Our family's favorite Super Bowl chili January 24 2024

ritchie hill spicy chili with heath's cheese straws

By Beth Ritchie Alm

For some reason, cold weather, football and especially the Super Bowl calls for chili. We all have our favorite chili recipe, and like our family's cheese straw recipe, chances are it has been handed down for generations.

We think our recipe tastes best with Heath’s Cheese Straws crumbled on top!

Gather together and enjoy the big game!

The Ritchies

Ritchie Hill Chili Recipe

Serves 4-6

  • 2 pounds lean hamburger
  • 2 T. peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1½ T. hot commercial chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1 T. whole cumin seeds
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large (28 oz) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 16-oz can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed (black beans work well too)
  • Salt, ground pepper, and hot sauce to taste

Brown the beef in the oil along with the onion, garlic and chili powder until the meat is brown and the onion is clear.

Drain the fat and add all remaining ingredients (except for the canned kidney beans which can be added in the last 30 minutes).

Simmer for at least 1½ hours.

Chili is always at its best a day or two after making it.

Topping Ideas:

  • Heath’s Cheese Straws
  • Chopped green onions
  • Grated cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Hot sauce