Sweet Heat Chili

I am/was on a quest for the perfect chili. Let me stop there since a lot of you that read this blog are family. I love, love, LOVE my mom's chili recipe. Everyone Halloween my mom would fill our belly's full of chili and then we'd go out and feeze or patooty's off while collecting all kinds of wonderful treats. So like I said, I love my mom's chili but it's not the sweet heat kind since most of my family can't handle the "heat". (Sorry I couldn't help myself.) So as I was saying, my quest to find the BEST chili with that sweet front taste and heat on the back end, BUT I also wanted a thick texture. I didn't want a watery chili. Something I could really sink my teeth into. Well it isn't St. Patrick's day, but the luck of the Irish was with me because I have found THE recipe. And in perfect time since Halloween is this weekend and our son is old enough to go out trick-or-treating. I found the recipe from melskitchencafe but I've ommitted and added a couple of things for MY perfect tasting. Hope you enjoy!

Sweet Heat Chili

1 medium Onion, chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
3 stalks of Celery, chopped
1 T Olive Oil
1 lb Ground Beef (or Ground Turkey, or mixture of both)
1 Quart (32oz) Meat stock (Beef or chicken or mixture of both)
2 large cans Stewed Tomatoes, pureed
1 can Red Kidney Beans
1 can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 Bay leaf
1 tsp dry Mustard
2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
3 tsp Creole or Cajun Seasoning (I used Cajun Seasoning)
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste

1.Saute first four ingredients in 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
2.Once the onions are translucent, add the ground beef and ground up with a potato smasher (or whatever works for you).
3. Add stock, bay leaf,mustard, cayenne pepper. Simmer on medium heat until the liquid evaporates by about half.
4. Puree the stewed tomatoes and add to the pot.
5. Rinse beans and add tho the pot along with the sugar, vinegar, salt and cajun seasoning.
6. Simmer for 2 (or more) hours.
7. Let cool for 5 minutes before you serve and garnish with sour cream, cheese, green onions, chips, avocados. AND...

This is what all of the bowls at your table will look like:

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