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This is a classic comfort dish that reminds me of spending a long day at home with my family. My dad’s “Gonzo Chili” simmers on the stove and everyone gets up for more until it’s gone.
Full disclosure: I had never made this before I did so on live national television, but the reaction from Al, Natalie, Tamron, Kathie Lee, and Hoda suggested I may have pulled it off. After all, my dad says two things about his chili: 1) Whatever you throw in from the fridge and the cabinet at home, it always turns out good. And 2) Properly prepared, it should make you perspire.