Today is National Chili Day!
Here in the Lone Star State, people take their chili VERY seriously.
For example, unlike the rest of the United States, in Texas there are absolutely, positively NO BEANS ALLOWED in chili!
In his 2001 article, Texas Chili, Beans or No Beans and Food Prejudices, John Raven explains, “when we say chili, we really mean chile con carne, which means, literally, chile peppers with meat.”
Ah, now I get it.
Interested in some additional reading about the history of chili in Texas? I recommend these articles:
There Are No Beans in Real Chili: Just Ask a Texan
TO BEAN OR NOT TO BEAN: THE CHRONICLES OF TEXAS CHILI
Now, on to some more interesting tidbits about chili.
Check out these National Chili Day stats as you enjoy a delicious bowl of beanless Texas chili today: