Sweet and Spicy Chili with Beer

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Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Beer

We made this Sweet Spicy Chili in honor of the change of seasons. We thought that there is no other way to celebrate in style than with this Sweet Spicy Chili with Beer. And not just any beer, Stout Beer.

Rich and bold Sweet and Spicy Chili you’ll want to serve over and over again!

Sweet Spicy Honey Chili

Chili is such a perfect dish for any weeknight evening. It doesn’t require a lot of time to fix and it’s a filling, healthy, and delicious meal to prepare. We think this Sweet Spicy Chili is borderline comfort food.

About Chili Seasoning and good health

Spices in chili-like chili powder, cumin, and paprika enhance the acidity of the tomatoes and they also offer a lot of health benefits. When combining these spices in chili with beans you benefit from filling fiber and protein. We build on that healthy foundation by using honey instead of processed sugar. Adding sugar to Chili is a great way to further neutralize an acidic, overly spicy dish. It shouldn’t surprise you that we decided to take that to another level by using our honey instead. Honey adds a unique flavor, richness, and depth to this recipe, so does beer.

Sweet Spicy Honey Chili with Beer

This Chili is easy to make, delicious and satisfying

Put all the ingredients of this Sweet Spicy Honey Chili in a slow cooker in the morning and return home to dinner. That said, this dish really doesn’t take that long to prepare if you aren’t able to plan ahead. First thing when you get home from work, put all the ingredients in a pot and let it simmer for twenty or so minutes and you’ll have a delicious dish to share with your special people. The great thing is, this Sweet and Spicy Chili gets even better with time. That means any leftovers will make wonderful additions to your lunch tomorrow! The bold flavor of this Sweet and Spicy Honey Chili is worth coming back to.

Unique Chili Recipes are all the rage

We are makers. Elizabeth Gilbert says this in her book Big Magic. We have been making and creating art, tools, food, and more since our earliest days. So, connect with the maker inside of you by changing this and creating your very own unique chili recipes with these ingredients and more. Make it your own. It’s always good to get some ideas, so here are some ideas for changing this recipe:

  • Make some easy pickled onions to serve on top
  • Add some chopped green or red bell peppers to the chili before cooking
  • Try serving this dish with our kale salad, it’s a perfect match!
  • Serve with this delicious Southern Cornbread
  • Get spicier by adding some hot sauce before serving
  • Top your finished bowl with a scoop of tofu sour cream and fresh avocado

If you decide to try this amazing recipe, be sure to take a photo and share them with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

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Spicy Vegetarian Chili with Beer

Sweet and Spicy Chili

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 320kcal

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  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 12 oz dark beer such as stout
  • 1 tsp. no-beef bouillon
  • 6 oz tomato paste canned
  • 17 oz black beans canned
  • 15 oz chopped tomatoes petite canned
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 c veggie crumbles
  • 1/2 c Waxing Kara Honey
  • pickled jalapeño pepper slices Garnish


  • Place the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for about a minute.
  • Pour the beer into the pot, followed by the bouillon and tomato paste. Stir to combine.
  • Add the black beans (liquid and all), full can of tomatoes (including liquid). Stir to combine.
  • Next add the chili powder, cumin and paprika. Stir to combine.
  • Finally, add the veggie crumbles and give that a stir. Then pour in the honey and stir again.
  • Bring the pot to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Continue simmering until the liquid cooks down and you achieve a desired consistency, around 10 minutes or so.
  • When ready, remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes before pouring into serving bowls and topping with jalapeño slices.


Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 917mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 2390IU | Vitamin C: 14.6mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 5.7mg

Marly McMillen, MBA, is a COO-turned entrepreneur and earned a plant-based pro certification from Rouxbe Cooking School. She publishes about recipes, health, creativity, living authentically, and the business of blogging at Namely Marly and Chopped Academy.

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Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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2 thoughts on “Sweet and Spicy Chili with Beer

  1. I have been adding honey to my chili for years , I like the sweetness before the heat sets in. I tried your recipe and loved it, thank you

    1. Cory! It’s so great to hear from you. Thanks for sharing. Marly’s chili recipe is so delicious… and we’re glad that agree.

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