A touch of baking cocoa gives this chili a rich flavor without adding sweetness. When I was growing up in the North, we served chili over rice. But after I married a Texan, I began serving it with chopped onions, shredded cheese and, of course, corn bread! —Audrey Byrne, Lillian, Texas
Super-easy and great-tasting, this chili makes a big batch of great party fare. I use my food processor to chop up the veggies and cut down on prep time. It’s also very tasty and lower in fat when made with ground turkey breast. —Cynthia Hudson, Greenville, South Carolina.
"My husband, Ron, and I farm," relates Chris Severson of Emerson, Nebraska. "I prepare this chili and take it out to the field during harvest. It's filling, warm and satisfies the hungry field hands' appetites."
"I was sure to learn the secrets behind my mom's zesty chili before I got married," explains Deborah Heatwole. "Steaming bowls of it are great in the winter with coleslaw and corn bread or muffins," she says from her home in Waynesboro, Georgia. Surprise your gang with the snappy supper tonight.
"I like to make chili from beans I've soaked overnight, but this speedier version tastes just as good on a frosty winter day," assure Lucile Proctor of Panguitch, Utah. At 90 cents a serving, the mildly sweet mixture of beef and beans is economical, too.
Youngsters are sure to love the fun shape of the wagon wheel pasta in this zippy chili from Lora Scroggins of El Dorado, Arkansas. It's easy to whip up with canned chili and tomato sauce, so it's great for a hot lunch or quick dinner.