Chili is a hearty, cold-weather favorite. Friends and families often come together to share in a bowl after a romp in the snow or while watching the big game. It’s easy to make, loved by all, and my all-time favorite winter meal.
There’s been much debate about where the first bowl of chili originated, and where the best bowl can be found. What we do know is that chili was a staple amongst the cattle drives and trail hands of the West. Cowboys would gather around the campfire and tuck into this spicy meal.
According to the International Chili Society, there’s a story about an old Texas range cook who would gather spices and plant gardens along the cattle trails. This way when the cattle train stopped, he could harvest onions, garlic, peppers, and tomatoes to make the perfect Texas chili.
It has even been said that outlaws like Jesse James, Billy the Kid, and Buffalo Bill would frequent “chili joints” for a bowl of this fiery dish.
Of course, over the years the classic Chili con Carne has evolved. No longer does chili have to be made up of ground beef, onions, chili peppers, beans, and spices. Chili lovers have transformed it into a versatile dish that can boast spoonfuls of lean chicken, various beans, good-for-you veggies, bold coffee, and even cinnamon – each ingredient subtly changing the flavor and consistency of chili.
In honor of the famous chili, here are three delicious options for the slow cooker. Each recipe showcases a different flavor, a different texture – but each is undeniably delicious.
Get this recipe: White Chili
Get this recipe: Tex-Mex Chili
Get this recipe: Great Northern Bean Chili
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