First of all, I love making chili. It's usually simple, but my excitement comes from the oodles of recipes to try. My friend Tina makes the best white chicken chili I've ever had. My grandma used to make pretty amazing chili featuring kidney beans and home-grown beef. Mostly, it's just a really fun fall tradition.
This year, I took a basic recipe and altered it. I used three pounds of beef from Adam's uncle's farm (because I'm still sticking to this). I replaced both tomato sauce and diced tomatoes with three jars of canned tomatoes (which grew in our garden). We didn't have any kidney beans and I added some fresh chopped garlic. That's about it for the alterations.
For me, chili isn't chili without noodles. However, since my stepdad's recent scare with diabetes, I didn't put up a fight when he asked that I make the noodles on the side. I still get my chili with noodles and he isn't forced to pick out a massive amount of carbohydrates. Win, win.