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Spiced Apple Chili

Nothing says fall like chili and apples. I use smoked paprika to give this slightly sweet chili a smoky kick. —Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour.
  • Makes
    6 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili beans, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional toppings: shredded white cheddar cheese and diced red onion


  • In a Dutch oven, cook and crumble beef with onion over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain.
  • Add tomato paste, spices and garlic; cook and stir over medium heat 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar and broth until blended. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, until apples are tender and flavors are blended, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with toppings as desired.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 284 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 945mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 7g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Remenec
    Dec 10, 2020

    What a creative blend of ingredients! This is the first time I've tried apples in chili, and it tasted so good with the cinnamon! Loved this recipe and will definitely make it again!

  • gremaux
    May 21, 2020


  • sgronholz
    Jan 26, 2020

    This recipe is amazing! Hubby and I were pleasantly surprised at how well the apples complimented this chili. A new favorite and something we will definitely be enjoying again!

  • Dawn
    Oct 5, 2019

    I'd made this recipe back on 5/8/2019 and kept to the recipe directions. This is a 5* recipe!

  • Angel182009
    Oct 7, 2017

    This was an amazing chili recipe. It was definitely a change from my classic chili with tomato juice. I LOVED the beef broth and apples in it.

  • annrms
    Oct 7, 2017

    Wow! This chili is delicious! I was unsure whether I would enjoy the taste of the apples, but I'm a convert!!! Not only did they taste delicious, they thickened the chili as they cooked down. I did two this differently. I used 93% ground turkey, and I added some tri-color bell peppers. I greatly enjoyed the taste of the cinnamon and apple cider vinegar in this recipe; they gave it a je ne sais quoi background note. The paprika added a terrific smoky taste. I will definitely put this recipe in my keeper file!

  • curlylis85
    Sep 3, 2017

    Apples are a fun addition to this chili, and the smoked paprika is great too!

  • Beema
    Aug 4, 2017

    I was already in the mood for Chili when my new Simple & Delicious magazine showed up in my mailbox... and I just happened to have apples on hand. I cut the recipe in half, made no other changes, and, Foodies, I heartily declare this very worthy of being the Grand Prize winner in Souper Stars contest. Bravo !!