What do you do when there are chili beans and tomato sauce in the cupboard but no chili powder? The only spice in sight was Italian spice when Elder Ted Brisbine from Wenatchee, Washington, was making chili one night in Houlton, Maine. The answer was (you guessed it) Italian chili. He liked it so much that he made it that way from then on. People from New Mexico and Texas get upset when they hear this recipe, but don’t let that stop you from trying it.
You will need:
1/2 pound hamburger
1 onion, diced
2 27-ounce cans red kidney beans
2 16-ounce cans tomato sauce
3 teaspoons Italian spice
Brown the hamburger and onion in a frying pan. Pour the grease off the hamburger and onion and mix the kidney beans and the tomato sauce right in the pan. Sprinkle the mixture with the Italian spice, then simmer over medium heat for about 30 minutes.