Click to enlarge - Tara's chile with a dollop od sour cream and corn chips.



Bobbi first tasted her skydiving buddy Taras chili at an informal dinner party. The dish was a hit and recipes exchanged. Tara says that this recipe is from her family back in the Dakotas and it has been made this way just about as long as she can remember.

Preparation Time : 1 hour

Makes about 6 quarts

Life Experience Recipe

Bobbi Falk

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 yellow Bell pepper
  • 1 red Bell pepper
  • 1 29-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 12-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 15-ounce can red kidney beans
  • 1 30-ounce can chili beans
  • 12 drops Tabasco Sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 green Bell pepper
  • 1 orange Bell pepper
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 3/4-ounce can tomato soup
  • 2 soup cans water
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice mix
  1. Dice the onion and Bell peppers and set aside. Drain and rinse pinto beans and red kidney beans. Set aside.
  2. In a large frying pan, brown the ground meat, breaking it into small pieces. When the meat has browned, remove the meat from the pan and set aside. Discard the rendered fat.
  3. Add a small amount of oil to the same frying pan. When the oil is hot, add the onion and Bell peppers and stir and fry until the vegetables are soft. Return the meat to the pan. (If your frying pan isnt very large, you may want to transfer the cooking mixture to a larger pot.)
  4. Add tomato products, the drained and rinsed beans and the chili beans to the frying pan with the meat and Bell peppers. Stir well to mix. Add 1 soup can of water reserving the other can of water if needed. Season with garlic salt, allspice, brown sugar, black pepper and Chinese spice mix. When the mixture begins to boil, reduce heat to a simmer.
  5. Cook and stir to meld flavors and thicken sauce. If the sauce thickens too much, use the reserved can of water as need to thin the sauce. Add Tabasco Sauce in increments, stirring between additions, until it is just the way you like it. Cook, simmer and stir frequently for 20 minutes.

Serve with Fritos and a dollop of sour cream.

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