Cincinnati Style Sweet Chili

Homemade in Minutes


Cincinnati Style Sweet Chili’s secret ingredients of cinnamon and unsweetened chocolate give this dark red kidney bean mix its original character. The addition of barbeque sauce to ground beef adds a sweet tang to this easy-to-prepare chili in only 45 minutes.

Nutrition: Clean Label, Nothing Artificial, No Added Salt, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan Friendly.
Allergen: May contain Milk, Soy.
Serves: 8
Cooktime: 45 Minutes

Heat: Mild

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Dark Red Kidney Bean, Unsweetened Dark Chocolate, Onion, Cinnamon, Cumin, Ancho Chile, Paprika, Coriander, Garlic, Mustard, Cayenne, Clove, Nutmeg, Oregano, Bay Leaf.

Nutrition: Clean Label, Nothing Artificial, No Added Salt, Gluten Free, Non-GMO.

  • 2 lbs Ground sirloin (or chuck or round)
  • 1 Can of tomato sauce (26-30 oz.)
  • ½ cup Barbeque sauce (sweet rather than smoky)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

  1. In a 3 to 4-quart pot, crumble and brown ground meat in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, if desired.
  2. Stir in chili mix, tomato sauce, barbeque sauce, water, brown sugar and red wine vinegar.
  3. Bring chili to a boil and then reduce to simmer.
  4. Add contents of chocolate packet, cover and cook for 40 minutes.
  5. Remove bay leaf and serve.

Recipe Adaptations

Product Reviews

  • 5
    Five-way chili!

    Posted by Kerri on Apr 16th 2024

    Eat it Cincinnati five-way style, over spaghetti with chopped onions and shredded cheddar on it. Fantastic!

  • 4
    Cincinnati Style Sweet Chili

    Posted by Joan on Sep 3rd 2023

    Made this for four people. It was absolutely delicious! I modified the Chili somewhat. I used 1 lb. of ground round (mainly because that's all I had) and I substituted apple cider vinegar in place of red wine vinegar. I happen not to be a fan of red wine vinegar. Otherwise, the rest of the ingredients I used was as written. I served the chili with homemade corn bread and offered cheddar cheese and sour cream as toppings for the chili. We also had watermelon balls as a fruit at the end of the meal. The reason I gave this recipe 4 stars out of 5 was because the amount made was not enough for the 8 servings as stated on the packaging.

  • 5
    Sweet Chili is awesome!

    Posted by Karen Jessup on May 11th 2023

    Your Sweet Chili is absolutely awesome!

  • 4
    Tried with a crockpot and turned out great!

    Posted by James B. on Nov 16th 2022

    Tried with a crockpot and turned out great! Mixed everything in a crockpot (minus chocolate) while ground beef was cooking then drained and added it in. Let it cook for a few hours on low then added in chocolate and let it go for two more hours. One suggestion id have for your mix is more beans but otherwise it's good.

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