You'll need just five ingredients to stir up this quick-and-easy chili from Jane Bone of Cape Coral, Florida. "We like to use medium salsa for zippy flavor, but sometimes I use half mild and half medium," she notes. "Sprinkle hearty servings with shredded cheddar cheese and other tasty toppings," Jane suggests.
Shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green peppers, sour cream and thinly sliced green onions, optional
In a large saucepan, cook the beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the salsa, beans and tomato juice; heat through. Serve with the cheese, peppers, sour cream and onions if desired.
Chili Peppers - What's Hot?
When it comes to chili peppers, some are hotter than others. Can you please provide some guidance? TOH: When it comes to rating chili peppers' heat, looks don't help: It's the seeds and membranes that count. Scoville Heat Units (SHU), named after researcher Wilbur Scoville and used by heat experts, indicate the amount of capsaicin, a potent compound that gives chilies their sizzle. Although the method for determining SHUs relies heavily on subjectivity, the scale is a respectable gauge. Use the following information from chiliworld.com to put the heat into perspective: Sweet bell pepper - 0
Cubanelle pepper - 100-1,000
Texas Pete Hot Sauce, T.W. Garner Food Co. - 747
Anaheim pepper - 500-2,500
Poblano pepper - 1,000-2,000
Jalapeno pepper - 2,500-5,000
Chipotle pepper (a smoked jalapeno) - 5,000-10,000
Serrano pepper - 6,000-23,000
Tabasco brand Habanero Sauce, McIlhenny Co. - 7,000-8,000
Cayenne pepper - 30,000-50,000
Habanero pepper - 100,000-350,000