This simple sweet chili recipe makes a healthy, tasty chili con carne that will feed 4 to 6 people. Adjust the quantities accordingly, depending on how many you are serving, or make extra to freeze and reheat in the microwave for easy after-work meals.
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. When hot, add the diced onion and fry for a couple of minutes, while stirring, until soft. Add the beef mince to the pan and continue stirring occasionally until the beef is browned off and cooked. Sprinkle over the chili powder (use as much, or as little, as you like according to taste). Stir in and continue cooking for a couple of minutes.
Add the chopped tomatoes, baked beans in tomato sauce, red kidney beans and tomato purée. Stir in and continue to cook. Turn the heat down and simmer the ingredients for a while. Add some tomato ketchup and salt and pepper (to taste) during this last cooking period. The tomato ketchup will sweeten the chili con carne, so add as much as you like according to how sweet you like it.
Taste periodically while simmering the ingredients. Add extra chili powder, salt, pepper, or ketchup, if necessary, until the chili tastes as you like it.
Leave the chili to simmer (stir occasionally) while you boil some plain white long grain rice in salted water. Strain the rice in a sieve when cooked and pour boiling water through it to remove any excess starch. Serve with the chili con carne.
This simple chili dish tastes even better when cooked in a slow cooker. To do this, fry the onions and beef first, then add them to the slow cooker along with the other ingredients. Leave to cook on a low setting for a couple of hours, at least, or until you are ready to eat.
For added simplicity, when you are ready to eat the chili con carne, simply heat up some pre-cooked microwaveable white rice to serve with the dish. This is also a good option to serve with reheated portions of the chili dish to save you cooking fresh rice each time. To vary this simple sweet chili recipe, you can add different (or extra) beans, or add sweetcorn, for example.