Life is not bitter at all!

Life has its own flavor. Sometimes it’s sweet. Sometimes it’s sour. But it cannot be at all times bitter.

Life with Lupus is very painful. We whine about how it can be so excruciating under the sun. And we worry too much if there could still be a better tomorrow waiting for us. But we are not alone though. As we suffer from the bitterness of life, there are other people who are ready to sprinkle more ingredients to add some flavor to it.

That is what makes life flavorful. Now, I’m not sure if life has ever been spicy because this man (Atilano Kildaras) just dipped some of his venison and chorizo sausage chili to help raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of America during the Northwest Indiana Chili Cook-Off and Tasting Charity event in Merrillville.

Greg Geimer, a guidance counselor at Merrillville High School, won the event with his Buffalo Chicken Chili, garnished with crumbled blue cheese and a celery stick.

A sweet life sprinkled with some spice can be simply amazing. This is not the original recipe from Greg Geimer but anyone who wants to spice up a bitter day may take note of this recipe.

Original recipe makes 10 servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butte
  • 2 pounds ground chicken breast
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 stalks celery, finely chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 5 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika

  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika

  • 1/2 cup hot buffalo wing sauce (such as Frank's® REDHOT Buffalo Wing Sauce), or to taste

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 (15 ounce) can white kidney or cannellini beans, drained

  • 1 (19 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained


  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Place chicken in the pot. Cook and stir 7 to 10 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in the carrot, onion, celery, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and salt and pepper, and cook and stir until the onion is translucent and the vegetables are beginning to soften, 3 to 4 more minutes.
  2. Stir in the hot sauce, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and white and red kidney beans. Bring to a boil, and simmer over medium-low heat about 1 hour, until the vegetables are tender and the flavors have blended.

For those who love spicy flavor and for those who have friends/family/relatives who love the same.

Mmm, looks tasty!