In the Kitchen: Making Chili for the Big Game!

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I can tell you that there’s nothing I like better than a big bowl of chili for watching that BIG GAME next weekend — especially when I melt cheese over the top and add a deliciously HOT buttered corn muffin next to it! So, LKNConnect’s favorite designer and on-air interviewer, Margi Kyle, has UPPED her GAME!! She’s revisited her original Bloody Mary Chili recipe and made it even better!! — EH Stafford, Managing Editor

 Bloody Mary Chili – Serves 8

Inspired by Rea Drummond The Pioneer Woman

Note: Adam Arlen from The Peninsula Club has given us a great recipe for The Best Bloody Mary Mix, You Can’t Buy! 

Made leaner and spicier by Margi Kyle. Everyone loves this chili! A crowd pleaser for sure…


Olive oil, for sautéing

2 stalks celery, finely diced

1 onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, chopped. Plus garlic powder (to taste)

4 each Dorot ginger and garlic frozen pellets (We LOVE garlic! You can never have enough garlic or ginger. I get them at Harris Teeter. It’s my secret ingredient! )

1 teaspoon of black garlic powder (I get it at Savory Spices in Birkdale Village. Gives the chili a great kick!)

Jane’s Mixed Up salt and pepper (to taste)

3 pounds total ground beef and ground chicken. (I use half and half.)

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons ground oregano

15 to 20 ounces spicy Bloody Mary mix, plus more if needed.

¼ cup vodka, optional

1 tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning (This spice gives the chili its unique flavor.)

Several dashes Tabasco sauce (to taste)

Several dashes Worcestershire sauce (to taste)

One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

Grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Once you’ve followed the directions below, simmer for 1 hour.


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add some olive oil and sauté the celery and onions until soft. Add the garlic and stir, then add the ground beef/chicken. Cook until browned, 5 to 10 minutes; drain off the excess fat. Stir in the seasonings.
  2. In a pitcher, mix up the Bloody Mary mix. Add vodka (if using), Montreal steak seasoning, Tabasco, and Worcestershire and then add it to the pot. Add the kidney, pinto, and black beans. Stir together well, cover and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add more Bloody Mary mix or water if needed during simmering.
Setting a beautiful table makes any dinner a party!

Great for parties. Make a day ahead — it’s easily re-heated. It also freezes well.

Article and photos courtesy of Margi Kyle, LKNConnect’s Director of Non-Profits and Service Groups
Illustrations courtesy of
Photo courtesy of Deborah Young Studio

For over 45 years, Margi Kyle, “The Color Doctor”, has built an astounding portfolio from the ever-important ‘Designer’s perspective’. Never idle, this Professional Interior Designer has contributed to this industry as an Interior Designer, Television Host, Mentor, Keynote Speaker, Educator, and Writer.

Margi has Taught Interior Design of over 45 years and is the executive director for We Make Color Easy, The Dewey Color System. You can book a seminar or color course with her by emailing her at


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