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A bowl of red

Posted Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at 3:46 PM

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Jennifer, a friend of mine on Facebook, has drawn 33 comments -- so far -- to a post she made about seeing Skyline chili, a Cincinnati-style chili, in one of our local grocery stories. Jennifer said she'd never heard of serving chili on spaghetti before, and that drew a flood of responses about chili, spaghetti, three-way chili, five-way chili, Skyline, Steak 'n Shake, and so on, and so on.

All of this has gotten me to thinking. There are a variety of styles of chili, and there are a variety of ways of enjoying chili. I'd like to do a story about this, but I need some input from you. What kind of chili do you like? Do you make Texas-style chili, and consider beans a form of heresy? Do you make Cincinnati-style chili, with just a little hint of cinnamon? Do you just open a can? Do you try in vain to find coarse chili-grind meat in your favorite local supermarket?

Please share some of your chili likes and dislikes with me, either in the comments below or by e-mail, jcarney@t-g.com.


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People around Hershey Pa. put chocolate in their chili. I have not sampled it, but they tell me it wins cookoffs.

John, I think you should come up with a red hot and call it 'Chili Jon Carney'.

-- Posted by marwi on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 6:25 AM

I boil pinto beans and then cook the hamburger meat. Combine them when they are done. Then add some McCormick's Chili Seasoning, about 1/2 cup of ketchup and let it simmer. I occasionally use crumbled up veggie burgers for the meat instead of beef. We also mix a little of shredded cheese on top after scooping it into a bowl. We also sometimes put Fritos or Cheetos on the bottom of the bowl them pour the chili over it instead of using crackers.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 7:44 AM

Thanks, marwi. I've never, ever heard that joke before.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 8:08 AM

Haze, I'm a McCormick;s fan myself. My mom made it with McCormicks seasoning, Bushs' red kidney chili beans instead of pinto beans, and big chunks of stewed tomatoes.

Darn.

Now I'm craving some. Guess I know what I'm fixing tonight.

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 10:04 AM

The Piggly Wiggly in Unionville will grind you some coarse ground hamburger meat for chili at no extra charge!....It's all I use anymore!....

-- Posted by anniesmom on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 2:35 PM

Not a joke John, just a play on words. Sometimes I amaze myself. ))

Hi Mary, your chili sounds like mine.

-- Posted by marwi on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 2:50 PM

bing or google Hershey chocolate & chili. lots of fun.

Hershey Pa. is not lots of onions, burning hot peppers, and CRACKERS.

-- Posted by marwi on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 3:25 PM

Excellent, anniesmom! I'm so glad to hear that.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 3:28 PM

Being a Texan, it' no beans. But if you like beans, try Ranch Style; you can get it in various seasonings. For chili seasoning, back on the farm we always used Whitson's, but it isn't available anymore. Now, I use 2-Alarm as it is very close to my own recipe; I usually kick it up to 2-1/2.

We called them Frito pies; slice open the side of a small bag (back in my day: 5 cents) of Fritos, dump in the chili, and top with shredded cheddar.

-- Posted by Tyger on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 9:43 PM

Chili is fun to make because you can use so many different ingredients and spices.

I like to cut up small pieces of steak to put in, and use a variety of beans-sometimes black eyed peas with them.

Sometimes, I'll throw in some potato cubes-very filling!

-- Posted by espoontoon on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 6:36 AM

PrpleHze, I agree with the veggie burger theme. Chili is one place where I find soybean simulated meat to work well.

I know that does not SOUND appetizing but there have been several times I was not able to be sure if it was meat or soybeans.

Maybe that says something about my palate or the quality of meat, but.............

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 7:56 AM

Is there such a thing as bad chili?

When's the next chili supper or cook-off?

The best thing about cold weather is having an optimal time to enjoy comfort foods-especially the spicy,stick-to-the-ribs types.

Hmmmm...

Chili,cornbread,buttermilk,perhaps something cool,tangy and fruity for dessert...

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 3:22 PM

OM goodness q~cat, take out the dessert and throw in six long necks and you a got a PACKER game.

-- Posted by marwi on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 6:31 PM

Frito-Chili pie topped with a very liberal amount of hot pepper jack cheese. Now add an ice cold glass of milk as a chaser. Just perfect for cold (or any other kind of) weather!

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 10:55 PM

When I lived in Nebraska, I worked at an Emergency shelter. One night I went in and found out we were having chili that night. They made it with kidney beans but instead of crackers or a sandwich they ate it with cinnamon rolls.

-- Posted by ZNanny on Tue, Jan 11, 2011, at 10:46 AM


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