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What Do You Know About Chili, The World's Best Chili Recipes

Updated on December 21, 2014

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Chili Con Carne was one of my favorite foods as a child and I've been working on making the perfect chili con carne recipe for the last thirty years. In case you don't know Chili Con Carne means chili with meat. Bowl Of Texas Red With No BeansIngredients For Chili Con Carne
Chili Con Carne was one of my favorite foods as a child and I've been working on making the perfect chili con carne recipe for the last thirty years. In case you don't know Chili Con Carne means chili with meat.
Chili Con Carne was one of my favorite foods as a child and I've been working on making the perfect chili con carne recipe for the last thirty years. In case you don't know Chili Con Carne means chili with meat. | Source
Bowl Of Texas Red With No Beans
Bowl Of Texas Red With No Beans | Source
Ingredients For Chili Con Carne
Ingredients For Chili Con Carne | Source

What Do You Know About Chili? All About Chili.

When I eat a good bowl of chili I think about the last words of western scout Kit Carson when he lay dying. It has been reported over the years that the last words he said was he wished he had the time for one more great big bowl of chili. And in case you don't know San Antonio Texas is said to have been the birth place of chili sometime in the 17th century. And chili is the official food of the state of Texas. Though most people in Texas would fight you if you tried to put beans in their chili. It has gotten to the point in Texas though that pintos are often served on the side for those who do want beans in their chili.

Be sure to serve guacamole, sour cream, diced green onions, shredded Mexican cheese, diced jalapenos and other items on the side so people can add what they want to their bowl of chili. I like to serve corn bread with my chili because corn bread goes wonderful with chili.

How You Make Your Chili Is Really Important

But elsewhere in the United States you'll find chili served with beans. People now make chili with just vegetables and on a recent trip to Florida I was treated to a bowl of crab chili that I will have to say was one of the most delicious bowls of chili that I have ever tasted. So don't knock it until you try it. There are all kinds of ways to make a delicious bowl of chili and there are all kinds of condiments served on the side with chili. And you will find people can almost declare war over how you should serve up that bowl of chili. The crab chili I had in Florida was served over rice and had black beans in it in case you're wondering. While other people say that chili has to be served in a bowl by its self while in the chili crazy south of the United States chili is quite often served over big squares of cornbread. And recently I have found more and more people serving their chili over Mexican cornbread.

Serve Your Chili With Delicious Sides

I like to serve my chili with jalapenos, diced onions, sour cream, guacamole, tortilla chips, squares of cornbread, and etc in bowls on the side. You will find that if you set up a mini condiment bar for your chili party that people will just love you for it. Make it as simple or as lavish as you like. And what ever you do include a selection of hot sauces for people to choose from. I also include shakers of red pepper flakes, ground cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, and ground sea salt. In case you don't know most of these condiments are not only delicious they are also good for you.

How To Make Chili - Lets Get Cooking.

In the photo is a bowl of Chili served with tortilla chips. Notice the dark red color of this delicious chili.
In the photo is a bowl of Chili served with tortilla chips. Notice the dark red color of this delicious chili.

The World's Best Chili Con Carne Recipe.

One of the first chili recipes I ever tasted was Chili Con Carne. I remember my Mom and Grandma Hattie making it time after time and they sold it from a pot on a wood stove in my Grandfathers store in Forest City North Carolina. I remember tasting it and it was truly one of the best things I had ever tasted. It started my lifelong love for chili and for the last 50 plus years I've been trying to make that perfect bowl of chili. And I've won quite a bit of money from my chili recipes.

If you cook the recipe here you'll end up with some of the best chili you'll ever eat in your life. I've won several cash prizes for this chili and its really easy to make. Just follow the recipe and instructions and you'll have some of the best Chili Con Carne you'll ever eat in your life.

The one thing you must do to end up with the perfect pot of Chili Con Carne is to forget about the crock pot or slow cooker. Really good chili needs to be cooked in a heavy stock pot partially covered with a lid to keep the splatters and flavors in. The pot of chili needs to be cooked until the liquid is reduced and the Chili Con Carne is thick but not to thick.

Once you get all your ingredients prepared and in the stock pot bring the chili ingredients to almost a boil and then reduce the heat to medium to keep the pot of chili cooking down. You'll want to cook your chili until the liquid is reduced and the chili is thicker. You'll need to stir the chili often up from the bottom of the pot to make sure your chili doesn't stick.

Chili Con Carne Ingredients

1. Four Pound Of Course Ground Beef.

2. One Cup Of Purple Or Red Sweet Onion Chopped Fine.

3. Two Tablespoons Minced Fresh Garlic.

4. Two Twenty Eight Ounce Cans Diced Tomatoes.

5. Two Tablespoons Chili Powder.

6. One Teaspoon Ground Cumin.

7. One Teaspoon Mexican Oregano.

8. Two Six Ounce Cans Tomato Paste.

9. Four Cups Beef Broth.

10. Two Cups Apple Juice.

11. One Level Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper.

12. One Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt.

13. Two Fifteen And A Half Ounce Cans Red Kidney Beans Washed And Drained.

14. Three Whole Jalapenos Washed Well Under Cold Running Water.

Instructions For Making Your Chili Con Carne

You'll want to start by browning your ground beef, the onion, and the garlic in a large skillet until the meat is brown and the onions and garlic are done. Don't overcook the meat mixture. Just cook it until the meat is brown. Once the meat is brown drain the meat well.

Buy Yourself A Large Heavy Duty Stock Pot

You'll want a large heavy duty stock pot and you can prepare it by spraying it with vegetable cooking spray very heavily on the inside of the pot to make clean up easier and to prevent any sticking of your chili.

Pour all of the meat and veggie mixture into the stock pot after it has been well drained. Now add in all the rest of your ingredients and bring the heat up under the pot until the chili is just beginning to boil. Reduce the heat to medium and stir well. Cook for about two hours on medium heat until the liquid in the pot is reduced and the chili is thick. You'll need to stir your chili often. The three whole jalapenos will be on the top of the ingredients. Take them out and discard.

If you want a milder chili with out so much fire you can leave the ground cayenne pepper out of the recipe. I don't think the chili is too hot with the cayenne pepper in the recipe but some people like a milder chili with less fire.

Now if your going to be serving your chili reduce the heat to the lowest possible simmer and remember to come back and stir often with a large cooks spoon up from the bottom of the pot.

Chili Will Always Taste Better The Next Day After You Make It

You can make this chili one day and store it overnight in the refrigerator and it will always be better the second day. Just scoop any fat gathered on the top of the chili from being in the refrigerator overnight. Then heat while remembering to stir up from the bottom of the pot often and you'll have an oh so wonderful pot of chili.

I like to serve my cooked Chili Con Carne over big squares of cornbread in a bowl and I usually serve the below items on the side so people can add them to their bowl of chili if they want to.

1. Guacamole.

2. Sour Cream.

3. Four Cheese Mexican Cheese.

4. Sliced Jalapenos.

5. Diced Sweet Onions.

6. Tortilla Chips.

7. Diced Green Onions Including The Tops.

I usually fill up a small bowl with each item and let people add what they want to their bowl of the chili con carne. People love it served this way and I bet your family and friends would to.

Crab Chili. Yes you are looking at Crab Chili.
Crab Chili. Yes you are looking at Crab Chili.

Let's Talk Some More About Chili

If you check out the above links you'll find some of the best recipes for chili that you will ever taste. And I wonder what is your favorite chili ever? Why not post a comment below and tell us all about that wonderful bowl of chili.

Chili Con Carne is Spanish for Chili with Meat and it originated in Texas where people would load their guns if you tried to add beans to their bowl of red which is incidentally what Texans call a bowl of chili. However in other parts of the United States you'll find not only beans but many other ingredients as well making their way into the pots of chili.

It was at the 1893 Expo in Chicago where other Americans were introduced to Chili Con Carne. The San Antonio Chili Stand sold bowls of chili con carne for people to taste and enjoy and it did not contain beans. And people coming back home to various parts of the United States helped to spread chili all around the United States and before long people in various parts of the United States were making their own style of chili and before you knew it beans found their way into chili.

Another very delicious chili now served around the United States is White Chili. Its made from great northern beans and chicken or turkey. You will also find it made with and with out the tomatoes. I myself like white chili but I have to have the tomatoes in mine. And in Cincinnati Ohio they make chili with beans but get this they serve it over spaghetti noodles of all things and when I tried chili over spaghetti noodles I really enjoyed it so you just never know do you.

I hope you enjoyed my Hub Page on Chili and I hope you will check out all the great chili recipes above. Feel free to post your comments below and tell us all about your favorite bowl of chili.

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© 2011 Thomas Byers

What is your favorite chili and where was it made? Please post your chili comments now and thanks for reading this Hub Page on Chili.

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    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes I have a recipe for the lobster chili. I will add it here. Thanks for the great reply.

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      Josh Woods 

      5 years ago from United States

      My favorite chili is thick, almost too spicy (With Habanero Peppers), kidney and pinto beans, fresh tomatoes, ground turkey, sweet onions, and also MUSHROOMS. Yeah, most people think that is weird, but I love it. Although I like sweet onions cooked in my chili, I also sometimes top my chili with chopped onions. I also like to top mine with cheese and sour cream. As a side I prefer a Jalapeno cornbread instead of crackers like some. I usually eat the chili I make on hot dogs, baked potatoes, fries, and in soft tortillas. I LOVE CHILI

      I really like the pic of the Lobster Chili, Do you have a recipe for it? I would love to try it out. I appreciate the great hub, keep up to good work.

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      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Good hub with nice pics.

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      7 years ago from india

      am going to try that soon.

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      Sarita Harbour 

      7 years ago from Yellowknife, Canada

      My favourit is my Black Bean and Corn Chili. Made in the slow cooker with just five ingredients it is delicious, cheap, and easy!

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      7 years ago from USA

      I just made a slow cooker full yesterday with corn bread. I use the kidney beans in mine. Spicy but not to hot. Hubby loved it so much took it to work for lunch today. Mine is stand up chili it is so thick.

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      Isaiah Michael 

      7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      I use 2-3 different beans in my chili and make it very thick, when it is done mu very large wooden spoon can stand up in it so I call it my "stand up chili"

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      7 years ago

      Love love love chili!!! A little sweet or a little heat and I'm in bean bliss!

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      Cindy Lawson 

      7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Chilli Con Carne is my favourite, and I just adore the kidney beans, (actually I love kidney beans cold with salads too). For me a Chilli mustn't be too hot, but still spicy enough to give it a bit of a kick. yummy, especially in the cold Winter months.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Your very welcome and thanks for the comment about chili.

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      7 years ago from ma

      I love Chili. I should really make it again soon. I have always put beans in it. Though when I have it on chili dogs or chili cheese fries I think that seems better without beans. thanks for the great recipe.


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