President Obama's Chili Recipe Recipe | PBS Food

President Obama’s Chili Recipe

President Obama's Chili Recipe - A simple yet hearty meal made to be a comfort food meal the whole family will love.


Prep time: 15 Minutes

Cook time: 15 Minutes

Total time: 30 Minutes

Yield: 4-6


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey or beef
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground basil
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 3 Tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • One 28-ounce can peeled tomatoes (I prefer San Marzano)
  • One 29-ounce can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium-high heat
  2. Add the onions, green pepper, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes
  3. Add the meat to the pan.  Once the meat has browned, add the spices
  4. Stir in the red-wine vinegar and tomatoes
  5. Using a potato masher, mash the whole tomatoes down
  6. Stir in the kidney beans.
  7. Cook the chili covered for 15 minutes on medium-low heat.


OPTIONAL: *The Obama's like to serve this chili over white or brown rice. *Garnish the chili with toppings such as grated cheddar cheese, chopped onions, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, scallions, cilantro, avocado, or corn bread crumbles.
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