Cherie Oakley

Cherie Oakley is a gifted singer/songwriter who garnered praise from Christina Aguilera and fans on Season 1 of The Voice.  She has toured the world with Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson, and Cherie and her husband co-wrote Reba McEntire's #1 hit Turn on the Radio.  Cherie also devotes her time to children's charities and to anti-hunger causes.  She kindly shared one of her favorite recipes.



2 lb. lean ground beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
3-4 (large) jalapeño peppers, seeds removed and finely chopped
3 Tbsp. chili powder
1 can (14.5 oz.) fat-free reduced-sodium beef broth
2 cans (15 oz. each) kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (28 oz.) tomato puree
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

BROWN meat in Dutch oven or large deep skillet on medium heat; drain, if necessary. Add onions and jalapeno peppers; cook 5 to 7 min. or until tender, stirring frequently.
ADD all remaining ingredients except cheese; stir. Reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Add the cheese to individual bowls or on the top of the chili once it's all done and serve!


Thanks to Cherie for sharing her recipe.  If you enjoy her recipe, please volunteer your time and contribute to your local food pantry.