Chili has been known as American cuisine since the 1800's...
Pioneers who struggled to go West, even made a homemade chili recipe, since they could not afford to bring good cuts of meat with them, thus they used hardtack, or dried beef.
In most of the United States, the basic ingredients for making chili are chile powder, tomatoes, beans, ground beef, salt, pepper and possibly paprika.
Just about every state has a restaurant boasting the best homemade chili recipe in the U.S. If you go to Texas though, it's not called chili there, but instead "a bowl of red" and they use stewing beef, and totally frown on even the mention of beans being in their chili, however they use enough cayenne pepper to make other Americans quickly reach for their chilled water!
Just about everyone has a recipe for chili that makes theirs the very best! .
Now, you must be aware that different areas serve chili differently.
For instance in Cincinnati they serve it atop spaghetti noodles. They now make chicken chili, and there's even vegetarian chili. Oh, and let's not forget three bean chili. There's even a ground turkey recipe for chili.
No bean chili is very popular even if you don't come from Texas. As you saw above chili can be topped with cheese or sour cream, but some people put raw onions on theirs.
Macaroni, rice and hominy have found their way into homemade chili recipes. There are chili verde recipes too. There's even a baked chili recipe going around that has canned corn as one of the ingredients!
Bacon, celery, beer and Jim Beam bourbon whiskey goes in Bourbon chili, of course! There's sausage chili that features maple syrup added to it.
You may have noticed the gourmet chili included cocoa powder in it, well that comes from Cincinnati! Some highly "secret" recipes for chili include cider vinegar as well as Worcestershire sauce.
Allspice, cloves and bay leaves go in some, and who knows how many people claim to have the famous "Wendy's" chili recipe. Some have said that it even has celery in it.
There's white chili to go with the chili verde, I suppose, but the white chili is made with chicken and white beans. Oregano and even MSG has found it's way into chili too.
Some add Tabasco sauce instead of cayenne pepper to give their homemade chili recipe that extra "kick" that so many love.
To be honest with you, there's really no end to the ways that Americans make chili, and again, no matter whose chili it is, rest assured that it's the "best" chili!
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