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I don’t know about you but as soon as the weather begins to turn colder and football season is cranking, I get the urge to make a big pot of chili. A big bowl of piping hot chili topped with shredded cheese and sour cream (and Fritos, if I’m being perfectly honest) is one of my ultimate cold-weather comfort foods. It’s something that I’ve loved since I was a kid, and I still can’t get enough of it.
Chili, chili con carne, Texas red – whatever you affectionately call this savory mix of meat and heat – is one of those dishes that most people feel just misses when made by someone else, while their own recipe is a deeply held family secret that should win blue-ribbon honors.
Chili originated in Texas, where native cooks improved the cowboys’ chuck-wagon stews with their incomparable blend of chiles and seasonings. The first chili joint opened its doors in Texas sometime before the turn of the century, and by the 1920’s the Texans’ bowl of red was a familiar sight just about anywhere west of the Mississippi.
No one can agree, either, on which meat or beans are best, or if in fact, beans are needed at all. Many prefer a lean cut of beef; others go for the high-grade sirloin. Some mix in a little pork or chicken with the beef. Some cook cubed meat until meltingly tender; others start with the meat already ground. We’re open to chili every which way – with meats, or with beans and vegetables – just as long as it’s hearty and packed with flavor.
This Classic Chili recipe is extremely easy, does not require any fancy ingredients, and freezes exceptionally well. Perfect cold-weather comfort food! Prep and cook the chili the night before or a few days before… it just gets better with time. All you need to do on the day of the big game is reheat and serve!
Be sure and log on to our Recipe page and get the recipes for: Boilermaker Tailgate Chili, Easy Chili, Hell’s Kitchen Chili, Italian Chili, Jamies Award-Winning Chili, Chicken Chili and White Chicken Chili! There’s a chili recipe for everyone 🙂
“Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili.”
~ Harry James