Chili Concoction Option

"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!"
photo by lazyme photo by lazyme
photo by lazyme
photo by lazyme photo by lazyme
photo by Engrossed photo by Engrossed
Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • In a large pot, brown ground beef with onion. Drain.
  • Add garlic and dry spices. Cook stirring for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add tomato paste, molasses, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce. Stir until combined.
  • 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.
  • Add balsamic vinegar. Stir.
  • Serve hot with shredded cheese, sour cream and chopped green onions.

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  1. 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.
  2. mersaydees
    This was a pantry-cleaning event, the product of which is some fabulous-tasting chili! Very rich flavors. Almost dessert-like, that rich. This has now become "our" chili recipe! Made for Please Review My Recipe Tag -- like it needs reviews! Thanks, Engrossed!
  3. Jewelies
    This is awesome! I'm Australian and really don't know anything about chili's (but learning fast). We really enjoyed the flavour of this chili. Engrossed this is something to be proud of. We don't have mexicorn in Australia and I didn't use the olives but we didn't miss them either. The chili has a lovely 'sweet' flavour about it which made it extremely moreish. With the recipe as written I was able to freeze half of it as another meal for our family. Served on white rice topped with sour cream, cheese, green onions and with corn chips on the side. Thank you Engrossed, this one goes into my favourites cookbook.
  4. Studentchef
    I really loved this chili recipe. I've tried other chili recipes and this was so much better. I like the idea od sauteeing the spices with the garlic and onions because it helped bring out the other ingredients and it had the right amount of zing to it.
  5. lazyme
    This is great chili. My DH isn't big on chili dishes at all, and he must have commented 2-3 times how good it is. It's got a very nice mix of spices and the consistency is thick and great. It makes quite a bit, so I'm going to freeze some for quick lunches. I can see this as a good one for Super Bowl gatherings too. Thanks Engrossed for another winner.


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