“This filling, hearty recipe comes from my grandmother,” writes Jenny Greear from Huntington, West Virginia. “It’s full of flavor, freezes beautifully and makes a complete, last-minute meal. I top it grated cheddar cheese and chopped black olives and serve tortilla chips on the side.”
JENNY’S TIP: “If I’m feeding a crowd, I increase the pinto beans to four cans to make the meat go farther.”
"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 came up with my version of white chili by reading three different recipes and combining the ingredients I liked. Everyone from my 2-year-old grandson to my 83-year-old mother is a fan. It's even placed in some recipe contests—one of these days, I just may bring home the blue ribbon. —Julie White, Yacolt, Washington
"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.