Warm Up to Sweet & Spicy Chili


Baby, it’s cold outside and it’s the perfect time to warm up with a delicious chili. Many chili recipes contain brown or white sugar. In this recipe, more nutritious barley malt adds a smoky, beer-like sweetness that contrasts deliciously with the spices and green chilies. It’s getting warmer already.

Sweet and Spicy Chili


  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 4.5-ounce can diced green chilies
  • 1 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5-ounce can kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 14.5-ounce can black beans, undrained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbs. barley malt
  • 1/2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Cubed avocado; grated low-fat Monterey jack or cheddar cheese; and low-fat sour cream (for garnish)


  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, add canola oil, spreading evenly. Add chopped onions, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, bay leaf, green chilies, and salt, if using. Stir until vegetables are evenly coated.
  3. Add vegetable broth, tomatoes and beans (with their liquids), and frozen corn. Stir thoroughly.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except garnishes and stir thoroughly. Cook over medium-low heat for at least 30 minutes, or until chili reaches desired consistency. Serve hot, garnished with avocado cubes, cheese, and sour cream.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories: 183 calories, % fat calories: 13, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Carbohydrate: 32g, Protein: 9g, Fiber: 10g, Sodium: 752mg

SOURCE: This article is posted by permission Delicious Living (and its parent company New Hope Network), a trusted voice in the natural living community for 30 years.

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