Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins

I have shared this award-winning recipe with many die-hard chili fanatics over the past 15 years, and thought I should post it since it is so popular. I adapted it from a Cooking Light recipe from 1991. I serve this with grated cheddar cheese, sour cream, and Keebler Townhouse Bistro Cornbread crackers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add 2 chopped onions, garlic and chilies. Saute until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, bell peppers, carrots, cumin, salt and cayenne.
  4. Bring to simmer, and cook for 20 minutes.
  5. Add all beans and cook 15 minutes more.
  6. Add zucchini and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. If you like a thinner chili, add 1 - 1 1/2 cups of water or tomato juice. If so, double the ground spices in the recipe.
  8. Ladle into chili bowls. Serve, passing cheese, sour cream and any other chili toppings you like!
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This was delicious! Will make great lunches to bring to work this week. I used 1/2 can mild green chiles, left out the green pepper, added some celery since I had it on hand. I added extra water since I thought it would be a little tomatoe-y for our taste, then decided to add some frozen corn as well. I really enjoyed this with a bunch of cheese on top! Thanks so much for posting!! Made for Use it or Lose it Bargain Basement tag game.