Today I made the first pot of chili of the season. It’s smoky and spicy and features a little secret-ingredient molasses. Since my friend Alex gave me the idea to add molasses to chili last winter, I’ve been a fan.

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  • 3 bell peppers, diced (I used a red, a yellow, and a green)
  • 2 jalepenos, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 a medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 15-oz cans no-salt-added crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 15-oz can black beans (low sodium)
  • 1 15-oz can kidney beans (low sodium)
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
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  • 1 tablespoon chipotle paste (optional)
  • cuminir?t=jcrd 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B000VK86KA - First Autumn Chili to taste (I like a lot)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch of salt


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add onions and garlic. Cook until onion is soft.
  2. Add peppers, tomatoes, water, sauce, beans, and spices. Bring to a boil and then simmer for an hour.

What’s your favorite chili recipe? 

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Some of my other faves:

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