The 4th Thursday in February is the perfect time to celebrate Chili Day in countries like the U.S. where most of the country is in the middle of winter and the warm bowl of chili is the perfect meal.
Calling all chili enthusiasts, competitive chili cooks and all the people who love to eat chili!
Most chilis are made of meat, chili peppers, spices and tomatoes.
Hot for Chili History
There are several legends about where chili came from but the one that seems to stand out is that in 17th century Spain, Sister Mary from Agreda had an out of body experience that allowed her to travel to west Texas to preach Christianity and ended up trading it for goods with Native Americans for tomatoes, venison, onions, and chili peppers. It is certain that Sister Mary never left Spain, however, Spanish missionaries and King Philip IV of Spain believed that she was the ghostly “La Dama de Azul” or “lady in blue” of Indian Legend.
There has always been a debate about whether beans go in chili.
“If you know beans about chili, you know that chili has no beans!” thundered Wick Fowler, journalist and chili fan from Texas, the state that made (beanless) chili its official state dish in 1977.