Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker Sweet Baked Beans Chili

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I was on in a recipe group on Facebook a few weeks ago when I saw a huge discussion/debate about people putting baked beans in their chili?  I was floored!  I love nothing more than slow cooker baked beans, and I thought that putting baked beans in chili sounded delicious!  I decided to start a little bit of research online because whenever I hear of a dish that I have never heard of before I always want to know where the idea is from.   Like, is this a regional dish?

I asked around ( to members of this Facebook group) and found out that most of the people who put baked beans in their Chili were either in the upper midwest, I am talking Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Lots of people from Canada.

So, since I live in Northern Iowa, how come I have never heard of this before?

Sometimes Chili can be a little spicy for my kids, so I loved the idea of serving them a chili that is sweet! They loved this chili, as did my husband and I.  I think I have found a new regular recipe!  I have already made it a few different times because I wanted to get my recipe the way I wanted it.

Before this year, I had always used diced tomatoes as my tomato base in Chili.  However, this year I have been experimenting with using tomato sauces and tomato juice in my chili.   I have both tomato juice and crushed tomatoes in this chili, and I like that the consistency little thinner than what I usually make.

I have made this recipe in both my pressure cooker and my slow cooker.  I have left instructions for both in the recipe.  The video I made for you, was this recipe made in my pressure cooker.

Check out a video I made for you!

Sweet Baked Beans Chili


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 1 28 ounces can your favorite baked beans
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder


  • cheese
  • green onions
  • sour cream


Pressure Cooker Instructions

  1. Set your pressure cooker to the saute setting.  Brown the ground beef. Drain and put the meat back into your pressure cooker's pot. 

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot in no particular order.  And stir. 

  3. Close the lid to your pressure cooker and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. 

  4. let NPR for 10

  5. Open up your pot.  If your chili is as not as thick as you would like, saute for 5-0 additional minutes. 

  6. eat!

Slow Cooker Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef and drain. 

  2. Add the ground beef into your slow cooker.  Add all of the other ingredients in no particular order. 

  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours. 

  4. Add garnishes and eat!

Now that I have made this chili a few different times already this year, it has already become a favorite in my house.  My kids are no longer turning up their noses at chili.  They love this sweet version!  My family, especially my older brother and my mom, love baked beans!  I cannot wait to make this for them!

Do you have a special ingredient that you put in your chili?


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