Happy Monday everyone! I’m really excited to share one of my coworker’s chili recipes with you today. I first tasted this chili last week when my team hosted a chili cook-off contest. Each contestant not only had to make an A-plus chili, but had to make enough to feed approximately 40 people. And boy, the contest was a hit. Seven team members participated in the chili cook-off and the rest of us had the hard job of picking the winner. This chili recipe was hands down the crowd favorite. In fact, I loved it so much that I made a batch for a Friendsgiving potluck last weekend.
I’ve been on a little chili kick recently. It all started when I got really sick a few weeks ago. I was on a whirlwind tour of the United States — I started with a weekend in Chicago with friends, followed by less than 12 hours to recoup in LA and closed with a week in Boston for work. While I absolutely love traveling, this proved to be too much for my body. I spent most of Boston sniffling, coughing and sneezing all to my poor co-worker’s dismay. I’ll spare you the gritty details, but needless to say, I was quite a mess. When I finally returned to my apartment and cats, I knew something warm and hearty was exactly what I needed to kick the cold. Enter the most simple chili ever.
This was my inspiration for this recipe: I opened the fridge and search for anything that sounded remotely good to add to my chili. By some sort of luck, it ended up being pretty tasty — don’t you love when that happens! Once I was off cold medication, I tweaked the recipe a little further to help with cooking time.
I hope you enjoy!