It's time for me to find a new chili recipe, and this may be it. Plus, you can make it on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. I don't have kids to worry about, but I do have an aging and jumpy stomach, so it's worth a try. Plus, sweeter chili (thanks to the brown sugar) is a nice change from the usual fireball. Thanks to the good folks at the Sweet Tea and Cornbread blog for the inspiration!
DOWN-HOME KID-FRIENDLY CHILI
2 lbs ground chuck
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced small
I can diced tomatoes with green chiles, like Rotel or Pace (use mild to control the heat)
1 can Hunt's Chili Fixins
1-15 oz can tomato sauce
2 cans chili beans, undrained
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T chili powder (add more for more heat)
1 t cumin
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t seasoned salt
1 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
dash of cayenne (to your taste)
1/2 C brown sugar (the magic ingredient)
3 C water; use 2 C if using slow cooker
Brown ground chuck, onion and green pepper. Drain excess grease. If you are cooking in a slow cooker, add browned ground beef to slow cooker and proceed from there.
Add all of the other ingredients in the order listed. Bring to a low boil, then turn to low and simmer for one hour. Stir every now and then because it has a tendency to stick at first. After cooking for 45 minutes or so, add a little more water if needed or depending on how thick you like your chili.
If preparing in the slow cooker, set to low and cook for 6-8 hours.