I really love this recipe! The first time I made it, I made it as written and it was really quite enjoyable- but I could see some adjustments I could make to suit my family and make it really shine at our Christmas Eve dinner. So what I did the second time around was the following: I used one pound of hamburger and one pound of Jimmy Dean spicy sausage; I used a whole large onion, and also several cloves of fresh minced garlic instead of the garlic salt; I replaced about half of the tomato sauce with Spicy V8 Juice; and I added a can of Rotel. I cooked the chili the night before on the stove top, then let it meld overnight in the fridge and the next day I tossed it in the crock pot to simmer for a good part of the day before serving. Finally, after tasting it, I opted to add a couple dashes of hot sauce, as we like our chili rather spicy. My family REALLY loved this! One of my favorite things about any chili recipe is how adaptable they are to personal tastes, and I am sure I will continue to play around with this one some more throughout the winter. Thanks for a great recipe Deb! It really is a winner, even without any changes :)
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I really love this recipe! The first time I made it, I made it as written and it was really...