Classic Chili recipe

Sure, the official start of fall isn’t for another week, but to me, it’s officially autumn when it’s cool enough to make me crave a big batch of chili. Here are a few fun facts about this fall favorite:

  • According to What’s Cooking America, the first recorded batch of chili con carne in America was made in 1731 by a group of women who had emigrated from the Spanish Canary Islands, which historians noted not as “chili” but as a “spicy Spanish stew.”
  • The green chili pepper has been growing in the United States – what is now New Mexico – for more than 400 years.
  • Chili peppers were used in ancient cuisines in Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East.
  • The International Chili Society says that chili was popularized during the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. Cowboys and prospectors combined dried beef, fat, pepper, salt and chili peppers together into stackable rectangles or “chili bricks” that were then dumped into boiling water.
  • The first chili cook-off took place in 1967 in Terlinga, Texas, a border town about 400 miles west of chili’s alleged birthplace, San Antonio. It ended in a tie between a native Texan and (surprisingly) a New Yorker, but chili cook-offs are still held there today.
  • A number of variations of chili have become popularized over the years. Texas-style chili doesn’t contain beans; vegetarian chili (aka chili sin carne) typically replaces meat with corn and other vegetables; chili verde uses pork, tomatillos and green chili peppers in lieu of beef and tomatoes; and white chili uses white beans and chicken or turkey.
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Red Gold Chili recipe, courtesy of Red Gold TomatoesWhite Bean Chicken Chili Recipe for Slow Cooker

Hungry yet? Don’t worry – here are four tasty chili recipes to warm your belly this fall.

  1. Easy Stovetop Chili
  2. Red Gold Chili
  3. White Bean Chicken Chili
  4. Northwest Meatless Chili

And we didn’t even mention the toppings… What’s required for your bowl chili – cheese or sour cream, crackers or Fritos, green onions or all of the above?


  1. I didn’t know that chili was popularized during the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. I am looking into how to make chili because I think it’s such a delicious and filling meal that would be easy to take to work with me. I think until I have more experience in the chili making field it might be smart to just buy it so that I can know it will taste good.


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