailgates and parties. This recipe makes a lot so be prepared to use a big pot! Serve with Tostitos® Scoops® chips!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
26 servings


  • 6 ½ pounds ground beef

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 (12 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes

  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 2 ½ tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 bunch celery, chopped

  • 1 ½ yellow onions, finely chopped

  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped

  • 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 (29 ounce) can light red kidney beans, undrained

  • 1 (29 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, undrained


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season ground beef with salt and pepper; cook and stir in batches in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes per batch. Remove meat to a colander to drain and then set aside in a large bowl. Drain and discard grease from skillet between batches.

  2. While meat is cooking, combine stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, chili powder, sugar, and garlic salt in the bowl of a food processor; blend until smooth.

  3. Heat olive oil in a 16-quart pot over medium-high heat. Add celery, onions, green pepper, red pepper, jalapeno peppers, and garlic. Cook and stir until vegetables have softened and onion has turned translucent, 7 to 10 minutes. Add reserved meat, stewed tomato puree, and undrained light and dark red kidney beans. Simmer for 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

341 Calories
19g Fat
20g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 26
Calories 341
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 591mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 23mg 116%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 593mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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