Chili Concoction Option

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Engrossed

I compiled some recipes and then played with it some more and ended up with this. My husband says it has a zing to it. It's hot but not too hot, I can't handle it too hot. Feel free to play and make your own concoction... vegetarian...ground sauce...just have fun!

Top Review by echo echo

This went over very well. There did seem to me a bit of redundancy in the ingredients, so in Engrossed's spirit of "Feel free to play" I omitted a few. I usually dispense with salt added anyway, and thus in place of fresh garlic plus garlic powder plus garlic salt, I just increased the number of garlic cloves and left out the other two. Likewise, there's a number of sources of "heat" here--cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, Tabasco sauce and hot paprika. Ikept the cumin and cayenne, increasing the latter a bit, and substituted sweet for hot paprika to retain the paprika contribution to flavor. The result was delish indeed and I do recommend adding the balsamic vinegar (I actually used a bit more than 1 Tbs); it does NOT impart a vinegary taste but does add, just perceptibly a bit of zing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, brown ground beef with onion. Drain.
  2. Add garlic and dry spices. Cook stirring for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add tomato paste, molasses, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce. Stir until combined.
  4. Stir in the rest of the ingredients (except vinegar). Bring to a boil. Turn down heat to low and cook uncovered for 1 hour, stirring a few times.
  5. Add balsamic vinegar. Stir.
  6. Serve hot with shredded cheese, sour cream and chopped green onions.

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