This chili is easy to make, even though there is a fair amount of chopping. The directions are spot on, and my chili turned out perfectly. This had very nice flavor, not too mild, not too spicy (as I was having my parents over for dinner). The only modification I made was to use 2 yellow squashes as that is what I had on hand and we added shredded Monterey Jack cheese as a topping, which put it over the top. Went nicely with a fresh baguette. This is going into my keeper file. Thanks for posting!
I have also been making this for years. I lost my tattered old LA Times clipping & was delighted to find it here just as I remember it. I have a package of 15 bean soup mix (No seasoning, beans only) that I want to try it with. If I remember correctly it's also good with a little dry wine added.
This was very good! I substituted Canelinni for the kidney beans but otherwise followed it exactly. I also cooked my mushrooms with the onions and garlic