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White House Chili

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White House Chili
35 Min

What's the secret ingredient to turning out President Obamas favorite chili recipe? It's that tangy splash of red wine vinegar! Enjoy White House Chili at your house, just as the Obamas are said to like it; over rice with all the go-alongs!

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground basil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

What to Do

  1. In a soup pot, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, green pepper, and garlic and saute 5 minutes, or until soft. Add beef and continue cooking 5 to 6 minutes, or until meat is browned.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes, or until tomatoes are cooked down.


This is equally delicious served as-is or over white or brown rice. Any way at all, we recommend putting out the usual go-alongs like shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped onion, and sour cream.

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Who cares about the recipe? I just come here for the comments!!!

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This turned out great. I served it over mashed potatoes, and it was very good.


Chili served over white rice is delicious, been doing it for years!

I would like the recipe for meatloaf in the video with the white house chili. I cant find it on line! TY

I can't find the recipe of Romney's meatloaf in the video with the Whitehouse chili! I would like it. Sounds good with the bacon in it! TY Please post!

Need a new recipe for chili and this sounds like a winner, Obama or not, I love chili!

Now I am sure I will pass on this one.

Sounds good to me!

Special ingredients used in 'White House Chili' (cumin, oregano, turmeric, basil, red wine vinegar) are favorites of mine, but I've never used them in chili, nor have I served chili over rice. It's no surprise the Obamas also like 'White House Chili.'

The ingredients used in 'White House Chili' are favorites of mine (cumin, oregano, turmeric, basil, red wine vinegar), but I've never used them in chili, nor have I ever served chili over rice. It's not surprising that the Obamas like it!

I don't care whether the Obama's like it or not. Is it their recipe, or is one that was already in the WH cookbook?

I think this site should keep their political favoritism to themselves.

It's not political favoritism to give us the President's preferred choice of chili. Anymore than it would be to share Clintons' pot roast recipe or Barbara Bush's apple pie recipe. It's not all about politics, whether you voted for him or disapprove of him, he's still the president. Relax!

I agree...republicans have no taste

love chili over rice! this recipe sounds loaded with extra flavors and seasonings. will try it this weekend!!

sounds like a winner to me!!


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