Janet's Notebook
Mouthwatering Chili Recipes Will Warm a Cold Evening


It may have taken a bit of time, but winter has definitely arrived. Which means, my taste buds are eager for comfort food. Dishes like macaroni and cheese, soups, casseroles, and chili rule my menu at this time of year.

Chili is great because it makes a ton (leftovers are even better!) and you can adjust the spices and seasonings to what your family prefers.

Firemen are known to be great cooks and I was so happy when Daniel Rinaldi shared his Fabulous Firehouse Chili. This is one hearty chili and perfect for the colder weather. The spices compliment each other and add just the right amount of heat.

"This is great topped with mild cheddar cheese and served with cornbread on the side," says Dan of his flavorful chili. Thanks to the addition of six types of meat (yup six!), this is one hearty chili. It will make a magnificent meal.

The crock pot is a cook's best friend and Jenni K's (Carlton, MN) Mom's Favorite Crock Pot Chili recipe will be a keeper for your recipe box. "I made a huge amount of this when we recently had company and brought some to my mom for dinner," shares Jenni. "She said it was the best chili she's ever had and wanted the recipe right away."

This filled my large crock pot all the way to the top... but I was glad because it is so good! This chili has a really good mix of flavors and isn't too spicy. The combination of beef and turkey is a great idea. I was really surprised at how the chili thickened when I left the lid off... great cooking tip!

JM Avallone provided a ton of great tips when she shared her Chili recipe. I added 1/4 cup of quick cooking oats to the chili as she suggests. It thickened it up nicely and no one could tell they were added.

"I needed to make a chili for the bread I made the other day and found all the needed ingredients in my cabinet so off I went," reveals JM of how she developed her recipe. JM created one really great full-flavored chili. Without too much spice, the entire family is sure to love this recipe.

With the big game around the corner, Joyce Newman's (Roseville, CA) Super Bowl Award Winning Chili Beans will be great to bring to a party. "Most people think that these chili beans have just the right amount of kick," adds Joyce. "The flavor of these beans are really good, even if you choose to omit or reduce the amount of cayenne pepper if you prefer milder chili beans." It's a wonderfully solid chili for the hearty eaters in your life.

Want to be a bit adventurous with your chili? Take a look at Dianne Hocut's and Barbara Hahn's (Park Hills, MO) untraditional and delicious recipes.

Dianne's Salsa Verde Mexican Pork Chili was one of those recipes I just could not quit eating. "I make this excellent Mexican pork chili when I want something a bit different," shares Dianne. "I serve it with lots of toppings and lime wedges that bring out a bunch of different flavors in the dish."

I love the mix of cumin and tomatillos. It has all the wonderful flavors of Mexican cuisine without the heat. Simply delish!

"No chili powder in my chili," Barbara explains about her Texas Style Eggplant Chili. "My daughter Kathy gave me the idea to use eggplant in my chili instead of meat. It is a sweet and slightly spicy chili that can be spiced up using hot sauce to your liking."

You cannot tell that this chili doesn't have any meat in it... it's so good. Thanks to the peppers, you get a bit of heat, but it's definitely not overwhelming. I love ranch style beans and they add a great pop of flavor.

This is just a sampling of many flavorful chili recipes on Just A Pinch. Don't see a recipe that catches your eye? Search around Justapinch.com... I guarantee you'll find a recipe that will tickle your taste buds. Happy Pinching!

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Lou Kostura - Jan 25, 2016
Cowboy Chili

Don't wanna toot my own horn, well yes I do because this is a great chili
C P - Jan 24, 2016
Blizzard Warning Statement as of 7:38 PM EST on January 22, 2016
... Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 6 am EST Sunday...
* hazard types... heavy snow and wind with blowing and drifting
snow this afternoon through Saturday night. Sleet may mix with
the snow tonight into Saturday morning east of Interstate 95
before changing back to all snow by Saturday afternoon.
* Accumulations... snow accumulation 18 to 24 inches along and east
of Interstate 95... and 24 to 30 west of Interstate 95. Washington
DC is expected to receive around 24 inches.
Great day for my Chili!

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Cassie * - Jan 22, 2016
So many Chili's...so little time. We just love Chili, period!
~ Simple Game Day Chili ~ Cassie's Way!
Teresa G - Jan 19, 2016
Well, ya'll read my mind! Fixin' this for supper tomorrow. We're under a winter storm warning and that definitely calls for chili! THREE MEAT CHILI FOR A CROWD - T's Original
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