Chili Con Carne

Chili Con Carne is a spicy Spanish stew made from chili peppers and meat and is popularly served in American fast food joints. The stew is made with wide variations depending upon the culinary culture of a region.

Ingredients of the Chili Con Carne

The most authentic Chili Con Carne recipe basically contains chili peppers, garlic, meat, cumin and onions. The meat used is ground or chopped beef. Tomatoes and beans are also used in the dish.

Variants of Chili Con Carne

Chili Con Carne is prepared in different ways across the world cuisine. The Texas version of the dish does not include beans. The “Pedernales River chili”, President Lyndon Johnson’s dish, does not include beef and is made using beans and tomatoes. If meat is used at all, venison is preferred to beef on health grounds. Chili sin carne, the vegetarian version of Chili Con Carne gained huge popularity with the vegan Americans. A meat analogue such as tofu is used in place of red meat. Another interesting variation is the one using the “Three Sisters” – corn, squash and beans. Chili made using white meat like Cincinnati- style Chili, Louisville style chili, and Chili Verde are other popular variations. Cincinnati- style Chili is used as a topping of choice for hot dogs and Chili Verde is known to be one of the best San Francisco Burrito fillings.

Chili Con Carne is a controversial dish when it comes to the ingredients used. The predominance of beans, tomatoes and meat in different Chili Con Carne recipes in different culinary cultures was a matter of dispute which resulted in a number of variations of the basic dish.

Chili con carne recipes including fruit, coffee, chocolate, sweetcorn, cola, honey, beer, whiskey, bourbon, masa and other unconventional ingredients are also popular.

Accompaniments for Chili Con Carne

Chili Con Carne recipes are partnered with beer or cold milk. Cheese, saltine crackers, Chili Con Carne recipes are often served with jalapeno peppers, sweet cornbread, corn tortillas and pork tamales.

Chili Con Carne Blogs

Chili Verde Con Carne Lasagna

Chili Verde Con Carne Lasagna On : 11-Jul-2010 By : chefbenwa

Well it's really only lasagna in the sense that it is layered like the lasagna.  I made a version of this method for a pot-luck at my day job. The girls liked it so much they wanted the recipe. It is not really a recipe as such but more of a...

Ny Strip Con Chiles Verde

Ny Strip Con Chiles Verde On : 05-Jul-2009 By : chefbenwa

If you are a regular reader of the Chef Benwa Cooks blog then you will know my fondness for green chilies. From my Chili Verde con Cerdo to my Chile Verde con Carne y Tomatoes . I just love the chilies. Another favorite of mine is Jack Link's...

Chili Season In Full Swing Here In Michigan

Chili Season In Full Swing Here In Michigan On : 01-Nov-2009 By : chefbenwa

Well it's the 1st of November and Chili season is here and the weather in Michigan has been perfect; wet, cold and cloudy. If you need more inspiration than the weather can provide I have posted some links to my chili recipes. If all else fails there is...

10 Comforting Chili Recipes

10 Comforting Chili Recipes On : 28-Oct-2013 By : seasonal_foodie

The spicy stew known simply as chili has been known to enthrall one and all through the ages . However, there has been intense competition and arguments over the ingredients as well as the country that makes the best chili con carne or chili, meat...

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