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Barack Obama Chili

The President's personal recipe is a favorite at potlucks.

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Yield: Serves 6


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • Several cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground basil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Several tomatoes, depending on size, chopped
  • 1 can red kidney beans


  1. Saute onions, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft
  2. Add ground turkey or beef and brown
  3. Combine spices together then add to ground meat
  4. Add red wine vinegar
  5. Add tomatoes and let simmer, until tomatoes cook down
  6. Add kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes
  7. Serve over white or brown rice
  8. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream

Barack Obama Chili Nutrition Label

Source: ABCNews

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Lil Mrs Tatsch

Even though I love, support and voted for Obama, as a native New Mexican, and long time Texan, I would say that this is an OK recipe for chili. It's similar to an american style of chili that I make for my husband that doesn't have the kick that NM chili has. But in general, it's pretty generic. Add some poblano or serano peppers and some dark beer to the mix and you'd be talkin'. We New Mexican's use hatch peppers to make our chili and generally put it on everything from enchiladas to hamburgers. But I understand that Obama is from Hawaii and Illinois, so I can appreciate his perspective on chili.

posted Jan 7th, 2009 10:07 pm



I absolutely LOVE the fact the the nutritional information includes Weight Watcher points value! As a member of WW, it makes enjoying this recipe easier and guilt free.

posted Jan 7th, 2009 8:13 pm



Why, it's very similar to mine, however I have never heard of placing it upon rice...but a good slice of yellow cornbread goes nice. One Real Indipendant, not Dem or Rep...simply American*

posted Jan 7th, 2009 7:18 pm



Loving Obama! and his chilli

posted Jan 7th, 2009 2:06 pm



Thanks for this simple chili recipe. If anybody wants to take the presidents job with all the stuff that is goin on, they can have it.

posted Jan 7th, 2009 9:50 am



I make a really good chili also! How bout a throw -down?!?! Ha... Wow it was pretty good! Yummm... Thank's for sharing.

posted Jan 7th, 2009 8:49 am



the chili was great! idont know if it wasthe recipe or me putting all my love in the chili i think it was both.lol

posted Nov 29th, 2008 9:33 am



I've prepared this chili several times and its great. Adjust seasonings to your taste. Adjust your negative comments accordingly. Get Over It!

posted Nov 25th, 2008 5:31 pm



This chili was delicious and using fresh tomatoes is a great idea.

posted Nov 24th, 2008 9:36 am



Quite good, thanks for sharing Prez-Elect! I do believe we'll be serving this on 1-20-09.

posted Nov 20th, 2008 12:53 pm



Really enjoyed this recipe.

posted Nov 20th, 2008 11:19 am



I have tried this chili and like it very much. Just add a little more spices to your likeing, whats the big problem!!!!!! He made this in COLLEGE!!!!!!!! I think its great that he could cook in college. What did you people eat in college, (the ones that went)maccaroni & cheese, & hot dogs. And get over the fact he is the our next "PRESIDENT" God Bless him.

posted Nov 15th, 2008 10:57 am



I loved the chili! We had an election night party with blue corn chips, blue napkins, Obama's chili, Blue Moon beer, and blueberry pie for dessert. Life was good.

posted Nov 11th, 2008 2:16 pm



Last time I check,the title says Barack Obama Chili. It does not say Tom, Billy or Ashley chili recipe. That means President Obama is sharing his personal recipe and letting you know what works for him, Not how it is done in LA or Texas. If you like it, you like, and if you don't... well you just don't.

Anyway, what is up with Sarah Palin saving the country? I believe God saves the country.

posted Nov 10th, 2008 11:58 pm



I used a can of tomatoes and probably should have drained them. It was still quite good. Needed salt and pepper and should have been simmered at least an hour. Some may want to substitute jalapeno for some of the green pepper. Figuring on an Inauguration Chili Party.

posted Nov 9th, 2008 4:40 pm



I decided to make mine with bison meat and it turned out awesome!

posted Nov 9th, 2008 12:55 pm



I'd really just prefer to talk about the chili - no matter whose name is in front of it. i plan on making this for our monday night football party- sounds pretty darn good.

posted Nov 9th, 2008 12:48 pm

ima citizen


The recipe sounds good and I'll try it the next cold day we get. I voted for Mr. Obama and now feel that we have hope, not only in our country, but in the world.
I did not vote for him because of the party he represents; nor did I vote against him because of the color of his skin. I voted for him because he is obviously highly intelligent, level, calm, thoughtful, and I thought those qualities in our leader would be the most refreshing change that will come about with the change in administrations. It hurt my feelings for him to refer to himself as a "mut". He is far from that.

posted Nov 9th, 2008 2:51 am

jay t


Being a Texan close to the Mexico, all I can say about this receipe is that it is enough to gag a maggot. Real chili is made from beef with fresh chili pepper pulp, cumin, onion, garlic and red pepper. (NO BEANS). Served with fresh Jalapinos.

posted Nov 9th, 2008 2:51 am



TURKEY in the recipe proves that this is NO CHILI RECIPE!!! Just as Obama is a poor candidate for President, this is a totally poor candidate for chili! TURKEY!?! OMG!!!

posted Nov 9th, 2008 2:47 am


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