This recipe comes from my grandmother, who—although of Irish descent—was considered one of the best Mexican-food cooks in western Oklahoma when I was growing up. Want to know her serving secret? Before you fill a serving bowl with the chili, rub the inside with a cut clove of garlic.—Christine Perry, Denver, Colorado
My husband usually tries to avoid spending time in the kitchen, but he'll frequently offer to prepare this easy chili. Of course, he always eagerly serves as taste-tester! —Linda Temple, St. Joseph, Missouri
We're Nebraska Cornhusker football fans, and on the days when the "Big Red" team is playing, I make up a big pot of this soup. The whole family gathers around the television set to eat it while watching the game! I like to prepare dishes that have a Mexican flavor—and there's just a hint of that in this deliciously satisfying soup.
This flavorful, meaty chili is my favorite...and it's so easy to prepare in the slow cooker. It's a great way to serve a crowd without last-minute preparation. I got the idea from my mother, who used her slow cooker often for soups and stews.
-Stacy Law, Cornish, Utah
My husband and I work together and arrive home at the same time. So I appreciate quick and easy dishes like this. The nacho cheese topping is a great addition to a tasty chili. - Sally Roos, Osakis, Minnesota
I developed this recipe as a compromise-my daughters and I dislike beans, while my husband and son enjoy them. By adding lots of other ingredients, the girls and I have fewer beans on our plate, and the men still get to eat the chili they like! - Diane Miller, Terrace, British Columbia