When you come into the house and pick up the aroma of this chili, it seems to welcome you and warm the entire house. My mother was a very good cook, and a meal of her chili, corn bread, hot cinnamon cocoa and devil's food cake brings back some of my fondest memories of her. —Norma Erne, Albuquerque, New Mexico
For a simple, speedy recipe, this chili has the rich flavor of one that has simmered a lot longer. Set on the table in the unique heart-shaped bread bowl, it's an especially "hearty" main dish. —Kay Curtis, Guthrie, Oklahoma
Satisfying young ones' after-school appetites is a cinch with this recipe from Joyce vonStempa of Jeffersontown, Kentucky. "Not only is it filling, serving it in a chip bag makes it fun," she relates. "Plus, you can use the leftover chili for a meal later in the week."
I developed this recipe myself when I was 16. It freezes well and almost tastes better the day after you make it. The variety of vegetables make it colorful to serve and give it the calico name.—Camille Gouldsborough, Grosse Isle, Manitoba.
"Having the seasonings mixed up in advance makes stirring up a batch of chili a breeze," suggests Mary Henderson of Opelika, Alabama. "It's a bold but pleasant blend. I like the round steak and ground beef combination."
"This peppery chili is not for the faint of stomach," assures Margaret Shauers of Great Bend, Kansas. "It's saucy and satisfying---according to my daughter, it's the one thing she can taste when she has a cold. It also freezes very well," adds Margaret.
"When I was a child, white beans were a staple at our table," says Gloria. "My husband, Bill, also loves to eat beans. "Our four children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild are not as fond of beans, but they still enjoy this tempting chili."
In addition to eating this chili the traditional way (with a spoon!), my family likes to scoop bites onto tortilla chips. The leftovers are great rolled in tortillas and reheated, too. It's so comforting to have a pot simmering when cold Kansas winds are blowing.
Many friends and relatives have requested my chili recipe, which I've been using for 25 years. It actually won first place in a local contest, chosen from among 10 other entries. It always comes out delicious. Try it and enjoy!