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Baked Chili Recipe
Beef Chili
Campfire Chili
Chili con Carne
Chili with Lentils
Halftime Chili Recipe
Jambalaya Recipe
Vegetarian Halftime Chili
Day Before Chili
Hot Dog Chili Recipe
Hot & Spicy Chili
Seafood Chili
Crock Pot Turkey Chili
Three Bean Chili
Party Chili
Super Bowl 2008 Chili
Chili Nachos
Winter Chili

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How To . . .

Cook Dried Beans
Cook the Best Chili Store and Handle Ground Beef
Types of Chili Peppers

 

Labor Day signals the end of summer for many families. Why not celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of football season with a great batch of chili?



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National Chili Month 2013.  October is here!  The month we all look forward to each year has finally arrived.  Check out some of the plans for Famous Chili Recipes during this year's celebration!

Famous Chili Recipes competed in its first chili cook-off in October!  Read about our first chili cook-off in 2013.

Chili, Football, and Fall 2013

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Planning a trip to Charleston, SC soon?  Check out our Chili in Charleston to make sure you know where to get your chili fix while in town.

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I've seen a great many chili recipes over the past few years.  While some of them have very different ingredients, there are a few spices and ingredients that are similar from recipe to recipe.  Check out more about these particular ingredients in Top Five Spices to Use In Chili.

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It's a whole new world of spices...chili spices, that is!  Check out my new article on Penzeys Spices and their world of spices, and you might be off on a new chili adventure with different flavors that you have never dreamed of before.

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Taqueria del Sol, located in Atlanta, GA, hosed their 3rd annual Hatch Chile Festival.  Read more about a spicy date night with Taqueria del Sol's Green Chile Festival 2012.

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Looking for a new and interesting way to store your favorite spices?  Try a masala dabba.  You know you want one.

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Need an inspiration for a different kind of chili tonight?  Why not put this Andouille Crockpot Chili Recipe on your to do list!  Put it on in the morning and come home to a finished dinner.

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Ever wondered how cooking without a recipe could fit into your cooking style?  Take a look at our guest post written by Tina Engberg.

Looking for a new recipe to try?  How about a Mexican chili recipe?  This dish is served over spaghetti noodles, or some other type of noodle, and it's a spicy dish that's great to have on a cold winter night.  Let us know what you think about it!

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Do you know what makes your chili hot?  It's capsaicin!  Read more about this fiery part of chili peppers that add a bit of zesty flavor to your favorite chili recipe!

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Why not try one of our new chili con carne recipe this weekend?  It's great alone or served over rice or pasta.  It's mighty tasty too!  If you like more meat in your recipe for chili con carne, we've got you covered too!

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About Chili . . .

Chili is one of America's favorite dishes, and we have searched all over to find such famous chili recipes as Hot and Spicy chili, Crockpot chili, Vegetarian chili, as well as many other famous chili recipes.  There is a lot of controversy surrounding the origins of chili as well as how to make the dish.  It all seems to come down to how you like to dress up your favorite chili recipe.  If you ask anyone for a chili recipe these days, chances are that you will get a different recipe from every person.

All chili recipes have changed over time with new recipes being created on a daily basis.  But where did it all start?  There are people that believe in the 1840's Texas cowboys pounded beef fat and dried beef with chili peppers and salt to make a sort of trail food for their treks to the gold fields. They would boil this concoction to make a dish they called chili.

A variation on the cowboy origins of chili recipes says that cowboys would plant oregano, chiles, and onions along their well travelled trails in patches of mesquite to keep foraging cattle from eating them. As they moved along the trails, they would harvest the spices, onions, and chiles and combine them with beef to create a chili recipe called "Trail Drive Chili".

Yet another version of the origin of chili says that the first chili recipe was made in the Texas prison systems because only the cheapest meats were served in prison. To make the meats a little tastier and less tough, they were cut into very small pieces that were boiled with chiles and spices.

Yet another theory is that Canary Islanders who were transplanted into San Antonio as early as 1731 used peppers and onions combined with various meats to make early chili dishes. This theory also gives credit to Canary Islanders for first bringing cumin, an essential chili recipe spice, to the United States. 

One largely disregarded theory is that chili was founded by the U.S. Army. The first Army chili recipe was published in 1896. Garlic and beans were added by World War I and tomatoes by World War II.

The most plausible origin of chili came in 1828 when J.C. Clopper observed the poor people in San Antonio cutting what little meat they could afford into a has like consistency and stewing it together with as many pieces of peppers as pieces of meat.

However chili was created, it is a dish enjoyed in many homes in America today and in many different ways. The easy chili recipes within this site are just a few of the ways to concoct your own chili specialty. Take a look at each chili recipe and choose one that you might like.  Add your own twist to the recipe - this will surely keep the evolution of every chili recipe moving.  We hope you enjoy!!

By Danna Vach

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Simple Gumbo Recipes

Ever wonder what ingredients chefs use in award winning chili?  Some chili secrets are revealed in our newest article.  Why not try your own secret ingredient in a pot of chili this weekend?

Visiting Atlanta soon?  Check out the Top 3 Atlanta Chili Events.  Maybe you'll be in town for a weekend of chili fun.

New York Chili Eateries

Chili In Las Vegas

Chili in Washington, DC

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NFL team chili recipes

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Chili Articles

So you think chili isn't a healthy food?  Read our articles on Ten Healthy Reasons to Eat Chili and then check out one of our healthy chili recipes for dinner tonight!

Want to find some shortcuts to chili success?  Read our chili article about finding easy ways to cut down on your time in the kitchen when making your favorite chili!

Super Bowl Chili Ideas
Chili Spice Dump - What Is It?
Chili - A Has Bean?

Find out how to celebrate your favorite college football bowl team with some of our favorite chili recipes.  Read the entire College Football Chili to see what new ideas we have.

We have a new chili recipe here at Famous Chili Recipes!  Our easy vegetarian chili is sure to please any chili lover. 

Eating beans helps with weight loss?  Studies about beans and weight loss could cause you to rethink your diet plans.  You CAN have chili and eat it too!

Tips for Cooking Dried Beans
Great Chili in an Unexpected Place

Eating chili keeps your warm on those cold winter days.  Check out our article on why chili is so great at warming your body when it's chilly outside (pun intended).

October is National Chili Month!

Famous Chili Recipes always looks forward to October because of the cooler weather and because it's National Chili Month!  Read our article to find tips on how to celebrate National Chili Month.

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Chili Recipe Reviews

Our review of Amy's Organic Chili - Spicy is ready for your reading pleasure.  We hope it gives you some useful information.

We have tried and evaluated Tabasco Spicy Chili Recipe Mix.  See what I had to say in the review of Tabasco Spicy Chili Recipe

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