My husband created this chili for a local cooking contest, and it won the People's Choice award. It's loaded with beef, Italian sausage, tomatoes and beans and seasoned with chili powder, cumin and red pepper flakes for zip.
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
I am a native Texan, and this is the best chili recipe I've ever tasted—it's meaty and spicy. I'd make this whenever I was "homesick" during the years we spent away from Texas due to my husband's military career. —Betty Brown, San Antonio, Texas
Your busy schedule doesn't always allow you to have chili simmer all day long on the stove. But you don't have to wait until the weekend to make some. This chili can be made in a flash and is easily doubled or tripled to satisfy any famished family.