A Super Bowl of Chili

If you’re anything like us, the Super Bowl is a day to forgo any ideas about healthy eating. So if you’re feeling truly adventurous with not a calorie-count care in the world, you might want to experiment with The Bacon Explosion. Wait, you don’t have time to weave your bacon this Sunday? Here’s a quicker recipe for the big game that’s guaranteed to be easier on your waistline. This crowd-pleasing Sweet and Spicy Chili recipe comes from California Raisins (full disclosure: one of our clients) and you can find more tasty ideas at Love Your Raisins.

Sweet and Spicy Chili


3 pounds lean ground beef
2 large onions, diced
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 can (32-ounce) whole tomatoes with juice
1 (14.5-ounce) tomato sauce
2 small cans (8 ounces each) sliced mushrooms
1 cup sliced ripe olives
1 cup diced celery
1 large green pepper, diced
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons chili powder
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 beef bouillion cubes
1 cup California raisins
1 bay leaf
5 whole cloves
2 cans (15.5-ounce) kidney beans, drained

Brown ground beef, onions and garlic powder in large stockpot. Drain excess fat, if necessary. Add remaining ingredients except kidney beans, including bay leaf and cloves in a tea basket or cheesecloth for easy removal. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in kidney beans and heat through. Remove bay leaf and cloves; adjust seasonings and serve in crocks or bowls.

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  • Sacramento Bio Identical Hormones | Feb 3, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I missed my chance to serve this at the Super Bowl, but I will definitely cook it up. I’ve never had sweet and spicy chili, but it sounds really good.