This spice mix comes from my mother's chili recipe, which is fantastic. It'll make a great gift for the hearty eaters you know, especially if you pair it with a loaf of bread. —Vivian Huizinga, Shallow Lake, 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
My father came up with this recipe when I lived at home. He always added the optional cayenne pepper, and we four kids would mop up the chili with slices of bread. I don't use the cayenne for my family, but it still warms you up on cold days.
"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."