Calling all chili lovers, have I got a recipe for you! This Presidential Chili recipe is packed full of vibrant flavors, tender ground beef, and the right amount of spice. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, oyster crackers, or a sprinkle of sharp cheese over the top. This Presidential Chili will warm you up from the inside out.
It’s National Chili Day at the end of February so this week the Friday Recipe Club is sharing our favorite chili recipes. This recipe is an interpretation of President Obama’s family chili recipe!
Homestyle Presidential Chili Recipe
Michelle had shared her husband’s recipe, and it became an instant favorite and that is why it is now called Presidential Chili. For someone who knows chili, I couldn’t pass up giving the recipe a try. It was absolutely delicious, and I think you all will love it as well if you enjoy a meaty and beany style chili.
Growing up my mom often made chili. Her recipe included tomatoes, onions, ground beef, mushrooms, green pepper, kidney beans and lots of chili powder. I often make it the same way, but today I wanted to share a slight variation on the recipe. I thought why not step out and try something a bit different.
Another yummy chili recipe to try: Pumpkin Chili and Taco Chili.
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I discovered it in one of my cookbooks, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow, but changed a few things. They used ground turkey where I use ground beef. They also used fresh tomatoes and I prefer to use cans of diced tomatoes.
This recipe has a few different spices in it like turmeric and basil which I normally don’t put in chili. It also has a secret ingredient: red wine vinegar. Don’t knock it till you try it. It complements the flavors perfectly. I’m adding red wine vinegar to all my chili recipes from now on. It takes the chili to a whole new level of delicious!
Other Tasty Chili Recipes To Try
I told you I can’t help but leave a spot open for chili in my heart. If you want to try some unique chili recipes, here is a handful that I highly recommend! You will be glad you tried them, trust me on this!
- White Chicken Chili
- Southwestern Turkey 5 Bean Chili
- Quick White Bean & Turkey Chili
- Bean Chili
- Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Chili
Different Ways to Serve Chili Besides A Bowl
Okay, some of these ideas on how to eat chili are a little out of the box. BUT, know that some people swear by eating chili this way, and it could be a dynamite combination if you give it a try!
Serve over a bed of rice or cauliflower rice | I was a little taken back when I saw this, but a lot of people love it. You will find the rice adds a new dimension to the chili. You drain off some of the broth so it is more the meat and bean mixture.
Loaded Potatoes | I love this idea, on using a potato as the base, and pouring chili into the potato and topping with cheese, sour cream, green onions, etc.
Fries | Loaded fries are a favorite. Serve up your favorite fries, add on chili, cheese, diced onions, and any other toppings and dive in.
Spaghetti Squash | I know someone who cooks up a spaghetti squash and then loads in chili on top. It is like a ‘healthy’ pasta and chili version. They swear by the combo.
Taco Salads | We have done this with leftover chili. You cut up a head of lettuce, add on your chili and taco toppings and dive in with some tortillas or Frito chips. It is so delicious.
What Sides Go Best With Presidential Chili
You can totally eat this chili all by itself, and it will be delicious down to the last drop. Or you can reach for a homemade cinnamon roll, to add some sweetness. We grew up dipping fresh cinnamon rolls into our chili at school. Don’t knock it till you try it! Or go for a more savory side and do a cornbread! Both options are really delicious.
Best Toppings for Presidential Chili
While I love chili plain, I also love adding new dimensions of flavor by layering on toppings. Here are a handful of popular and tasty toppings to consider.
- Shredded Cheese
- Fresh Avocado
- Oyster Crackers or Saltines
- Tortilla Chips
- Sour Cream
- Fresh Tomatoes
- Splash of Hot Sauce
Give this Presidential Chili recipe a try if you are looking to try a different recipe for a change from your traditional chili. While it does have a handful more ingredients, they all work together so nicely to really add dimensions.
I also found that the leftovers the next day tasted even better. The flavors sat and really blended even more so the spices came out even stronger. But, I find that happens with a lot of chili recipes. So give it a try and let me know what you guys think.
Have you tried out the Presidential Chili Recipe yet?
Presidential Chili Recipe
The best hearty chili recipe made with a secret ingredient! Warm up with a bowl of meaty comfort food packed with ground beef and seasoned kidney beans.
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 2 28 oz cans diced tomatoes
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 19 oz can kidney beans, drained
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
- Brown the ground beef on the stove top. Drain the fat and add into your slow cooker.
- Add the remaining ingredients into the slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours. Serve over rice or with a slice of bread if desired.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 993mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 11gSugar: 12gProtein: 32g
Debbie White Beattie says
I’m liking this version just because it’s always nice to try something new. I bet it’s delicious !
Sally Antczak says
I am going to try this, looks yummy. I serve my chili with elbow macaroni
Karren Haller says
I love that this recipe is not huge, and you have several ingredients I haven’t used before, turmeric, mushrooms and vinegar! Going to pin and try on next Chilly day!Be sure to stop by #omhgww or #omhgff to share!
Sherry Canada says
I love Chili but never had it with splash of wine vinegar in the mixture, Sounds very interesting. After we’ve had a bowl or two chili. We like to serve over cooked spaghetti. Any leftovers (we usually make enough for an army) we put in freezer containers for quick meal on lazy days or nights and the cook was on strike. lol
John Schmitt says
This is the first chili I have made with vinegar and never will again. It truly ruined it.
Carol Domenick says
I have been adding apple cider vinegar to my chili for 50 years as my Mother and Mother-in-law did before me. Maybe it’s a Missouri thing since that’s where I’m originally from. I also serve it with macaroni and cheese to add to the dish. I don’t like chili without it. I even add vinegar to my bowl before I eat it. I live in Texas now and everyone thinks I’m crazy.
Ohhh I’ll have to try that!
I added Bulgar for some thickening and used chic peas, kidney and black beans instead of the meat and it turned out really good.
Why the red vinegar
Stacie Vaughan says
It enhances the flavor. https://www.mashed.com/272422/heres-why-you-should-add-vinegar-to-your-chili/