Ok..here is the issue. Texas chili is made without beans and I love it. Many other chili recipes include beans like pinto beans, kidney beans or a white chicken chili with chick peas. I love these recipes, too! So my conundrum is what is the right way to eat chili? I wanted to put it to a vote and created a neat lens over at Squidoo.com.
If you are not familiar with the Squidoo website you can check it out. Squidoo.com is a fun website that is chock full of exciting articles about almost everything under the sun including chili.
Take the vote; to bean or not to been at a Chili Conundrum: To Bean or Not to Bean? This article also has great insights to the flavors of other region chili recipes like Louisville Chili and Cincinnati Chili. There is also a great video exploring how to make your own chili powder at home. Cool stuff! Now go vote!
Cook onions, garlic and meat until brown.
Add tomatoes, beer, coffee, tomato paste and beef broth.
Add spices Stir in 2 cans of kidney beans and peppers.
Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
Add 2 remaining cans of kidney beans and simmer for another 30 minutes.
Man Eating World’s Hottest Pepper – Bhut Jolokia
Why do we laugh when other people are in pain? I do not know but this video is pretty darn funny.
Watch a man eat the world’s hottest pepper, the Bhut Jolokia. The Bhut Jolokia, also known as the Ghost Pepper, rates in at 855,000 Scoville units. It was rated the world’s hottest pepper by Guiness Book of World Records in 2007.
You can gauge how hot a pepper is without looking at its rating on the Scoville scale in one of several ways. Learn the tips and tools that will help you with adding the right amount of heat to your recipes.
Read more: How Hot? A Helpful Guide
What goes best with chili? Beer!!! Did you ever want to make your own? For brewing beer at home you need The Brew Beer Bible.
The Guinness Book of World Records has named the Bhut Jolokia chili pepper the world’s hottest pepper. So how hot, exactly is the world’s hottest pepper?
The Bhut Jolokia or “Ghost” Pepper rates in at over 1,000,000 SHU. A Jalapeno only rates in at 5000 SHU. A self defense pepper spray is 2,000,000 SHU or more. So the world’s hottest pepper is half as hot as a personal defense pepper spray or 200 times hotter than a Jalapeno.
Would you attempt to eat one? Neither would I but Anandita Dutta Tamuly did. In fact she ate 51 Bhut Jolokia peppers in order to set a Guinness World Record for herself. Anandita ate the peppers on April 13, 2009 and was cheered on by celebrity British chef Gordon Ramsay.
“I felt so terrible I could eat only 51. In 2006, I had eaten 60 of them in two minutes for a local record event. But I am sure I shall make it to the Guinness World Records,” the homemaker and mother of a 3-year-old told The Associated Press.33DE79HNFERN
Judging how hot a pepper might be while buying it may prove difficult. Here are some tips to gauge the piquancy of a pepper.
Chilies are available in various colors and sizes. Some chilies are hotter than others and identifying how hot green chili gets difficult sometimes. To rate the heat in a pepper the Scoville heat scale is used. Without access to this scale, you can know how to identify a less hot green chili just by looking at its shape and size.
Tip #1: look for thickness. A thick green chili is not as hot as a thin pepper.
Tip #2: smaller is hotter.
Tip #3: learn it by an experiment. Pick up a green chili and cut it from its tip. The tip is the mildest part of the green chili. Now taste the chili and you will come to know about its hotness.
Tip #4: color- an unripened green chili is less hot than a ripened and dark green colored chili.
Since a variety of chilies are available, the heat factor varies according to the type of chili. Hot cherry peppers and banana peppers are the mild heat hot peppers. Hot cherry peppers are green in color and eventually turn red on maturing whereas banana chilies are little sweet in taste and have less heat when added to a dish.
Chilies give an amazing taste to many recipes but they should be handled with care since the oil can burn you if it comes in contact with eyes, nose or mouth.
Chili powder is the powder from dried, ground chile peppers and it can be known by the type of chile pepper used to produce it. Cayenne pepper is an example. Many different regions and countries use chile powder as an
ingredient to cook with. Read more…
Submit ExpressOpt-in Email Advertising
Welcome to Chili Cha Cha. This site is dedicated to all things chili. The history of chili, chili cook offs, chili recipes, chile powders, dried chilies, chili cookbooks, the heat ratings of chile peppers, chili making supplies and more!
The history of chili is very interesting. First of all, chili is not a Mexican dish, in fact it is a Spanish dish. Chile con Carne, the Spanish term, means peppers with meat. If you ask for chili in Mexico, you will get just that a dish of peppers. You have to ask for chili con carne in order to get a dish of the concoction that you are used to eating in the States. Chili is not served widely in Mexico except for in very touristy areas.
It was Spanish immigrants who brought the dish over to Texas in the early 17oo’s from the Canary Islands. Learn more about chili’s interesting history on the History page.
Chili cook offs became all the rage in the ’60′s and have been a popular activity ever since that time. Many chili cook offs use the event to raise money for their favorite charities. The ICS or International Chili Society can help you put together a chili cook off in your area.
Ingredients for chili can be the simple combination of meat, tomatoes and peppers or can be extreme in that there is a use of complex ingredients like specialty chili powders or a combination of meat and vegetables that many are not used to eating. The end result is always a flavorful and somewhat spicy dish.
Different States have different recipes and standards for chili. Texas chili never has beans while Cincinnati chili is served over spaghetti. Find variations on chili recipes under the recipe link.
Hard to find products like chile powders and dried chilies can be found under the supply link.
Enjoy this site and remember to come back and visit us often! Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed and tell your friends about us!