My Award Winning Molasses Chili

barbara lentz


Years ago when my son was in boy scouts I won the chili cook off with this recipe. The boys served as judges so I guess my secret ingredient of brown sugar gave them the sweet heat that they liked.


★★★★★ 1 vote

10 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


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  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 large
    onion diced
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 can(s)
    14.5 oz. chili beans
  • 1 large
    can 28 oz. crushed tomtoes
  • 1 large
    can 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 c
    beef broth
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    packed brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    each cumin and red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp
    smoked paprika
  • ·
    shredded cheddar cheese for serving (optional)

How to Make My Award Winning Molasses Chili


  1. Brown the ground beef with the onions and season with salt and pepper. Drain. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour adding some water if it gets too thick.
  3. Sprinkle cheese on top to serve.

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About My Award Winning Molasses Chili

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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