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The Great Chili Debate

The Great Chili Debate

Why is chili so important to people? Nobody really knows why the feelings run so deep on the subject, but they certainly do. Billy the Kid is quoted as saying, “Anybody who eats chili can’t be all that bad.”

There are many stories and legends surrounding the origins of chili: They range from stories on the silk route in the Orient in the 14th century, a beautiful nun from Spain in the 17th century to the life of the gauchos on the Pampas trails in Argentina and of course Mexico, the country and cuisine best known for the chili pepper. Instead of trying to pinpoint one origin we can focus on the history of chili in this country, placing it in the Southwest. And by Southwest, I mean Texas!

Since the 1880's, women would gather at the San Antonio town plazas setting up seating and warming pots of chili over open fires, they were known as the Chili Queens. These were stories of real women who made the chili in their homes then loaded it up in colorful chili wagons to set up shop in the Military Plaza Mercado. More than forty years later there are historic re-enactments of the chili queens and to this day there is a "Return of the Chili Queens Festival" held annually at Market Square in downtown San Antonio.

The ‘debate’ itself is not really so much an actual debate, but passions run deep and Texas has taken it so far as making chili the official "state food" in 1977. While no other state makes this claim, how to make a 'bowl of red' becomes an issue of regional debate. In Central Texas it is considered a sin to put beans in the pot while in Ohio Cincinnati-style chili includes beans and a number of unusual ingredients such as cinnamon and cloves. Then there’s the green and white chili varieties, substituting turkey for beef with white beans for red beans, or tomatillo and green chili in place of red tomatoes and red chili. Whichever you favor, generally not disputed though are the main ingredients: meat, peppers and herbs and spices.

Alas, beans or no beans, that is the question. You can decide for yourself. Try out one of our chili recipes and see which you prefer.

Cincinnati-Style Chili

I liken this regional style of chili to an American version of bolognese...

— Maryse Chevriere

Game Day Chili

As the cooler days of fall are upon us, a few things come to mind: sweaters, football, and chili!...

— Marité Acosta

Someone in the office (I'm not naming names) teased me about my boundless recipes for tomatillos..So here's yet another great way to use them...

Valaer Murray

Original San Antonio Chili... Yankee-Style

As an Italian-American, I'm not starving for culinary or cultural heritage, but I love Texas and its food...

Arthur Bovino

Kheema ("Indian Chili")

Nearly everyone I've made this dish for describes it as “Indian chili,” and true to its comfort food comparison...

Jess Kapadia

15-Minute Beef Chili

Everyone should have a go-to, quick-to-fix dish in their recipe repertoire. Mine, is chili. Hearty, comforting, a great winter weather dish...

—Maryse Chevriere


Best 5 Chili Recipes

GAME DAY CHILI Geoffrey Zakarian The Kitchen/The Big Game Food Network Olive Oil, Ground Meat, Garlic, Onions, Scallions, Tomato Paste, Chile Powder, Dark Beer, FireRoasted Tomatoes, Chicken Stock, Red Hot Sauce, Greet Hot Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When the weather turns chilly, few things are more welcome than the chance to cozy up to a warm bowl of comfort food, and with football season in high gear, let your dish do double duty by making a tailgate-ready chili. From hearty beef-based bowls to recipes packed with chicken, turkey and beans, there's no shortage of chili varieties, and when it comes to vegetable additions, nearly anything you have on hand in the refrigerator would likely be a fine addition to the pot. Check out Food Network's top-five chili recipes below to find warming recipes from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs.

5. Simple, Perfect Chili — "It's a total cinch to make," The Pioneer Woman says of her big-batch chili. It's made with a duo of beans and features a pinch of cayenne pepper for subtle heat.

4. 30-Minute Turkey Chili — Swap in turkey for classic beef when making this fuss-free recipe, and set out a toppings bar of fresh cilantro, cool sour cream and grated cheese so everyone can top their own bowls.

3. Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish — Instead of opting for ground meat like in traditional chili, Bobby keeps the beef in cubes, and he simmers it in a bold broth featuring warm cumin and chipotle pepper puree.

2. Chicken Chili — Follow Ina's lead and start the chili without meat, then add simply roasted chicken in the final few minutes of cooking before finishing it with your favorite garnishes.

1. Game-Day Chili— You don't have to be an Iron Chef to pull off Geoffrey Zakarian's go-to chili (pictured above). He notes that you can make the recipe with your choice of meat, and he adds a bottle of dark beer as well as red and green hot sauces for over-the-top flavor. Click the play button on the video below to watch Geoffrey make it.


Best 5 Chili Recipes

GAME DAY CHILI Geoffrey Zakarian The Kitchen/The Big Game Food Network Olive Oil, Ground Meat, Garlic, Onions, Scallions, Tomato Paste, Chile Powder, Dark Beer, FireRoasted Tomatoes, Chicken Stock, Red Hot Sauce, Greet Hot Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When the weather turns chilly, few things are more welcome than the chance to cozy up to a warm bowl of comfort food, and with football season in high gear, let your dish do double duty by making a tailgate-ready chili. From hearty beef-based bowls to recipes packed with chicken, turkey and beans, there's no shortage of chili varieties, and when it comes to vegetable additions, nearly anything you have on hand in the refrigerator would likely be a fine addition to the pot. Check out Food Network's top-five chili recipes below to find warming recipes from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs.

5. Simple, Perfect Chili — "It's a total cinch to make," The Pioneer Woman says of her big-batch chili. It's made with a duo of beans and features a pinch of cayenne pepper for subtle heat.

4. 30-Minute Turkey Chili — Swap in turkey for classic beef when making this fuss-free recipe, and set out a toppings bar of fresh cilantro, cool sour cream and grated cheese so everyone can top their own bowls.

3. Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish — Instead of opting for ground meat like in traditional chili, Bobby keeps the beef in cubes, and he simmers it in a bold broth featuring warm cumin and chipotle pepper puree.

2. Chicken Chili — Follow Ina's lead and start the chili without meat, then add simply roasted chicken in the final few minutes of cooking before finishing it with your favorite garnishes.

1. Game-Day Chili— You don't have to be an Iron Chef to pull off Geoffrey Zakarian's go-to chili (pictured above). He notes that you can make the recipe with your choice of meat, and he adds a bottle of dark beer as well as red and green hot sauces for over-the-top flavor. Click the play button on the video below to watch Geoffrey make it.


Best 5 Chili Recipes

GAME DAY CHILI Geoffrey Zakarian The Kitchen/The Big Game Food Network Olive Oil, Ground Meat, Garlic, Onions, Scallions, Tomato Paste, Chile Powder, Dark Beer, FireRoasted Tomatoes, Chicken Stock, Red Hot Sauce, Greet Hot Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When the weather turns chilly, few things are more welcome than the chance to cozy up to a warm bowl of comfort food, and with football season in high gear, let your dish do double duty by making a tailgate-ready chili. From hearty beef-based bowls to recipes packed with chicken, turkey and beans, there's no shortage of chili varieties, and when it comes to vegetable additions, nearly anything you have on hand in the refrigerator would likely be a fine addition to the pot. Check out Food Network's top-five chili recipes below to find warming recipes from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs.

5. Simple, Perfect Chili — "It's a total cinch to make," The Pioneer Woman says of her big-batch chili. It's made with a duo of beans and features a pinch of cayenne pepper for subtle heat.

4. 30-Minute Turkey Chili — Swap in turkey for classic beef when making this fuss-free recipe, and set out a toppings bar of fresh cilantro, cool sour cream and grated cheese so everyone can top their own bowls.

3. Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish — Instead of opting for ground meat like in traditional chili, Bobby keeps the beef in cubes, and he simmers it in a bold broth featuring warm cumin and chipotle pepper puree.

2. Chicken Chili — Follow Ina's lead and start the chili without meat, then add simply roasted chicken in the final few minutes of cooking before finishing it with your favorite garnishes.

1. Game-Day Chili— You don't have to be an Iron Chef to pull off Geoffrey Zakarian's go-to chili (pictured above). He notes that you can make the recipe with your choice of meat, and he adds a bottle of dark beer as well as red and green hot sauces for over-the-top flavor. Click the play button on the video below to watch Geoffrey make it.


Best 5 Chili Recipes

GAME DAY CHILI Geoffrey Zakarian The Kitchen/The Big Game Food Network Olive Oil, Ground Meat, Garlic, Onions, Scallions, Tomato Paste, Chile Powder, Dark Beer, FireRoasted Tomatoes, Chicken Stock, Red Hot Sauce, Greet Hot Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When the weather turns chilly, few things are more welcome than the chance to cozy up to a warm bowl of comfort food, and with football season in high gear, let your dish do double duty by making a tailgate-ready chili. From hearty beef-based bowls to recipes packed with chicken, turkey and beans, there's no shortage of chili varieties, and when it comes to vegetable additions, nearly anything you have on hand in the refrigerator would likely be a fine addition to the pot. Check out Food Network's top-five chili recipes below to find warming recipes from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs.

5. Simple, Perfect Chili — "It's a total cinch to make," The Pioneer Woman says of her big-batch chili. It's made with a duo of beans and features a pinch of cayenne pepper for subtle heat.

4. 30-Minute Turkey Chili — Swap in turkey for classic beef when making this fuss-free recipe, and set out a toppings bar of fresh cilantro, cool sour cream and grated cheese so everyone can top their own bowls.

3. Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish — Instead of opting for ground meat like in traditional chili, Bobby keeps the beef in cubes, and he simmers it in a bold broth featuring warm cumin and chipotle pepper puree.

2. Chicken Chili — Follow Ina's lead and start the chili without meat, then add simply roasted chicken in the final few minutes of cooking before finishing it with your favorite garnishes.

1. Game-Day Chili— You don't have to be an Iron Chef to pull off Geoffrey Zakarian's go-to chili (pictured above). He notes that you can make the recipe with your choice of meat, and he adds a bottle of dark beer as well as red and green hot sauces for over-the-top flavor. Click the play button on the video below to watch Geoffrey make it.


Best 5 Chili Recipes

GAME DAY CHILI Geoffrey Zakarian The Kitchen/The Big Game Food Network Olive Oil, Ground Meat, Garlic, Onions, Scallions, Tomato Paste, Chile Powder, Dark Beer, FireRoasted Tomatoes, Chicken Stock, Red Hot Sauce, Greet Hot Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When the weather turns chilly, few things are more welcome than the chance to cozy up to a warm bowl of comfort food, and with football season in high gear, let your dish do double duty by making a tailgate-ready chili. From hearty beef-based bowls to recipes packed with chicken, turkey and beans, there's no shortage of chili varieties, and when it comes to vegetable additions, nearly anything you have on hand in the refrigerator would likely be a fine addition to the pot. Check out Food Network's top-five chili recipes below to find warming recipes from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs.

5. Simple, Perfect Chili — "It's a total cinch to make," The Pioneer Woman says of her big-batch chili. It's made with a duo of beans and features a pinch of cayenne pepper for subtle heat.

4. 30-Minute Turkey Chili — Swap in turkey for classic beef when making this fuss-free recipe, and set out a toppings bar of fresh cilantro, cool sour cream and grated cheese so everyone can top their own bowls.

3. Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish — Instead of opting for ground meat like in traditional chili, Bobby keeps the beef in cubes, and he simmers it in a bold broth featuring warm cumin and chipotle pepper puree.

2. Chicken Chili — Follow Ina's lead and start the chili without meat, then add simply roasted chicken in the final few minutes of cooking before finishing it with your favorite garnishes.

1. Game-Day Chili— You don't have to be an Iron Chef to pull off Geoffrey Zakarian's go-to chili (pictured above). He notes that you can make the recipe with your choice of meat, and he adds a bottle of dark beer as well as red and green hot sauces for over-the-top flavor. Click the play button on the video below to watch Geoffrey make it.


Best 5 Chili Recipes

GAME DAY CHILI Geoffrey Zakarian The Kitchen/The Big Game Food Network Olive Oil, Ground Meat, Garlic, Onions, Scallions, Tomato Paste, Chile Powder, Dark Beer, FireRoasted Tomatoes, Chicken Stock, Red Hot Sauce, Greet Hot Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When the weather turns chilly, few things are more welcome than the chance to cozy up to a warm bowl of comfort food, and with football season in high gear, let your dish do double duty by making a tailgate-ready chili. From hearty beef-based bowls to recipes packed with chicken, turkey and beans, there's no shortage of chili varieties, and when it comes to vegetable additions, nearly anything you have on hand in the refrigerator would likely be a fine addition to the pot. Check out Food Network's top-five chili recipes below to find warming recipes from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs.

5. Simple, Perfect Chili — "It's a total cinch to make," The Pioneer Woman says of her big-batch chili. It's made with a duo of beans and features a pinch of cayenne pepper for subtle heat.

4. 30-Minute Turkey Chili — Swap in turkey for classic beef when making this fuss-free recipe, and set out a toppings bar of fresh cilantro, cool sour cream and grated cheese so everyone can top their own bowls.

3. Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish — Instead of opting for ground meat like in traditional chili, Bobby keeps the beef in cubes, and he simmers it in a bold broth featuring warm cumin and chipotle pepper puree.

2. Chicken Chili — Follow Ina's lead and start the chili without meat, then add simply roasted chicken in the final few minutes of cooking before finishing it with your favorite garnishes.

1. Game-Day Chili— You don't have to be an Iron Chef to pull off Geoffrey Zakarian's go-to chili (pictured above). He notes that you can make the recipe with your choice of meat, and he adds a bottle of dark beer as well as red and green hot sauces for over-the-top flavor. Click the play button on the video below to watch Geoffrey make it.


Best 5 Chili Recipes

GAME DAY CHILI Geoffrey Zakarian The Kitchen/The Big Game Food Network Olive Oil, Ground Meat, Garlic, Onions, Scallions, Tomato Paste, Chile Powder, Dark Beer, FireRoasted Tomatoes, Chicken Stock, Red Hot Sauce, Greet Hot Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When the weather turns chilly, few things are more welcome than the chance to cozy up to a warm bowl of comfort food, and with football season in high gear, let your dish do double duty by making a tailgate-ready chili. From hearty beef-based bowls to recipes packed with chicken, turkey and beans, there's no shortage of chili varieties, and when it comes to vegetable additions, nearly anything you have on hand in the refrigerator would likely be a fine addition to the pot. Check out Food Network's top-five chili recipes below to find warming recipes from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs.

5. Simple, Perfect Chili — "It's a total cinch to make," The Pioneer Woman says of her big-batch chili. It's made with a duo of beans and features a pinch of cayenne pepper for subtle heat.

4. 30-Minute Turkey Chili — Swap in turkey for classic beef when making this fuss-free recipe, and set out a toppings bar of fresh cilantro, cool sour cream and grated cheese so everyone can top their own bowls.

3. Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish — Instead of opting for ground meat like in traditional chili, Bobby keeps the beef in cubes, and he simmers it in a bold broth featuring warm cumin and chipotle pepper puree.

2. Chicken Chili — Follow Ina's lead and start the chili without meat, then add simply roasted chicken in the final few minutes of cooking before finishing it with your favorite garnishes.

1. Game-Day Chili— You don't have to be an Iron Chef to pull off Geoffrey Zakarian's go-to chili (pictured above). He notes that you can make the recipe with your choice of meat, and he adds a bottle of dark beer as well as red and green hot sauces for over-the-top flavor. Click the play button on the video below to watch Geoffrey make it.


Best 5 Chili Recipes

GAME DAY CHILI Geoffrey Zakarian The Kitchen/The Big Game Food Network Olive Oil, Ground Meat, Garlic, Onions, Scallions, Tomato Paste, Chile Powder, Dark Beer, FireRoasted Tomatoes, Chicken Stock, Red Hot Sauce, Greet Hot Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When the weather turns chilly, few things are more welcome than the chance to cozy up to a warm bowl of comfort food, and with football season in high gear, let your dish do double duty by making a tailgate-ready chili. From hearty beef-based bowls to recipes packed with chicken, turkey and beans, there's no shortage of chili varieties, and when it comes to vegetable additions, nearly anything you have on hand in the refrigerator would likely be a fine addition to the pot. Check out Food Network's top-five chili recipes below to find warming recipes from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs.

5. Simple, Perfect Chili — "It's a total cinch to make," The Pioneer Woman says of her big-batch chili. It's made with a duo of beans and features a pinch of cayenne pepper for subtle heat.

4. 30-Minute Turkey Chili — Swap in turkey for classic beef when making this fuss-free recipe, and set out a toppings bar of fresh cilantro, cool sour cream and grated cheese so everyone can top their own bowls.

3. Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish — Instead of opting for ground meat like in traditional chili, Bobby keeps the beef in cubes, and he simmers it in a bold broth featuring warm cumin and chipotle pepper puree.

2. Chicken Chili — Follow Ina's lead and start the chili without meat, then add simply roasted chicken in the final few minutes of cooking before finishing it with your favorite garnishes.

1. Game-Day Chili— You don't have to be an Iron Chef to pull off Geoffrey Zakarian's go-to chili (pictured above). He notes that you can make the recipe with your choice of meat, and he adds a bottle of dark beer as well as red and green hot sauces for over-the-top flavor. Click the play button on the video below to watch Geoffrey make it.


Best 5 Chili Recipes

GAME DAY CHILI Geoffrey Zakarian The Kitchen/The Big Game Food Network Olive Oil, Ground Meat, Garlic, Onions, Scallions, Tomato Paste, Chile Powder, Dark Beer, FireRoasted Tomatoes, Chicken Stock, Red Hot Sauce, Greet Hot Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When the weather turns chilly, few things are more welcome than the chance to cozy up to a warm bowl of comfort food, and with football season in high gear, let your dish do double duty by making a tailgate-ready chili. From hearty beef-based bowls to recipes packed with chicken, turkey and beans, there's no shortage of chili varieties, and when it comes to vegetable additions, nearly anything you have on hand in the refrigerator would likely be a fine addition to the pot. Check out Food Network's top-five chili recipes below to find warming recipes from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs.

5. Simple, Perfect Chili — "It's a total cinch to make," The Pioneer Woman says of her big-batch chili. It's made with a duo of beans and features a pinch of cayenne pepper for subtle heat.

4. 30-Minute Turkey Chili — Swap in turkey for classic beef when making this fuss-free recipe, and set out a toppings bar of fresh cilantro, cool sour cream and grated cheese so everyone can top their own bowls.

3. Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish — Instead of opting for ground meat like in traditional chili, Bobby keeps the beef in cubes, and he simmers it in a bold broth featuring warm cumin and chipotle pepper puree.

2. Chicken Chili — Follow Ina's lead and start the chili without meat, then add simply roasted chicken in the final few minutes of cooking before finishing it with your favorite garnishes.

1. Game-Day Chili— You don't have to be an Iron Chef to pull off Geoffrey Zakarian's go-to chili (pictured above). He notes that you can make the recipe with your choice of meat, and he adds a bottle of dark beer as well as red and green hot sauces for over-the-top flavor. Click the play button on the video below to watch Geoffrey make it.


Best 5 Chili Recipes

GAME DAY CHILI Geoffrey Zakarian The Kitchen/The Big Game Food Network Olive Oil, Ground Meat, Garlic, Onions, Scallions, Tomato Paste, Chile Powder, Dark Beer, FireRoasted Tomatoes, Chicken Stock, Red Hot Sauce, Greet Hot Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When the weather turns chilly, few things are more welcome than the chance to cozy up to a warm bowl of comfort food, and with football season in high gear, let your dish do double duty by making a tailgate-ready chili. From hearty beef-based bowls to recipes packed with chicken, turkey and beans, there's no shortage of chili varieties, and when it comes to vegetable additions, nearly anything you have on hand in the refrigerator would likely be a fine addition to the pot. Check out Food Network's top-five chili recipes below to find warming recipes from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs.

5. Simple, Perfect Chili — "It's a total cinch to make," The Pioneer Woman says of her big-batch chili. It's made with a duo of beans and features a pinch of cayenne pepper for subtle heat.

4. 30-Minute Turkey Chili — Swap in turkey for classic beef when making this fuss-free recipe, and set out a toppings bar of fresh cilantro, cool sour cream and grated cheese so everyone can top their own bowls.

3. Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish — Instead of opting for ground meat like in traditional chili, Bobby keeps the beef in cubes, and he simmers it in a bold broth featuring warm cumin and chipotle pepper puree.

2. Chicken Chili — Follow Ina's lead and start the chili without meat, then add simply roasted chicken in the final few minutes of cooking before finishing it with your favorite garnishes.

1. Game-Day Chili— You don't have to be an Iron Chef to pull off Geoffrey Zakarian's go-to chili (pictured above). He notes that you can make the recipe with your choice of meat, and he adds a bottle of dark beer as well as red and green hot sauces for over-the-top flavor. Click the play button on the video below to watch Geoffrey make it.


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