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Melissa’s Chili is Better Than Yours!

Hi- I’m Melissa!

I am a new addition to the J Moore Agency, and I figured what better way to introduce myself other than sharing my favorite chili recipe!

When I was younger, I was always of course obsessed with Halloween. The dressing up, the eating a lot more candy the average human should consume in one night, the trick or treating with my friends, my neighbor’s spooky decorations.  For some reason what sticks out to me the most is my mother’s chili. Every single Halloween, she would make a huge pot of chili, we would put the TV on the porch, watch the football game, hand out candy, and everyone in the neighborhood would stop by for a bowl of the famous chili. My mouth is watering writing this and now I will not be able to stop thinking about it. The best part about this chili though, are the sides you must have cheese, a lot of cheese BUT the tortilla scoops are what really makes this incredible. Try this recipe out and you will not be disappointed!

Let me know what you think!

I look forward to working with you,

Melissa A. Wagner

Autumn Chili Recipe

  • Ingredients:
  • 5lbs chopped meat
  • 5 cups of chopped onion
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic (chop finely)
  • Chili powder (to taste, we start with 5 tbsp)
  • Cumin (to taste, we started with 1 ½ tbsp)
  • Cayenne pepper (to taste, we started with ½ tsp)
  • 1 big can of tomato juice
  • 28oz of tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 4.5 cans of kidney beans
  • Secret ingredients: 3 pieces of bacon if you wish! (cook until very crispy and then chop finely)

Cooking Directions:

  • In a large pot add, olive oil, a handful of the chopped onions, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper, sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chopped meat to the pot and sauté for 2-3 minutes (do not brown the meat), add a dash of salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the tomato juice, tomato puree the rest of the onions, vinegar, sugar, the bacon (if you were smart and chose to add it), and the beans.
  • Let chili simmer on a low heat, continue stirring and chop the meat with a spoon as it is cooking.
  • Taste Test: This is where we will decide if we want to add any more of the spices, we always end up adding more!
  • To Serve: Get all your sides! Grate up a ton of sharp cheddar cheese, have a bowl of the scoops tortilla chips out, a bowl of sour cream, extra onions, extra crispy bacon. My Favorite topping is fresh jalapeño from my garden-I like spicy

Serve yourself & ENJOY!