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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.

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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.

Good luck! And don’t forget to enter our other holiday giveaways! We have a few going on right now: iMac & $500 Visa Gift Card GiveawayBiscoff Cookie GiveawaySilpat GiveawayNeato Vacuum Cleaner GiveawayLe Creuset GiveawayChobani GiveawayKeurig Giveaway and Epiphanie Bag Giveaway. Happy Holidays!

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”

  1. aida mollenkamp — December 6, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    It’s soo chili weather, isn’t it? I just made a bunch of Turkey Chili over the weekend and have been digging into it with abandon!

  2. Becky @ Project Domestication — December 6, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    I’ve got to try this recipe…huge fan of chili powder/cumin combo. I love family recipes, your dad just seems so awesome. And the pat of butter, I’ll have to try that. 😉

  3. Diana @Eating Made Easy — December 6, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    Perfect timing with this recipe! I’ve been craving chili and this looks like a total winner… for some reason men make the BEST chili!

  4. kskitchen — December 7, 2012 @ 5:58 am

    I love to make chili. I could really use the beautiful mixer.

  5. Patty J — December 7, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    Fabulous colors on appliances make food preparation so much more fun!

  6. Nancy — December 7, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    We love chilli around here! So warm and comforting! Would love a KitchenAid mixer, too!

  7. The Food Hound — December 7, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    I have been looking for a new chili recipe, and I will definitely try this one!! I just made one with cinnamon for a chili cookoff and although I didn’t lose, it wasn’t good :) Too much cinnamon! I better stick to traditional- it’s what all my troops love :)

  8. Karen Haynes — December 11, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    I always love to make good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies.

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  12. Winnie Dolderer — December 11, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    I can’t wait to try this. I love chili and spicy too! I have not tried sausauge in it, so that will be cool. I am wondering if hot italian sausauge would be good to add as I love it……I will let you know!

  13. Diana Barton — December 12, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

    I have also subscribed on RSS

  14. Debbie H — December 12, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    My boys loved the chilli…thanks!

  15. Melissa — December 22, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    Could I substitute ground sausage and hamburger for ground turkey or beef?

    • Two Peas replied: — December 22nd, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

      Yes! Enjoy!

  16. Sue Hadley — January 7, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    Whoa – the amount of cumin this called for was way over the top for our tastes. Guess you either like cumin or you don’t but if you are unsure I’d suggest cutting back so you don’t get a “this tastes nasty” comment like I did!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 7th, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

      You can reduce the amount of cumin if you don’t like it. My dad loves it!

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  19. Amanda — January 20, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    My daughter & I made this last night we LOVE it! Thanks

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  22. Bobbi — January 31, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    This sounds delish. Can’t wait to make it. Thanks Dad :-)

  23. Angela — February 2, 2013 @ 2:26 am

    I was wondering if you had an idea of how I might manipulate the recipe to cook in a crock pot?
    Thanks :)

  24. Judy — February 3, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    very similar to mine(but smaller batch). I also use butternut squash or pumpkin as a natural sweetner as opposed to sugar. You can’t taste it.

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  27. Dylan BUnker — February 21, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    Great child recipe! Except its not spicy enough, had to add a few habenaros to the mix

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  29. CLeong — September 5, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    Making this as I type! It looks so delicious so far, but what hooked me was your dad’s description of Cumin. I thought it was hilarious because I’ve always said that Cumin smelt of bad body odor which is basically smelly armpits. I’m so glad someone agrees with me since no one else seemed to ;D I cut down on the Cumin as a result because I simply don’t like Cumin but only by a little bit. Smells sooo good right now!

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  33. Amy E — October 25, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    It was absolutely delicious! Very spicy and it had so much flavor! I use about double the spices that is called for in the recipe, I’m big into spices so I like to use a lot and more than what is called for. The only other thing I changed as well was the cooking method. Instead of making it on the stove top, I made mine in my crockpot. Which I prefer using because I just let it sit in there for hours and do all the work while it makes the house smell wonderful. It does take much longer than making it on the stove, but personally I think it tastes better in the end. I absolutely love this recipe and plan to use it again!

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  35. Nelle — October 26, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    loved this recipe, reminds me of my moms chili growing up. I thought it was the perfect thickness, and loved all the flavors with the little kick. Thank you!

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  37. Veronica Tebbe — October 29, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    I plan on making this recipe this weekend. How long do you have to boil the beans? I’ve never used dried beans so wondering…

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