Wayne's Sweet and Spicy Beef Chili


This spicy beef chili is a recipe I whipped together after getting bored with the soup-like chilis that are all too common among our friends and families. The style is spicy, yet sweet and mildly thick. The ingredients should be easily found in any supermarket. Serve with French bread and butter.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 large onions, diced

  • 2 large yellow bell peppers, chopped

  • 2 large red bell peppers, chopped

  • 2 serrano chile peppers, diced

  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package hot chili seasoning (such as McCormick®)

  • 1 pound 80% lean ground beef

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans light red kidney beans (such as Bush's®), rinsed and drained

  • 1 (16 ounce) can great Northern beans (such as Bush's®), rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato puree (such as Contadina™)

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes (such as Hunt's®)

  • 2 cups ketchup (such as Hunt's®), or as needed

  • 1 habanero pepper, diced

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 4 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (such as Sargento® Authentic Mexican) (Optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and saute until translucent, 6 to 9 minutes. Add bell peppers. Saute until soft, stirring occasionally, 6 to 9 minutes. Stir in serrano peppers and hot chili seasoning; continue mixing for another 3 to 6 minutes. Transfer onions and peppers to a large pot.

  2. Heat the same skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 6 to 9 minutes. Transfer to the large pot.

  3. Pour kidney beans, Northern beans, tomato puree, and diced tomatoes into the pot. Add ketchup in order to achieve desired consistency. Stir in habanero pepper and sugar. Simmer chili over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 36 minutes. Top with Mexican cheese blend.

Cook's Note:

You can use mild chili seasoning (such as McCormick(R)) instead of hot, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

758 Calories
37g Fat
71g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 758
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 1926mg 84%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 14g 50%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 162mg 811%
Calcium 559mg 43%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 1191mg 25%

* 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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