Chili …or is it Chilli… or is it Chile

I have found that Texans are pretty particular about their chili. They are also pretty particular about their barbeque, but I won’t get into that. I even found a website that talks about the history and legends of chili! Interesting stuff, that is.

I am talking about Chili – they kind you make is a big pot on the stove and let it cook all day.

The other day I decided it was time to use up a few more cans from the cupboard and after purusing what was there, chili popped into my mind.

I am sure you can strike up a conversation with any group of friends or acquaintances and you will as many different chili recipes as there are people you are talking to. There isn’t a “right” or a “wrong” way to make it in my book. Like any food dish, I think it is interesting to see (and taste) what other people put in it. Growing up in Minnesota and Wisconsin I remember my dad making chili. I always remember he made it with macaroni noodles. I know, I know, some of you are already saying “oh no, you don’t put noodles in chili!” See what I mean, many different ways to make it…

Since I didn’t plan this meal, I just used what I had on hand.

Browning the beef & onions

Adding green chiles, mushrooms, tomatoes & black beans

Really cleaning out the cupboard:

  • Ground beef
  • green chiles
  • black beans
  • mushrooms
  • tomatoes
  • ground cayenne pepper
  • salt

For me, the ingredients change every time I make it. It really just depends on what I have on hand, although black beans seem to be a common ingredient when ever I make it. Other things that seem to make it interesting are corn, noodles, bell peppers, and spicy peppers. f

Almost ready to eat

What to you like to put in your chili?

Sincerely, Emily

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4 Responses to Chili …or is it Chilli… or is it Chile

  1. annie says:

    As a native Texan noodles in the chili sounds super crazy 🙂 My family makes it in the traditional Texas style – no beans. And definitely not mushrooms. I however do sometimes add beans when I make chili cause I’m a one dish meal kind of gal. And I’m sure mushrooms are great! However, when I make carne guisada, which is definitely a type of chili, no craziness allowed. Just meat, onions, garlic, lots of chiles dried and fresh, and tomatoes. And now I’m hungry.

    • I like the one-dish idea. It is good to hear about your traditional Texas-style chili ingredients. I know the “chili” I made is way out there in comparison. Maybe it would be better to call it “stew” so I don’t offend or confuse any Texans. tee hee

  2. Zonnah says:

    Yum, I have not made chili in sooo long that I don’t even remember what I put in it, lol.

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