Finally Mastered My Sweet and Smoky Chili Recipe!

So I have been making this chili for the last 8 years and it’s my favorite meal item to have on hand in the refrigerator. My husband loves it, my kids are all about it and it’s the perfect macro friendly lunch or dinner for me! It has an amazing smoky flavor with a touch of sweetness, which I love! You are always welcome to add additional spice if desired or even take away the sweet ingredients if that’s not your jam either! Cooking is amazing because you can alter the ingredients to make it your own. Have fun with it!

I’m a big believer in prepping your food for the week in order to be successful with your nutrition. Food prep doesn’t have to happen on any specific day! All you need to do is buy extra ingredients, find a healthy recipe you want for dinner and make it in bulk! You are already putting in the time and energy into making dinner for your family, so why not make it worth while by making enough for a few days or even the week! Give yourself a break and spend the time to invest in your health goals by being prepared! With that being said, I have tripled my recipe so you have 12 SERVINGS in this chili recipe. Let’s be real, we are a family of four, almost five! So the idea of having 8 additional servings post-dinner makes me incredibly happy. Now I have no excuse but to have a great week with my nutrition and it didn’t take any additional time! Imagine just adding one more recipe to to party and having 16 servings to get through your week. Yep! You just have to spend the time to plan and prep the meals. No excuses!


Sweet and Smoky Chili

12 servings!


  • 3 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced small
  • 2 red or orange bell peppers, diced small
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 3 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 3 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large cans crushed tomatoes (28 ounce cans)
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Garnish (if desired)

  • Avocado
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Green onions

*I choose one or two garnishes to add to my chili bowl depending on how much additional fat I may need to hit my macronutrients for the day. Today, I was having a dairy craving so I opted for 1 tbsp light sour cream and 1 tbsp sharp cheddar. I even added 1/3 cup of diced sweet potatoes on top so I could hit my carbohydrate counts! Not sure what the heck I’m talking about? Everyone has the perfect amount of macros (protein, carbs and fats) they need every day in order to make progress towards their fitness/weight loss goals. If you don’t know your counts, you really should! Contact me for help 🙂

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Heat large sauce pan on medium-high, add ground beef and brown until cooked breaking up beef as it cooks. Drain fat from beef by pouring into strainer in your sink. Spray hot water over beef to rid more fat from beef (yes, this is a trainer secret). Set aside.

Add diced onion, bell pepper, garlic and garlic salt into a large pot under medium heat. Stir until veggies soften and onions begin to become translucent. Add ground beef and all other ingredients and stir until combined. Set heat to medium low and allow to simmer for 20-45 minutes. The longer it simmered, the more the spices merge together for the best flavor.

Nutritional Info per servings (no garnish)

  • Calories 305
  • Protein 27.5 gram
  • Carbohydrates 21 grams
  • Fat 10.5 grams

*For the sake of the general public, I added all ingredients in order to get the nutritional value of each serving. However, I do not typically count veggies towards my macros for the day because my body burns more energy digesting them than the calories they offer. If you are a HellaBella Athletics member, please see nutritional info below for your counts according to the HB rules.

HellaBella Nutritional Info

  • Calories 260
  • Protein 25
  • Carbohydrates 11
  • Fat 10

*According to these counts, you will see why I added the sweet potatoes and a bit of fat. I needed more of each in order to get what I needed for the meal and the day.


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