Even in the midst of the heat wave we are having this summer, I find myself thinking about cool days, chili cooking, and football. As my mind wanders, so do my internet searches. I began to find out a
little more about each of the NFL teams and what makes them special.
I decided that there was probably a special chili or a chili ingredient for each of the teams in the NFL. Below is the result of my research on each team and the location of the team. Hope you enjoy!
1) Arizona Cardinals
Arizona is the land of mesquite trees.
Mesquite is in the family of peas so some of the beans are edible.
Most people eat the beans in the form of a mesquite flour. To
add a distinctive mesquite flavor to your Arizona Cardinal chili,
try adding a bit of mesquite flavoring to simmer with the chili.
Ravens Maryland is the hometown of Old Bay
Seasoning so the chili representing the Ravens should be seasoned
generously with Old Bay. Start out by adding 1 teaspoon per
pound of meat and adjust to taste.
Bengals Cincinnati chili. Oh my.
Seasoned with one or more of the following: cinnamon, allspice, or
cocoa. You might think these spices would add a sweet flavor
only meant for pies or cakes, but in reality, these flavors
contribute to the richness of any chili.
Browns Another Ohio team. There isn’t
another chili or ingredient that comes close to Cincinnati chili.
Cincinnati style chili for both teams based in Ohio is a good thing.
Steelers Newcastle has its roots in
Pittsburg, so the choice chili of the Pittsburg Steelers has to be
Newcastle hotdog chili.
Texans Texas-style chili! Enough said!
Two tablespoons of
rosemary or basil added to any chili recipe will transform the taste
to a chili worthy of representing the Colts.
Jacksonville Jaguars In most of the US,
hardy means able to survive in cold weather, but in Florida, hardy
plants must survive extreme heat, rain and even hurricanes.
Oregano and basil are 2 herbs that can live through it all.
Add them both to your chili recipe and see how it tastes.
9) Tennessee Titans
The ingredient of choice for Tennessee Titan chili is of course
Tennessee Pride Sausage. Use the sausage in place of 1/2 of
your ground beef to give your chili a Tennessee kick.
Bills In 1964 Frank’s Red Hot Sauce made quite the
impact with Buffalo wings. Why not build on the Buffalo wing
theme by making chicken chili with the chicken from Buffalo Wings?
You can use leftover wings (if there is such a thing). You
could also use baked chicken and add Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to the
chili while cooking.
Dolphins When Miami enters my mind, I
usually think HOT. What better way to cool off than with a
cold beer? Add a beer to your chili to celebrate the Miami
England Patriots New Englanders are usually
known for their clam chowder instead of chili so make clam
chowder to please a crowd. After all, chowder is almost like a
potato chili, right?
13) New York Jets Add a few chunks of
New York Style sausage to chili made in honor of the New York Jets.
You can buy New York style sausage at most local delis.
14) Denver Broncos Colorado has its
own style of chili known as Colorado chili. Colorado chili has
beef chunks in a red sauce.
15) Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City is
well-known for its barbecue so any chili celebrating the Chiefs
should have barbecue sauce in it. Start out by adding 1/2 cup
of sauce and add more to taste, if desired.
16) Oakland Raiders How do you
create a chili that is worthy of the tailgating style of the Oakland
Raider fans? TWO special ingredients. A rich, peppery
barbecue sauce and a bit of red wine. That’s right. Oakland’s
proximity to some of the greatest wine country is reason enough to
add 1 cup of red wine to a winning chili. Couple that with a
peppery barbecue sauce (1cup) and you have a rich, full bodied chili
with some class.
17) San Diego Chargers San Diego is
well-known for its fish tacos so our ingredient of choice for San
Diego Charger chili is fish. Try substituting different kinds
of fish instead of ground beef and season with taco seasoning.
18) Chicago Bears Chicago got its name
from the onion that once grew where Chicago now stands.
Chicago is another name for onion.
19) Detroit Lions The Coney Island
chili dog is perfect for celebrating football season. Coney
dogs are topped with a beanless chili and have been around since
1917 in Detroit.
20) Green Bay Packers Green Bay fans
are commonly know as cheeseheads so that’s our special ingredient
for Packer chili. Add a large handful of freshly shredded
cheese to each bowl of chili just before serving.
21) Minnesota Vikings The state
mushroom of Minnesota is the morel mushroom. It is a tasty
addition to any dish and serves as a great ingredient for chili.
Morel mushrooms are only found fresh for a short period of time, but
they can usually be found dried at specialty food stores.
22) Atlanta Falcons Atlanta is the
capital of Georgia, also known as the peach state. For our
Falcon tribute chili add a jar of peach salsa to a favorite chili
recipe. It will add some sweet and some spicy to the chili.
23) Carolina Panthers North Carolina
is home to many foods we love, but did you know Texas Pete Hot Sauce
is from North Carolina? Add Texas Pete to your chili, and
you’ll have a chili worthy of the Carolina Panthers. Serve
with a Mt. Olive pickle on the side since Mt. Olive pickles were
founded in North Carolina in 1926.
24) New Orleans Saints This was a
difficult ingredient to choose. New Orleans is so famous for
its food that it was hard to pick just one thing to make a unique
New Orleans chili. Boudin finally made the cut because of it’s
unique flavor. Boudin is a Cajun sausage that is usually
simmered to cook but it can also be grilled. Once cooked,
remove the sausage from the casing and add to chili.
25) Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay is
a city in the Orange State, Florida. Florida has long been
know for its oranges, and we’ll put that knowledge to good use.
Substitute 1 cup of Florida orange juice for water or broth in your
chili recipe, and all of your friends will want to know your new
26) Dallas Cowboys You can’t mess with
Texas Chili. Thought to be the original home of chili, Texas
style chili never disappoints.
27) New York Giants When I think of
New York, I think of delis. One deli meat that comes to mind
is pastrami. Shredded pastrami (approximately 1 cup) added
into chili gives your chili recipe a bit of New York flavor just in
time for the big game.
28) Philadelphia Eagles When someone
mentions Philadelphia, the first thought that comes to mind is of
the Philly cheesesteak. To make a chili that can represent
Philly adequately, the cheesesteak has to be incorporated into the
chili ingredients. Replace the ground beef with thinly sliced
rib-eye or top round that has been quickly browned. Serve with
grated provolone cheese for that perfect Philly Cheesesteak flavor.
29) Washington Redskins The state of
Washington lists the state fruit as the apple so what better
ingredient to choose for a great tasting chili? Add 1-2 cups
of finely chopped or shredded Washington apples to your chili and
simmer as you would normally.
30) San Francisco 49ers A person can’t
visit San Francisco without paying a visit to Chinatown. This
famous part of San Francisco served as the inspiration for our
49ers chili ingredients – Chinese 5 spice powder. It’s a great
blend of spices, and it adds a distinct flavor to any dish.
Start by adding 2 Tablespoons to your chili and then add more if
31) Seattle Seahawks Seattle is
the home of Seattle’s Best Coffee and what better ingredient to give
chili some kick? Substitute 1 cup of brewed coffee for 1
cup of other liquid in your chili.
32) St. Louis Rams Ahhhh. St. Louis.
The home of the largest beer producing plant in the nation,
Anheuser-Busch. Add a beer to your chili and let it simmer to
give it a St. Louis feel.