Come February 7, millions of Americans will be glued to their TV sets, watching one of the most highly rated programs of all year – the Super Bowl. Foodie favorites for that day include pizza, wings, chips and dips, nachos and of course, lots of beer. However, no Super Bowl viewing party would be complete without a bottomless pot of hot and spicy chili, served with some crusty cornbread.
Trying to uncover the history of one of America’s favorite meals isn’t easy. The only fact that food historians seem to agree on is that this spicy stew did not originate in Mexico. The combination of meat, beans, peppers, and herbs was a food staple of the South American Indians long before Columbus discovered America, and today, variations of the dish can be found in almost every region of the country.
Chili aficionados will fiercely defend their favorite recipes in annual cook offs, many of which offer considerably large cash prizes. Although traditionally made with beef or pork, over the years, chili has taken on other flavors as diet conscious fans tried to lighten the fat content without muting the taste. Today, you can find chili made with chicken, turkey, soy products as well as a variety of beans and vegetables. There’s mild chili, spicy chili and chili that is so hot, you may need to put the fire department on speed dial.
With just a couple of weeks left before this year’s Super Bowl, it’s time to present a variety of chili recipes from the FriendsEat collection.
Beef and Bean Chili – This traditional recipe is easily customizable, so you can make it as mild or as spicy as your taste buds can tolerate.
Beef Chili with Chipotle Chilies and Cilantro – The rich, smoky and spicy flavor of chipotle peppers and the cool addition of cilantro gives this recipe a good contrast of flavors.
Spicy Red and Pork Chili – The secret ingredients of bacon and coffee give this variation its unusual flavors.
Havana Moon Chili – Served over white rice, this meaty recipe has both sweet and savory elements with its combination of balsamic vinegar, almonds, cinnamon, raisins, allspice, cloves and olives. A must try for chili lovers!
Turkey Chili - Lighten the fat and calories but still keep the taste with this chili variation. Don’t forget to watch the accompanying video.
Chicken and White Bean Chili – Half-and-half and sour cream make t his recipe rich and creamy and delicious.
Vegetable and Bean Chili – Chocolate and cilantro are the secret ingredients in this vegetarian chili that is hearty and satisfying.
Texas Style Chili - No recipe collection would be complete without a contribution from the great state of Texas.
Crock Pot Chili – A hearty, no-beans chili that cooks without fuss in the crock pot. Just set it and forget it!
Diet Tex Mex Chili – This is a lower calorie diet version of the popular favorite. Omit salt if desired, and adjust red-hot chiles to taste. Top with low-fat cheese or low cal sour cream to garnish.
And no chili dinner is complete without cornbread. Try this winner out for your Super Bowl chili meal.
Southwest Cornbread – The combination of green chilies, a hint of sweetness and a touch of cheese makes this a crowd favorite.
Let’s eat … and may the best team win!
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