Green, sweet red and yellow peppers give this hearty chili a splash of color. I often fix it for my grandsons. Because they don't like spicy chili, I use mild salsa, but try it with a hotter variety if you prefer. —Richard Rundels, Waverly, Ohio
Meet the Cook: Because it is so hearty, no one misses the meat in this chili. Both family - my husband and I have three daughters and one grandchild - and friends ask for it.
-Rene Fry, Hampstead, Maryland
Meet the Cook: Now that my husband has retired - we have two grown sons - we eat out a lot. If we stay home, though, he asks if we are going to have this chili! I've been making it, with a few ingredients added or changed , most of my married life.
-Shirley Marshall, Michigantown, Indiana
Meet the Cook: I started making my chili back when we lived near a huge farmers' market that sold all sorts of vegetables. Be as creative as you like with ingredients.
My husband loves chili, and this is a nice change from the traditional type. I've always enjoyed cooking - I grew up in a family with five girls. These days, I can count on our own youngsters (they're 4 and 2) to help me out!
-Judy Sloter, Charles City, Iowa
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
Meet the Cook: Down here in Texas, we've always enjoyed Southwestern cooking. This chili is a special favorite - I've prepared it for a crowd and just the two of us, too.
My husband and I have three sons and three grandchildren.
-Shirley Logan, Houston, Texas
Meet the Cook: Anytime you're looking for a way to use up your zucchini and squash, this recipe gives a different taste sensation. My husband really enjoys it -and, except for the zucchini, our two daughters, ages 7 and 3, do as well!
-Debbie Cosford, Bayfield, Ontario
Satisfying young ones' after-school appetites is a cinch with this recipe from Joyce vonStempa of Jeffersontown, Kentucky. "Not only is it filling, serving it in a chip bag makes it fun," she relates. "Plus, you can use the leftover chili for a meal later in the week."
I thought the original version of this dish was fine. But my son can't get enough spice, so I added green chilies and other seasonings until it created a quick and easy chili he's wild about. —Carlene Bailey, Bradenton, Florida
We're Nebraska Cornhusker football fans, and on the days when the "Big Red" team is playing, I make up a big pot of this soup. The whole family gathers around the television set to eat it while watching the game! I like to prepare dishes that have a Mexican flavor—and there's just a hint of that in this deliciously satisfying soup.
It's nice to have a winter pick-me-up like this soup to call on when I need a speedy and filling entree for supper. Almost as fast as I can open a few cans, I'm ladling out steaming bowlfuls.—Carole Holder, Norman, Oklahoma