About this recipe: This hearty dish is the perfect winter warmer. Pasta is topped with crushed crackers, grated Cheddar and a rich two-meat, three-pepper chilli con carne.
I'm giving it five stars because it was terrific chili but I would give it 3 for the directions. Maybe it is just me since no one else complained. I cut the recipe in half therefore it called for only 1 can of Stewed Tomatoes. This needed a lot more than 1 can. I am wondering if Josh meant for us to also follow the directions of the chili seasoning and use those liquids. In any event, I ended up using a jar of salsa too. What we really liked was the combination of the beef and sausage. - 18 Jul 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This is just a great recipe. We all loved the layering of chili, crackers, pasta and cheese. Sounds kind of yucky but is actually awesome. Like reviewer "Aspiring Chef Rita" I thought it needed more liquid. I added one more can of tomatoes (used Rotel with peppers, mild) and still wanted more, so dumped in the 1/2 container I had on hand of fresh salsa. I also did not drain the tomatoes or beans in order to have the liquid. Then it needed a little more spice, so I just sprinkled in some additional chili pepper. One note...I just picked up pinto beans, per the instructions. I ended up with light colored beans. I didn't think this was as pretty as a result. Go with the dark red beans for appearance. Yummy Josh, thanks. - 02 Jan 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
My wife and I made this last night. I made it with hamburger only, and used hot salsa & hot chili seasoning. We liked it a lot and will definately be having it again. - 15 Jun 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)