Corn and black beans give this satisfying chili Mexican flair the whole family will love. Adjust the cayenne if you have small children or are looking for a little less zip. —Stephanie Rabbitt-Schappacher, West Chester, Ohio
Corn tortillas provide this soup with both its flavor and texture. It's a fast-growing favorite in the Southeast. I especially like this recipe because it can be made quickly and easily and it can serve as an appetizer or a main dish.
We often have chili cook-offs at our church, so we trade lots of different recipes. I was always mixing and matching ingredients and experimenting, trying to come up with an original recipe that would be a little different. That's how I developed this one, and I never fail to get compliments on it! —Sally Grisham, Murray, Kentucky
THIS RECIPE has been a favorite in our family for years. Now that we have an empty nest, I took it upon myself to cut the recipe down to serve two so we can still enjoy it. The jalapeno adds a little zip and color!
-Mildred Sherrer, Bay City , Texas
For a surefire way to add extra warmth to your holiday get-together, dish up Angela Biggin's delightfully different chili. "It wins compliments whenever I serve it," she writes from her Lyons, Illinois kitchen. "Be sure to garnish it with bright peppers or herbs —that makes it look really festive."
"Simple-as-can-be" best describes this hearty cold soup from Chris Brooks of Prescott, Arizona. "You just chop and combine the ingredients, then chill," she advises. "It tastes great with crunchy croutons or breadsticks."