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  • Michael E.

    I live in NJ, which is not exactly the epicenter of the chili universe. Because of this I decided to make my own. While looking over my chili recipes I began to reminisce about my years living in Thousand Oaks, near Los Angeles, and my frequent visits to a chili shack called Chili My Soul. I remember checking their website to see what varieties they were serving on a particular day and imagining what each would taste like as I waited in traffic on the 101. My favorite was the Mango Habanero Chicken Chili. Fast forward to the present. As I’m conducting my chili recipe search, I Google “Mango Habanero Chicken Chili”, but not a word about Chili My Soul. This is the first page that came up. How’s that for a spicy coincidence?!?

    September 18, 2014
    • Hi Michael, I’m glad you found the site (and the recipe). It’s not quite Randy’s Mango Habanero, but it’s close. Maybe you can make NJ the epicenter of chili. ;) There were some bits, here and there, that would pop up about Chili My Soul but because it’s been closed for so long, and no one really picked up his recipes, all traces of the place have pretty much disappeared. I still have one of the menus because we’d look it over then drive the 90 minutes to go pick it up. Enjoy the chili!!!

      September 19, 2014
  • [...] a year ago, I discovered a recipe similar to this on My Man’s Belly. I gave the original a cheap recipe makeover just in time for Chicken Week. If you [...]

    January 28, 2014
  • [...] a year ago, I discovered a recipe similar to this on My Man’s Belly. I gave the original a cheap recipe makeover just in time for Chicken Week. If you have any [...]

    January 14, 2014
  • Marcos Pacheco

    Mindy ,I wonder how you going to make a cook book
    Of the chilly recipes if you never got your,
    Hands on the kitchen ???

    October 01, 2013
  • Mindy

    Pamela,
    hmmm…this is not anywhere near the actual recipe. I’m sure you and Craig would remember me-the chilimaiden from CMS! I worked there and managed-anyway, kudos to you for trying :) Also, the poblano turkey had no espresso in it-just an fyi…and Espresso Black Bean veggie chili-might be the one you are thinking of. All this said, is it the “Mindy remix” that you are missing so much? I make the chili’s all the time, and I am considering-maybe one day making a cookbook in his honor-we’ll see? It baffles my mind that no one can make the chili like he/we did! I’m so happy to hear you are trying though…try on and let me know how it all comes out in the end. I’m trying to fix my disaster in the kitchen as I write this-hahahahaha…one of the most difficult to make and balance out is the Habanero Mango Chicken chili for sure.

    I miss him every single day…my best friend, my boss, I will always hold that place in my heart for him, always. He is resting peacefully :) <3

    August 26, 2013
  • Deekay

    I was a frequent visitor to Chili My Soul and miss it and Randy terribly. Got a pot of this cooking right now, and it definitely looks promising! Do you have any other copycat recipes from CMS? Would love to try!

    February 11, 2013
    • Hi Deekay,

      My next CMS copycat recipe is going to be for the espresso turkey chili that they insisted that you order a side of dark chocolate chips to go with. I’ll let you know when it goes up. It should be pretty soon, given that it’s been so ridiculously cold here lately. ENJOY the mango chili. Please let me know what you think.

      February 11, 2013
  • Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog

    It’s -20 windchill here in Minnesota, but I am in my kitchen sweating with delight. I have a pot of this chili on the stovetop, and I have to say this is one of the best soups/chilis I’ve ever had. Thank you so much for posting this! This is sure to become a repeat recipe in my house.

    January 21, 2013
    • Hi Haley,

      First off…BRRRRRRRR. I’m not sure I even experienced that kind of cold when I lived in Cleveland. And now I feel like a real wuss when I was crying about the 40 degree temperatures here in LA last week.

      I’m thrilled that you like the mango chili and plan on making it again and again. :) (I’m currently smiling from ear to ear.) We loved this stuff when we got it from the restaurant and this was a really close version of it. Craig keeps asking me when I’m making up another pot…So I’ll probably be making it again soon myself. ENJOY!!!

      January 21, 2013
  • We had a favorite sandwich shop that just suddenly disappeared too. We were mystified because it was always packed. I should have made your chicken chili for the family this past weekend. They for sure thought mine was boring.

    January 08, 2013
    • Kristi,

      Don’t you just hate finding out that way about your favorite place? My husband won’t say anything if he thinks my chili is boring…he just loads it with hot sauce (is that passive aggressive or smart husband behavior? hmmmm…..) There’s always this weekend. :) Besides, mango’s are in season right now (but using the frozen is so much easier). I used the fresh for the final cup at the end.

      January 08, 2013
  • Belinda @zomppa

    That’s awesome that your dog loves chili – love the mango and heat in this!

    January 08, 2013
    • Belinda, if it’s spicy…my dog wants it. I hope you like it. It’s surprisingly not nuclear spicy.

      January 08, 2013
  • Thanks Pamela!! I have been looking for the “right” chicken chili recipe for a while, and since I trust your palate and taste completely, this is is!!!

    Also, excellent advice, and not just for relationships! Sometimes we just have to get out of our comfort zones/ do what we don’t want to do and take a leap! It is usually always worth it. :-)

    xoxo

    January 08, 2013
    • Thanks Jessica.

      This chili has been a huge hit around here. Craig keeps asking me to make it again. :)

      January 08, 2013

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