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Not My Mama’s Chili Mac or Chili Three, Four or Five Ways

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Soups and Chili
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American



1 lb ground turkey or chicken or beef

½ c diced onion plus ½ c more for topping

2 minced cloves of garlic

1 T ancho chili powder or just use your favorite chile powder

1 T rojo chili powder

1 t oregano

¼ t allspice

½ t smoked paprika

1 t cocoa

1 14 oz can diced tomatoes

½ envelope Lipton’s onion soup mix

½ c ketchup

1 T yellow mustard

1 t Frank’s hot sauce

1 c water or beef bouillon

1 can pintos, drained and rinsed

1 ½ c grated cheddar cheese

Canned Parmesan cheese at your discretion

½ lb cooked spaghetti or elbows

BBQ Sauce

1/4 c ketchup (I’m a Heinz girl)

2 T Worcestershire

2 T brown sugar


Brown turkey over medium heat and crumble it as it cooks.

Add onion and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Push to side and add chili powders, oregano, allspice, and paprika. Cook for a minute or so until spices are toasted. You will smell them.

Add can of tomatoes, cocoa, onion soup mix, ketchup, mustard and Frank’s hot sauce. Let simmer a few minutes until liquid has disappeared by about half.

Stir in can of beans. Now stir in water and let simmer about 10 minutes. It should still look like a thick gravy but not be so thick as to not have liquid. If you let it sit a bit too long and it gets too thick just add a little more water. It can take it!

BBQ Sauce

Mix ingredients together and shake or stir until sugar dissolves.


Place a serving of pasta on a plate. Top with several spoonfuls of chili. Spread the chili with 1 T  of BBQ sauce or to taste.

Top with some spoonfuls of diced onion and then the grated cheddar. Feel free to use the Parmesan out of a can. And just for good measure I topped my chili off with a few pepperoncini slices, but you could use jalapenos. If you like saltines-go for it!  Crumble a package of oyster crackers on top or some Saltines straight from the cellophane!

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