Official Obama family chili recipe {Ten Breakfast}8

Posted on March 29, 2012 by ChristieDinner Time, Gluten Free, TV appearances

This morning I cooked Barack Obama’s family chili recipe on Ten Breakfast.

Obama only posted this recipe on his Pinterest account less than 32 hours ago and I have already cooked it live on Australian TV. The world is such a crazy place these days!

Click here to view the video online – sorry Australians only can view this!

A few thoughts on this recipe… I had to convert some of the measurements to the metric system, namely pounds to kilograms, but that was easy enough. Below I have re-written the recipe so that Aussie audiences can successfully make it without having to do their own calculations (you’re welcome!).

I was surprised to see that the recipe does not specify to season with salt and pepper! I have added it in as the dish really needed a bit of salt to lift the flavours. Lastly, it does not tell you to drain and rinse the canned kidney beans – this could be disastrous for beginner cooks! I have added that to my version of the recipe too – I don’t want starchy bean water making your chili all gluggy. Yuck.

The taste? So good! Especially with the sour cream and cheese on top. However, I need to make a small admission – I thought it said one teaspoon (not a quarter of a teaspoon) for each of the spices, therefore my version probably packed more of a punch.

There seems to be a lot of debate online about whether this is a good chili recipe or not. I don’t think it matters either way – it tastes good and it’s quick to make – so it’s the perfect mid-week meal. Thanks Obama family, you just made my Wednesday night a whole lot easier!

Chili is a very American dish. Have you made it?

Christie x

Obama family chili recipe

serves 4 

I have adapted the recipe to Australian measurements. Original recipe is here.

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green capsicum, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of dried basil, dried oregano, dried ground tumeric, dried ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 400g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1. Saute the onion, capsicum and garlic in olive oil until soft.

2. Add the mince meat and brown well. Combine all the spices together in a small bowl and add to the meat. Stir well.

3. Add the vinegar and tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes break down (about 15 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add the drained kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes until warmed through.

Serve over rice and garnish with sour cream, grated cheddar cheese and sliced onions.

  • Ooh I love chili con! Im intrigued to find out how the Obama’s like their chili :)

  • I’m a big chili fan so this looks pretty appealing. I tend to prefer bean less chili although it tastes great either way.

    One of the biggest improvements to most chili recipes I’ve found lately is to add a few tablespoons of cocoa powder to the recipe. It’s worth a try for sure.

  • This does seem quick and easy for a weeknight meal. Yummo!

  • Sound like a delicious recipe. Love that the Obamas eat chili and posted their recipe!

  • Surely this has instantly become the most famous chilli in the world? :) Thanks for the recipe!

  • LOL so funny how it’s become so well-known ~ Thanks for sharing :D I still haven’t had the chance to see your videos :(

  • hehe I still can’t believe he has a Pinterest account :o Ok it’s probably his people but still!

  • Love that it has red wine vinegar! Will have to give it a try!

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