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Dad’s Spicy Chili & KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

I’ve shared a few of my dad’s recipes on our blog before-his Cinnamon Rolls and Frozen Cookies are two of my all-time favorite recipes. My dad can also make a mean pot of chili. When we went to Illinois, my dad taught Josh how to make his famous chili. Josh loves it and so does the rest of my family. My dad’s chili is hearty, spicy, and full of meat. My dad calls it the “all meat, all the time” chili. So meat lovers, get your chili bowls ready, you are going to love my Dad’s Spicy Chili.

My dad has been making his famous chili for as long as I can remember. When we have get togethers in the winter months, my dad’s chili is often on the menu. Everyone wants “Parry’s Chili.” He usually makes it with half Italian sausage and half hamburger meat, but since Josh isn’t a hamburger fan, he used all Italian sausage this time around. My dad says it’s good either way. The jalapeños give the chili a nice kick. If you aren’t a fan of spicy, you can leave the jalapeños out, but my dad likes spicy chili.

My dad says the key to his chili is lots of chili powder and cumin…also known as the smelly armpit stuff. My dad thinks cumin smells like smelly armpits. I don’t know where he got that comparison, but it’s become a family joke.  I don’t know why he would want to add it to his chili, but he says lots of cumin is important. I guess he likes smelly armpits:) My dad also eats his chili with lots of saltine crackers and a big pat of butter. We all make fun of him for adding butter to his chili, but he does it every time.

If you are looking for a new chili recipe to try this winter, try my Dad’s Spicy Chili recipe. Josh made it for a chili cook-off and won! Thanks Dad for sharing your famous Spicy Chili recipe. Family recipes are the best!

To celebrate the holidays and family time, we’ve partnered with Just Ask to giveaway a KitchenAid mixer and remind you to just ask about your family genetic history. Together you can take a simple quiz to determine whether your family has a history of ovarian or breast cancer. Take a few minutes out of your busy holiday schedule to take this important quiz.

To enter to win a KitchenAid 5-Qt Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer: Head on over to Facebook and follow the steps HERE. Commenting on this post is not an entry. Make sure you follow the steps on Facebook! Remember for every extra step you complete you earn extra entries! 

The giveaway closes on 12/13/2012 at 11:59 MST. The winner will be chosen via and will be notified via email on 12/14/2012. The winner gets to pick what color KitchenAid Mixer they want!

And make sure you visit for 10 more chances to win a KitchenAid Mixer and to enter the Grand Prize, which includes: a KitchenAid Mixer, 4-pack of Kindle devices, $100 Amazon Gift Card, $50 gift card to Sweet Shop, 17-piece KitchenAid Tool & Gadget Set, 4 personalized aprons, and a Wushtof Knife Set.

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Dad's Spicy Chili

Yield: 16 servings-it makes a big pot of chili

My dad's spicy chili is a family favorite! We hope you enjoy it too!


1 1/2 bags (24 ounces) of dry small red beans
2 lbs. Italian sausage (or 1 lb. Italian sausage and 1 lb. ground hamburger)
1 large onion, diced
6 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
3 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/3 cup jalapeño slices


1. Soak beans in large pot overnight. When ready to cook the chili, add the diced onion, bay leaves and salt to the beans and boil until the beans are soft. Pour out excess water until the water and bean levels are the same.

2. Brown the meat in a large skillet. In a separate large pan, make the sauce. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, sugar, black pepper, red pepper, and jalapeños. Simmer for 15 minutes.

3. Add meat and sauce to the pot of beans and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve chili warm.

Note-you can adjust the seasonings to your likings. My dad likes it spicy! Also feel free to add your favorite chili toppings-cheese, crackers, green onion, sour cream, or butter-like my dad:) It is also great with cornbread.

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Just Ask, but our opinions are our own. 

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95 Responses to “Dad’s Spicy Chili & KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway”

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  1. Erica — December 5, 2012 @ 4:44 am

    haha cumin does smell funny. I agree with your Dad that you have to go heavy on the chili powder and cumin to get a good chili. Yum!

  2. Sister Spice — December 5, 2012 @ 6:11 am

    Even though it’s 70 degrees where I live, I seriously cannot wait to try this chili! Maybe if I make it it’ll automatically get colder like December should be..

  3. Your Dad’s Spicy Chili looks great! I don’t know what it is with men and chili, but it’s one recipe they can do right!!!

  4. raquel mountoulais — December 5, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Done all and took quiz

  5. Summer Merrill — December 5, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    Nothing beats a bowl of hot chili! Looks delicious.

  6. MaryBeth — December 5, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    Thanks for solving my “what am I going to make for dinner tonight” dilemma. It will be chili – I always top mine with sour cream, grated cheddar and green onions.

  7. Becca — December 5, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Oh my goodness! I love chili! I can’t wait to try it. If you ever want to try a flavor explosion, make the Stretch (a local favorite). It’s a layer of kartoffelpuffer (German hash browns), a layer of chili, and a layer of eggs (scrambled, sunny side up, whatever!) all topped with shredded cheese and diced onions. Delicious!

  8. Arthur in the Garden! — December 5, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    I will have to try this one. Chili is always nice on a cold winter day!

  9. Bill — December 5, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Hot chili on a cold day sounds great.

  10. Krista Sanderson — December 5, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Gotta love chili!

  11. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — December 5, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    I actually love my dad’s recipe too, and his has won chili contests every year! Both that I have entered and that he has. I love family recipes.

  12. April Lopez — December 5, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    Oh cumin is one of my favorite spices. Anything using it has to be super yummy.

  13. Trina — December 5, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    Looks like a great chili recipe. I love chili. Would substituting canned kidney beans be a problem? Also, TOO FUNNY about your dad putting butter in his chili, MY dad does the same thing. Never understood it… must be a guy thing. LOL

    • Two Peas replied: — December 5th, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      My dad always uses dried beans, but I am sure canned would be fine. Enjoy!

  14. Alyssa @ Kitchen Cures — December 5, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    This looks delicious, I’ve never seen fresh jalapenos added to chili and think it would make a nice addition to dried chili powder. Thanks for sharing!

  15. armymum — December 5, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    WOW!!! what an easy way to enter a contest…very nice!

  16. Heather Strotman — December 5, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    I love the red!

  17. kelley — December 5, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    The chili looks awesome! I love the Italian sausage and spicy jalapeños. I like it hot!!

  18. kate — December 5, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    Maria – sounds like a great chili recipe! Love that you partnered for this giveaway – as a survivor, I know how important it is to know your family history / genetic factors.

  19. Amy Reed — December 5, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Chili is the best on a cold, Wisconsin winter day! Great recipe!

  20. Ha! I never realized the cumin smells like a smelly armpit. When I get back home, I’m gonna have to sniff some and then make some of this amazing looking chili. Do you happen to have a good cornbread recipe to go along with it?

  21. Andrea — December 5, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    I clicked HERE and it took me to the Two Peas and a Pod facebook page but I didn’t see directions there for entering the contest for the mixer. Help please:)

  22. mirela skinner — December 5, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

    Can i please have the recipe for the corn bread in the background?

  23. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — December 5, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    I love making chili! Great giveaway!

  24. Paloma — December 5, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    You said meat lovers and … well… it’s like magic words! I’m here! I’ll definitely try making that chili! :)

  25. Natasha — December 5, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    I love chili and just made a pot last night. I will definitely be trying your dad’s recipe soon too! And the mixer…love! need! staple!

  26. carrian — December 5, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    Cade loves chili, but I tend to shy away because of how spicy it is. I’ll totally make this for Cade and he will be so very surprised.

  27. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — December 5, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    I’ve never had sausage in chili, but it sounds amazing. And I am a fan of spicy so this sounds right up my alley :)

  28. julie — December 5, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    I love my Kitchen aid products. That mixer rocks!

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  30. Love the chili, lots of chili powder makes it better!

  31. Stephanie — December 5, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    YUM! I cannot wait to make this. Perfect for the cold weather.
    I am having trouble on the Facebook pages. I liked the pages, but cannot move to step 2. I really want to enter the contest! : ) Help!

  32. Christine Howard — December 5, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    Love chili!!!

  33. Alida @Alida's Kitchen — December 5, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    Love chili…especially when it’s spicy! I must admit that I agree with your dad about cumin….glad it’s not just me :)

  34. marla — December 5, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    A great giveaway and looks like the perfect chili recipe too!

  35. HeatherChristo — December 6, 2012 @ 1:05 am

    So cute to post your dads recipes- actually so cute that your dad cooks! (mine does not- well just waffles) This looks like total man chili- my husband would love it!

  36. Sandi M — December 6, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    I’m vegetarian now, but even with veggie chili the key is LOTS of chili powder and cumin. Father knows best 😉

  37. jann jones — December 6, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    ok, fb directed me here… So… Please enter me for the Kitchenaid, with that, I could whip up my familys pudding candy! And my birthday is 19 Dec… seriously.

  38. Joyce — December 6, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    I’m not a facebook girl. :(

    anyway to get around the facebook requirement?

    Love this shade of blue. I have the mixer on my Christmas list. I’ll have to make sure Santa knows it comes in this color!! :)

  39. Judi — December 6, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    The chili looks really good! And, my daughter would love the mixer!

  40. Marion — December 6, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    Have to try the chili – thanks for the giveaway opportunity – took the quiz.

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