“My husband grew up in Cincinnati, where chili is served over spaghetti, and I grew up in the South. This family-pleaser is a mingling of both worlds”…and a great way to make a meal go further. —Stephanie Rabbitt-Schappacher, West Chester, Ohio
It's easy for Judy Metzentine to fill her slow cooker and forget about supper...until the kitchen is filled with wonderful aroma, that is! "I've served this soup often to family and friends on cold nights, along with homemade rolls and a green salad," she writes from The Dalles, Oregon. For variety, she suggests substituting jicama (a starchy root vegetable found in the produce department of many grocery stores) for the potatoes.
With two types of sauces, ground beef, spinach and three kinds of cheese, this dish is super hearty and goes beyond the expected. When serving, be sure to scoop all the way down to the bottom of the slow cooker so that everyone gets a good taste of this many layered meal. —Deborah Bruno, Mira Loma, California
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
This is an easy, wonderful recipe that is simple enough for an everyday meal but good enough for company. It makes a large amount, so it feeds plenty of people. I serve it with steamed broccoli covered in a cheese sauce and fresh bread.—Christine Eilerts, Tulsa, Oklahoma
This is my favorite soup to make because it's so flavorful, hearty and healthy. I have served this hearty dish to guests and received many compliments. The soup will be thick, but delicious.—Penny Novy, Buffalo Grove, Illinois