My father came up with this recipe when I lived at home. He always added the optional cayenne pepper, and we four kids would mop up the chili with slices of bread. I don't use the cayenne for my family, but it still warms you up on cold days.
Green, sweet red and yellow peppers give this hearty chili a splash of color. I often fix it for my grandsons. Because they don't like spicy chili, I use mild salsa, but try it with a hotter variety if you prefer. —Richard Rundels, Waverly, Ohio