Josh's Four-Way Chili Recipe -
Josh's Four-Way Chili Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Josh's Four-Way Chili

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"This colorful recipe is a modified version of my mom's chili that I grew up on. It is called 4 way because of the four steps to making your plate: spaghetti first, then crushed crackers, next cheese, and finally the chili. I added the peppers, but the recipe is still great (and faster) without them. To heat things up, just add hot sausage and/or hot chili seasoning packs instead of mild. It is an off-beat recipe that I am sure you will love!"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. Crumble the ground beef and pork sausage into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until browned. Drain, and set aside.
  2. Coat a large pot with cooking spray, and add the green, red and yellow bell peppers, and onion. Cook over medium heat until tender, stirring occasionally. Add the beef and sausage to the peppers. Puree the stewed tomatoes using a blender or food processor, and stir them into the pot along with the chili seasoning. Mix in the pinto beans, and heat to a simmer.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the angel hair pasta, and cook until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain.
  4. When serving the chili, place the items on your plate in the following order: Start with pasta, then crush some saltine crackers, then some shredded cheese, and then chili. Mix it all up and enjoy! Caution, if you are not careful with your portions, you will end up with a helping too huge to finish.
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Jul 18, 2007

I'm giving it five stars because it was terrific chili but I would give it 3 for the directions. Maybe it is just me since no one else complained. I cut the recipe in half therefore it called for only 1 can of Stewed Tomatoes. This needed a lot more than 1 can. I am wondering if Josh meant for us to also follow the directions of the chili seasoning and use those liquids. In any event, I ended up using a jar of salsa too. What we really liked was the combination of the beef and sausage.

Jan 02, 2009

This is just a great recipe. We all loved the layering of chili, crackers, pasta and cheese. Sounds kind of yucky but is actually awesome. Like reviewer "Aspiring Chef Rita" I thought it needed more liquid. I added one more can of tomatoes (used Rotel with peppers, mild) and still wanted more, so dumped in the 1/2 container I had on hand of fresh salsa. I also did not drain the tomatoes or beans in order to have the liquid. Then it needed a little more spice, so I just sprinkled in some additional chili pepper. One note...I just picked up pinto beans, per the instructions. I ended up with light colored beans. I didn't think this was as pretty as a result. Go with the dark red beans for appearance. Yummy Josh, thanks.


21 Ratings

Jun 15, 2005

My wife and I made this last night. I made it with hamburger only, and used hot salsa & hot chili seasoning. We liked it a lot and will definately be having it again.

Oct 26, 2008

I won first place at my chili cookoff w/ this receipe. My family loves it and so do my co-workers. I used Rotel original diced tomatoes (2 cans) rather than stewed tomatoes - make less chunky.

Aug 14, 2009

This is just great comfort food, but you just CAN'T have it without Fritos! Skip the lame ol' crackers and slap some fritos on this bad boy! Here's how i do it: Pasta, chili, cheese, diced white onion, then fritos....mmmmm.....!

Jan 09, 2009

I'm giving this five stars just because it's a recipe that my family has made since I was little (and before I was). GO FOUR WAYS!

Sep 17, 2008

This is a great recipe. I made it for a football party at my job and it was a huge success.

Dec 11, 2006

Good recipe! I didn't see that it made 12 servings so my husband and I had it for 2 nights then used the extra chili for cheesy chili dip on Sunday for football! yummy yum!


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  • Calories
  • 454 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.7 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 23.8 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 5.4 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 25 g
  • 50%
  • Sodium
  • 1522 mg
  • 61%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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