Ellen Bales


Shonna Jennings, my co-worker at the Star, generously provided this killer chili recipe, just as she provides the real deal for office pitch-in lunches.


★★★★★ 2 votes

25 Min
25 Min


  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef or turkey
  • 1 Tbsp
    season salt
  • 1/4 c
  • 1 box
    (16 oz.) regular or thin spaghetti, or whole wheat
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 small
    can chili powder
  • 1 medium
    white onion, chopped
  • 1 medium
    green pepper, chopped
  • 1 stick
  • 1 Tbsp
    black pepper
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
    virgin olive oil
  • 1 can(s)
    (md.) mild or hot chili beans
  • 1 can(s)
    (md.) red kidney beans
  • 1 jar(s)
    (lg.) prego traditional spaghetti sauce
  • 1 jar(s)
    (lg.) any brand chunky salsa



  1. In a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven, brown the meat over medium heat until completely browned. Add the beans, drained, to the meat. Stir in the onion and green pepper.
  2. Add chili powder, garlic powder, season salt, sugar, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and half the spaghetti sauce. Mix thoroughly and let simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  3. In a large pot, bring 2 qts. water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook, following package directions. Drain the spaghetti in a colander, place back into pot and stir the stick of butter throughout the hot spaghetti.
  4. Remove the meat, bean, and other ingredients from the skillet and add to the spaghetti in the pot. Add the remaining spaghetti sauce, the olive oil and the salsa. Mix all ingredients well.
  5. Cover and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.
  6. Serve with your choice of crackers, cornbread, or corn chips. Sprinkle bowls of chili with shredded cheese and/or ranch dressing or sour cream.
  7. NOTE: If the chili is not spicy enough, you may add a few squirts of tabasco sauce.
  8. Shonna Jennings, who lent us her chili recipe.

Printable Recipe Card


Show 1 Comment & Review

17 Sundae Topping Ideas

17 Sundae Topping Ideas

There’s nothing better than indulging in a frozen treat on those hot summer days, but it’s time to step up your ice cream game. These delicious sundae toppings will change how you scream for ice cream. From homemade strawberry sauce to skillet peaches to pretzel bites, your taste buds will jump for joy when you […]

Fresh Fruit Recipes That Aren’t for Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Recipes That Aren’t for Fruit Salad

One of life’s simple pleasures in the summer is fresh fruit. We know it’s delicious to make a fruit salad and we have fantastic ones for summer here. But, we’re sharing 18 recipes that go beyond fruit salad. More than just for dessert, fresh fruit can be incorporated into main meals too. From breakfast to […]

7 Flavorful Shrimp Taco Recipes

7 Flavorful Shrimp Taco Recipes

Shrimp tacos are a perfect summer dinner idea! Quick and easy, these flavorful tacos are even better than restaurants or food trucks. Tortillas full of seasoned shrimp, fresh salsas, homemade sauces, and all your other favorite toppings, the whole family will love these shrimp tacos.