January 16, 2011

Spicy Sweet Chili and Brown Sugar Cornbread

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This is the chili that Grumpy said he would be taking to work the next day if he was going to be in the office.  It was spicy, slightly sweet and oh so yummy!

I was blog hopping, checking out some of my favorite blogs to read for recipes on the day I was off work for a snow day.  I visited Donna's blog to find she had posted about some recipes that she could never seem to photograph well.  I totally get that.  I don't post many recipes that I can't photograph well - but are really yummy....and I would love to share.  I just tell myself I'll make it again and try again with the photos.  I think a lot of us food bloggers are like that!  However, Donna had decided that she was going to post the recipes anyway.  I'm glad she did that post because she inspired me to make some chili.  One of the recipes she posted was FFH's chili.  I really love shrimp scampi too and she posted a recipe for that - make sure you check it out!

So, needless to say, Donna inspired me.  ;o)  She also made me want chili for dinner that evening.  Of course, I can't eat chili without wanting cornbread of some type.  So I also made brown sugar cornbread to go with our chili!   Now, when I make something like Chili I rarely follow a recipe.  I kinda just throw in and cook and hope.  Grumpy really hates it when I do that.  This time though, I really came out with a great recipe so I decided I had to share it with you all after all!  I was snowed in when I made it so I couldn't run out to the store easily - and I found I was really low on chili powder....so improvisation came in and what a good deal....sometimes being stuck at home with only certain things to work with really can pay off!  If you make this chili, please, do let me know if you enjoyed it!  I know I certainly did - and I did take leftovers to work myself! 

HoneyB's Addicting Spicy Sweet Chili

1 lb 90% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon Accent seasoning (or seasoned salt would work as well)
1 16 oz can dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
2 - 14.5 cans petite diced canned tomatoes
1 - 8 oz can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cans water (use cans from diced tomatoes)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 hershey bliss minature chocolates
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Chopped Cilantro Sprigs

Saute beef, onion, garlic, and green pepper and accent seasoning until beef is browned.  Stir in chili powder, chili flakes, smoked paprkia and brown sugar.  Cook over heat for one minute, stirring constantly. 

Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.  Simmer approximately 15 minutes, uncovered.  Stir in chocolate squares until melted.  Top with cheddar cheese and chopped cilantro.  Serve with cornbread muffins. 

Brown Sugar Cornbread Muffins

1 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter

Sift together first four ingredients.  In separate bowl mix together eggs, milk and butter.   Stir wet ingredients into dry just until blended.  Do not over mix.  Fill greased muffin tins 2/3 full.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Makes 10-12 muffins.


Pegasuslegend said...

Oh my, we just got done eating and this is making me want to make some more room to eat ! So yummy looking!

vanillasugar said...

ms shelby, hello. i must have this now.
next time you make this, try baking the cornbread with the chili on top, almost like a bread bowl but a bread square pan. its to die for

ann said...

Yum. That sweet chili idea is so great. I am dying to try this.

Treehouse Chef said...

Chocolate and Chili? Sounds very interesting. I will give this a try. I need more adventure in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn said...

For some reason, I can't photograph cookies very well. A good, uncontrived set-up for them eludes me! But I have to say, this souns delicious. I am a little in love with the chocolate/chili combo these days. And you did a great job photographing this, maybe Donna can borrow your pics ;)

Pam said...

The chili and the cornbread both have me craving some right now!

Jamie said...

I know what you mean about delicious dishes that are hard to photograph. Bit your chili and cornbread look fantastic. I love the addition of chocolate to chili. Really gives it a deeper flavor. And I love corn bread. Can't wait to try both of these recipes. Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne said...

Wow, this looks sooooo YUM! Anything "chile", "chili" and says "cornbread" gets my vote. I'm definitely putting this one on the menu!

Lisa said...

Wow, this looks like a really delicious dish. I think I'd enjoy that brown sugar cornbread.

Flourchild said...

I think this looks really good..I wonder what it would taste like with a Sees chocolate in it..ha ha!! I like the idea of chocolate and chili..it's sweet anyways, so Im sure chocolate would add a real good punch of flavor!
Thank you for sharing your Valentine tradition with me! Ilove that G. hides your gift!!

theUngourmet said...

I know just what you...and Donna mean about the crummy food photos. Some dishes are so difficult! Wow! I've never tasted chili with chocolate. Very interesting! I'll have to give it a try. ;) Have a wonderful week!

bellini valli said...

This is no longer an "ugly duckling" food Shelby, it photographed beautifully. It also seems like it would taste good too!!!!

Maria said...

Love that cornbread recipe!

Fallon said...

Chocolate in the chili? That is amazing! What a wonderful looking meal.

Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said...

You've of best of the 2 worlds in the same package in the first dish swweet-spicy and the cornbread muffins wow - love all the menu :)

Have a great week!


briarrose said...

Brown sugar cornbread....oh yummy. I'm pretty sure that should be against the law. ;) I do love a sweet cornbread.


Lawd delivah me!! Swoon-WORTHY!!!

teresa said...

i'm constantly being inspired by fellow bloggers, it's one of the best part about having a food blog!

this looks delicious, and the sound of that cornbread is divine!

Grace said...

It's been so cold here this chili would be great, warm me up inside and I am loving your cornbread. Isn't crazy holding off a good recipe because we can't seem to get that perfect pic. We all forget that when it comes down to it it's the taste that we all crave. Btw your pics are fab, you snapped a perfect pic, especially the melted cheese and the colour of the herb is so vibrant.

Kat said...

Yum! Hard to beat chili and cornbread on a cold night.

Kirstin said...

Oh my goodness! These sound amazing. I made some banana nut cornbread that is absolutely amazing.s

marla said...

Perfect I added the link to today's post...thanks so much!

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