Everyone has their favorite recipe - beef or turkey, or even vegan. This one works either way! Fresh onions and celery, a generous dose of spices, and we are on our way. I use layers of tomato flavor - tomato sauce, diced tiny tomatoes and tomato paste or puree. Beans - pick your favorite! Light kidney beans, dark kidney beans, chili beans, or my favorite - a combo of all three!
One of my best friends, Michele, proudly proclaims that her father ALWAYS made the best chili WITHOUT beans - but he spilled the beans and told meon the side that he always chops them up in a blender and adds them when she isn't looking. Don't you love the way that we sometimes hide ingredients from our kids - no matter how old they might be?
This is our favorite recipe, hands down. Spoon it into a bowl and serve with shredded cheese (cheddar, Mexican, colby-jack or pepper cheese), and set some bowls out with sour cream, chopped onion and everyone can design their own favorite.
A side of fresh warm corn bread or corn muffins, or a sprinkle of Frito Corn Chips, and you have a crowd-pleasing favorite!