Sunday Special: Picky Eater Approved Chili


Growing up, one of my least favorite dinners was chili. It wasn’t because of the flavor, but because of the unwanted ingredients that were tedious to avoid. I especially hated kidney beans and wasn’t fond of onions or green peppers either. Without these ingredients I was basically eating meat sauce – which was weird. To mend the situation, my mom didn’t pick out the vegetables (that was my job). Instead, she added noodles to my bowls of chili.  Kidney beans are difficult to see no matter how meticulous I was! I inevitably found one hiding on my spoon every so often.

Now, I don’t have to worry about kidney beans at all. It’s the best thing that’s happened to me since Nestle made nut-less drumsticks. I can enjoy every bite without chalky red beans sneaking up on me!

While this meal is a staple on cold winter nights, it’s also among my favorites on Super Bowl Sunday. If you don’t know what to make next week for your Super Bowl party, give this recipe a try!

To noodle…
Picky Eater Approved Chili
…or not to noodle

Chili: What makes this recipe picky eater approved is the omission of red kidney beans and green peppers (almost) as well as the inclusion of noodles. 

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 lbs ground beef

1 cup chopped onions (chop coarsely for bigger chunks, making them easier to avoid)

1/4 cup diced green pepper (disclaimer: I do not like green peppers; Mitch loves green peppers. He won an argument and collected his winnings by adding green peppers to the recipe. So I was forced to eat around the once again…)

2 large garlic cloves, minced

2 cans diced tomatoes (about 32 oz)

1/4 cup chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3 cups noodles

Warm olive oil over medium-high heat. Add ground beef, onions, green pepper, garlic, and cook until onion is tender (about 10 minutes). Stir frequently. Add tomatoes, chili powder and salt and cook until contents boil. Reduce to low heat; cover and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally. After 45 minutes, boil water and cook macaroni for ten minutes or until al dente.

Accompaniments: Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese

But really, picky eaters don’t use accompaniments…

Pickin’ Your Brain:

  • What’s your favorite meal on Super Bowl Sunday?