Chili con carne (often known simply as chili) is a spicy stew. The name of the dish derives from the Spanish chile con carne, “chili pepper with meat”. Traditional versions are made, minimally, from chili peppers, garlic, onions, and cumin, along with chopped or ground beef. Beans and tomatoes are frequently included. Variations, both geographic and personal, may involve different types of meat as well as a variety of other ingredients. It can be found in many countries in local variations and also in certain American-style fast food restaurants. The variant recipes provoke disputes among aficionados, and the dish is used as an ingredient in a number of other foods.

Origins and history

The recipe used by American frontier settlers consisted of dried beef, suet, dried chili peppers, and salt, which were pounded together, formed into bricks and left to dry, which could then be boiled in pots on the trail.

The San Antonio Chili Stand, in operation at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, helped people from other parts of the country taste and appreciate chili. San Antonio was a significant tourist destination and helped Texas-style chili con carne spread throughout the South and West,

origin of chili came in 1828 when J.C. Clopper observed the poor people in San Antonio cutting what little meat they could afford into a has like consistency and stewing it together with as many pieces of peppers as pieces of meat.

However chili was created, it is a dish enjoyed in many homes in America today and in many different ways.


  • 5lbs mincemeat
  • ¾ lb butter
  • ½  head of celery diced
  • 2 large onions diced
  • 3 red peppers diced
  • 4 cups of mushrooms cut in half
  • 5 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 5 cans of kidney beans
  • 4 cans of tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 3Tablespoons salt
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • ½ can of canned chipotle chilies
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 6 cups water


Method: Brown mincemeat then add all the spices to meat and cook for another 5 min, in another pot sweat your vegetables and garlic in butter for 10 min. Then combined vegetable and meat together and the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for approx 1hr.


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