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
Meet the Cook: Frankly, I never cared much for chili. But my husband, Pat, likes it. So I just played around with ingredients until I came up with one I enjoyed - this one!
Pat and I are the parents of a pair of sons and the grandparents of five.
-Sue O'Connor, Lucan, Ontario
My husband and I work together and arrive home at the same time. So I appreciate quick and easy dishes like this. The nacho cheese topping is a great addition to a tasty chili. - Sally Roos, Osakis, Minnesota
My husband and I have always loved chili, but our daughters would pick out the kidney beans. When I discovered the girls loved Mexican food, I decided to use pinto beans in my chili instead. They loved every bite! - Tara Dvorak, Grand Forks, North Dakota
"Folks who like their chili hot really get a kick out of this zippy recipe," pens Amy Baxter of Bishop, California. "I serve steaming bowls of it with oven-fresh corn bread. It's chockfull of garden goodness—with two kinds of squash , tomatoes, green chilies, black beans, etc.—that you can leave out the meat altogether and not miss it a bit."