This colorful recipe is a modified version of my mom's chili that I grew up on. It is called 4 way because of the four steps to making your plate: spaghetti first, then crushed crackers, next cheese, and finally the chili. I added the peppers, but the recipe is still great (and faster) without them. To heat things up, just add hot sausage and/or hot chili seasoning packs instead of mild. It is an off-beat recipe that I am sure you will love!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Crumble the ground beef and pork sausage into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until browned. Drain, and set aside.

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  • Coat a large pot with cooking spray, and add the green, red and yellow bell peppers, and onion. Cook over medium heat until tender, stirring occasionally. Add the beef and sausage to the peppers. Puree the stewed tomatoes using a blender or food processor, and stir them into the pot along with the chili seasoning. Mix in the pinto beans, and heat to a simmer.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the angel hair pasta, and cook until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain.

  • When serving the chili, place the items on your plate in the following order: Start with pasta, then crush some saltine crackers, then some shredded cheese, and then chili. Mix it all up and enjoy! Caution, if you are not careful with your portions, you will end up with a helping too huge to finish.

Nutrition Facts

454.2 calories; 24.9 g protein; 36.7 g carbohydrates; 68.6 mg cholesterol; 1521.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2007
I'm giving it five stars because it was terrific chili but I would give it 3 for the directions. Maybe it is just me since no one else complained. I cut the recipe in half therefore it called for only 1 can of Stewed Tomatoes. This needed a lot more than 1 can. I am wondering if Josh meant for us to also follow the directions of the chili seasoning and use those liquids. In any event I ended up using a jar of salsa too. What we really liked was the combination of the beef and sausage. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2020
My husband gave it 4 stars. I would give it 3 stars. I used only ground beef otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Read More
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2007
I'm giving it five stars because it was terrific chili but I would give it 3 for the directions. Maybe it is just me since no one else complained. I cut the recipe in half therefore it called for only 1 can of Stewed Tomatoes. This needed a lot more than 1 can. I am wondering if Josh meant for us to also follow the directions of the chili seasoning and use those liquids. In any event I ended up using a jar of salsa too. What we really liked was the combination of the beef and sausage. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2007
I'm giving it five stars because it was terrific chili but I would give it 3 for the directions. Maybe it is just me since no one else complained. I cut the recipe in half therefore it called for only 1 can of Stewed Tomatoes. This needed a lot more than 1 can. I am wondering if Josh meant for us to also follow the directions of the chili seasoning and use those liquids. In any event I ended up using a jar of salsa too. What we really liked was the combination of the beef and sausage. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2009
This is just a great recipe. We all loved the layering of chili crackers pasta and cheese. Sounds kind of yucky but is actually awesome. Like reviewer "Aspiring Chef Rita" I thought it needed more liquid. I added one more can of tomatoes (used Rotel with peppers mild) and still wanted more so dumped in the 1/2 container I had on hand of fresh salsa. I also did not drain the tomatoes or beans in order to have the liquid. Then it needed a little more spice so I just sprinkled in some additional chili pepper. One note...I just picked up pinto beans per the instructions. I ended up with light colored beans. I didn't think this was as pretty as a result. Go with the dark red beans for appearance. Yummy Josh thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2005
My wife and I made this last night. I made it with hamburger only and used hot salsa & hot chili seasoning. We liked it a lot and will definately be having it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2008
I won first place at my chili cookoff w/ this receipe. My family loves it and so do my co-workers. I used Rotel original diced tomatoes (2 cans) rather than stewed tomatoes - make less chunky. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2006
Good recipe! I didn't see that it made 12 servings so my husband and I had it for 2 nights then used the extra chili for cheesy chili dip on Sunday for football! yummy yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2008
This is a great recipe. I made it for a football party at my job and it was a huge success. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2006
This recipe has become a mainstay in our home. It's absolutely fabulous! Can be substituted with ground turkey and turkey (instead of pork) sausage. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2005
Interesting recipe Josh that my children really liked. My mom had her own version of 4-way chili that called for spaghetti chili canned tamales and grated cheese. Now that we can buy fresh tamales you'd think we'd use them but it's just not the same taste or nostalgia-wise. My only problem with your recipe was that I didn't know how many crackers to use. A regular box measures serving size by number of crackers and grams not ounces. But we all did enjoy your four-way version. Try mine some time. I'll bet your family loves your cooking. Thanks a lot for sharing Josh. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2009
I'm giving this five stars just because it's a recipe that my family has made since I was little (and before I was). GO FOUR WAYS! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2020
My husband gave it 4 stars. I would give it 3 stars. I used only ground beef otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Read More