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Celebrate National Chili Day with a pot of your favorite chili

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Any night's a great night to enjoy a pot of chili for dinner. Feb. 27 is National Chili Day so plan ahead to cook your favorite chili for the family.

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Whether your family prefers chili with meat, lots of beans, chicken or a variety of veggies, you'll find a recipe for every taste as Allrecipes.com.

Here are two of our family's favorite chili recipes. Both can cook all day in the crockpot while you're at work or simmer on top of the stove for 1-2 hours.

Chili Con Carne

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 large onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 large can crushed or diced tomatoes
2 cans chili beans
1 small can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Brown beef with chopped onion and pepper. Combine all ingredients in crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. If you prefer, simmer on stove top for 1-2 hours. Serve with additional chopped onion, grated cheese and crackers.

Vegetarian Chili

1/2 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 zucchini, cubed
1 squash, cubed
1/2 cup mushrooms
2 cans chili beans
1 large or 2 small cans diced or crushed tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon sweet basil

Saute vegetables 1-2 minutes and mix with all other ingredients in crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. If you prefer, saute vegetables until tender, then combine with other ingredients and simmer in covered pan on stove top for 1-2 hours. Serve with grated cheese and sour cream.

You can double these recipes to serve a bigger group. Replace the ground beef with ground turkey or shredded chicken for a different flavor.

There's nothing like a pot of chili on a cold winter day. Celebrate National Chili Day with your family's favorite chili. Add rolls, biscuits or cornbread and you have all the makings of a perfect family dinner.

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