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Hot & Spicy Chili
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Three Bean Chili
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Super Bowl 2008 Chili
Chili Nachos
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Baked Chili Recipe
Winter Chili



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Chili - A Has Bean?

With people so passionate about chili, it's no surprise that the bean or not-to-bean controversy is as hot as the peppers that are at the heart of this beloved dish. While discussing the basics of making other staples and comfort foods like meatloaf and macaroni and cheese never come to fisticuffs, those who take cooking up this concoction seriously are prepared to fight to a mouth-blistering finish.

The origins of this delicious dish are not precise. Although it is usually classified as a Mexican specialty, there isn't any concrete evidence that its roots lie south of the Rio Grande. It's likely that Spanish settlers in the American Southwest were the first to come up with the hearty stew by combining native peppers, tomatoes, onions, seasonings and venison. At some point, possibly when a creative cook with a lot of hungry cowboys to feed could not wrestle up enough meat, beans were added as an extender. True Texas chili started out without and is still 100 % bean-free. It’s a matter of pride. Period.

Once you leave the Lone Star state, chefs are free to add pinto, black or kidney beans to the mix. Each type of bean has its unique flavor, and its faithful fans. And while the original recipes called for game - antelope or deer meat - today's chili is more likely to contain beef.

There are also many vegan versions, some using crumbled vegetarian burgers in place of meat, and some meaty mixes that range from mildly to wildly exotic. Anyone up for a bowl of chicken, rattlesnake or gator goulash? Beans aside, chili is either hot, hotter or the hottest thing that you can eat and live to talk about. The heat factor stems from a double shot of hot chili peppers - fresh from the farm and dried or powdered. Red or white; chipotle, jalapeño, cayenne or serrano, each ingredient will make you say, Viva chili!