What are the basic ingredients in chili? Traditional chili, the food that humorist Will Rogers reportedly called "a bowl of blessedness," includes some meat (hence, its full name, chili con carne — chili with meat), chili peppers or chili powder, garlic, cumin, oregano and, often, beans. Said to have been first introduced in San Antonio, Texas, in the 17th century, chili is the official state food of the Lone Star State. Texas-style chili has no legumes, though pinto beans are often served on the side. In Texas, where meat was always plentiful, there was no need to supplement the food with beans, but elsewhere chili recipes include different kinds of beans and some even leave the meat out altogether. Today is National Chili Day in America. Celebrate with a "bowl of red."
"Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili." — Kit Carson's alleged dying words