Simple Smoked Maple Chili

Simple Smoked Maple Chili

This Smoked Maple Chili is a fan-favourite at Maple Roch for being easy, quick and delicious! This will definitely be a new addition to your meal rotation! 

Maple Syrup is an absolutely beautiful ingredient to use in cooking, especially tomato-based meals. Tomatoes are sweet, and chili (or spaghetti sauce) should never be sour! So, what do you do when you want to reduce the tannins in your meal?  You add sugar.

However, using white or brown refined sugar is an unhealthy and not nearly as flavourful as our handcrafted, farm-to-table maple syrup! This is why we always say a true chef has syrup in their arsenal.

We made our recipe in our Instant Pot but this can be done just as easily on the stove in a large heavy-bottomed pot.

We've included instructions and ingredients for both methods below. Let's get cooking! 

Ingredients Required

    • 1 lb ground beef (can substitute for ground turkey or chicken)
    • 2 teaspoons olive oil
    • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
    • 3 cloves minced garlic
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 3 tablespoons chili powder
    • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
    • 1 tsp. ground chipotle powder
    • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomato
    • 1 (19 oz) can tomato sauce
    • 1 (15-ounce) can beans, rinsed and drained (we used red kidney)
    • 1/3 cup of Maple Roch's maple syrup
    • 1 cup beef broth
    • Assorted toppings such as shredded cheese, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, or corn chips

 

How To Make Smoked Maple Chili (Stovetop)

1. In a large pot (or Instant Pot/assorted pressure cooker) begin cooking meat over medium-high heat (saute function). Break it up with a wooden spoon, until evenly and completely browned. Drain the meat if necessary then transfer the meat from the pot to a clean bowl and set aside.
2. Return the same pot to the heat and add the onion to cook until soft, 5-7 minutes. Stir in the garlic, cooking until fragrant. Note: depending on your meat of choice the pot could be quite dry. Add a tablespoon of oil. We recommend either olive, vegetable, or avocado oil.
3. Add all spices, including salt and pepper, and coat evenly. Ensure you stir frequently and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
4. Combine the tomatoes, beans, beef broth, maple syrup and the meat you cooked earlier.
5. Allow the chili to simmer and cook, uncovered for 12-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Serve by scooping the chilli into bowls and adding your desired toppings. Enjoy!

 

How To Make Smoked Maple Chili (Instant Pot)

1. Turn your Instant Pot on using the Saute setting. Once heated, add 1 teaspoon of oil and begin cooking meat over medium-high heat . Break it up with a wooden spoon, until evenly and completely browned. Drain the meat if necessary then return the meat to the Instant Pot.

2. Stir indd the onion to cook until soft, 5-7 minutes. Then add the garlic, cooking until fragrant.

3. Add all spices, including salt and pepper, and coat evenly. Ensure you stir frequently and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. 
Note: it is extra important to scrape if you are using an Instant Pot as it can affect the sensors on the pot. 

4. Combine the tomatoes, beans, beef broth, maple syrup and the meat you cooked earlier. 

5. Set your Instant Pot to the Manual setting and cook for 20 minutes. Your Instant Pot may also have a chili/beans function which is great to use. You can release the pressure manually or naturally. 

6. Serve by scooping the chilli into bowls and adding your desired toppings. Enjoy!

 

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We hope you loved this recipe. If you are interested in learning more about using our maple products in your recipes, check out our store.

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