“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.”
When Mom came to live with me several years ago, I told her it was now my turn to cook. One goal was to enhance recipes of the great Southwest, so I experimented and test-tried several recipes. This is one of the successful attempts, and served with a fresh green salad, it has delighted many guests.
Kansas City, Missouri
Planning a Fabulous '50s party to surprise my sister for her birthday got me humming. Recalling popular songs from the decade gave me the idea for a clever name for the chili dogs I served. Like Elvis' tune, they were a big hit!
-Judy Nix, Toccoa, Georgia
Agnes Hamilton of Scott Depot, West Virginia uses convenient canned pinto, black and great northern beans to speed up preparation of her hearty chili. The one-dish meal has a stew-like consistency and a peppy Tex-Mex flavor.
You'll need just five ingredients to stir up this quick-and-easy chili from Jane Bone of Cape Coral, Florida. "We like to use medium salsa for zippy flavor, but sometimes I use half mild and half medium," she notes. "Sprinkle hearty servings with shredded cheddar cheese and other tasty toppings," Jane suggests.
This tangy chili from Linda Charlier of East Cleveland, Ohio, is chock-full of beef, beans and rich tomato flavor. Linda suggests serving it over cooked brown rice, a baked potato or with a crusty loaf of warm bread. “If there are any leftovers, it freezes well and also makes yummy omelets or filling for homemade burritos,” she adds.
Meet the Cook: The basis for this recipe was handed down to me by my aunt, who said she got it from a "grizzled Montana mountain man". I added some zesty ingredients to come up with the final version.
Hot food is something that my husband's family isn't accustomed to. So I adjust the spices for them. In fact, with a few simple alterations to the "heat" index, I can serve this chili to anyone.
Chad and I and our 2-year-old son live 12 miles from town in the country.
-Lisa Humphreys, Wasilla, Alaska
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