Chili is a great American tradition. It's so important in parts of the
United States that competitions are held to decide who is the Chili
This delicious bowl of spicy goodness takes hours to make. It also takes
the know-how to perfectly blend together meats and spices. Most chili
traditionally contains beans, yet chili recipes can vary.
Vegetarian chili has also become a popular alternative to the meaty kind in recent years. Chili is normally served spicy and in the south it is normally especially spicy. With lots of jalapenos, habaneros or other chili peppers mixed in. If you don't have time to make your own, there are many good brands of chili that can be found in cans. You can purchase them in your local supermarket or in specialty stores. Some can even be purchased online.
We offer reviews and information for chili brands, hot sauce brands and other spicy foods.
Another favorite is the Chili dog, if you haven't tried this hot dog smothered with chili and onions then you are truly missing out on something special. Of course everyone has their favorite chili to slather that hot dog with. What is yours?
|Nutritional facts and product photos.|
|Amy's Organic Chili, Medium Chili with Vegetables|
|Hormel Chili with beans|
|Skyline Chili, Original Chili, Cincinatti's Famous|
|Campbell's Chunky Chili, Hot & Spicy with bean firehouse|
Most chili contains Jalapeno peppers,
which are a medium size chili pepper and have an attractive green
color with a slightly waxy texture.
Jalapenos are commonly used in spicy dishes, sauces and salsas. It is a common additive in many Mexican dishes. The Jalapeno is considered a slightly medium to hot pepper, yet it is really more flavorful than hot.
They grow well in any warm climate and are a favorite of farmers in the Southwestern United States and Mexico.
Jalapenos are commonly sold canned and can be found whole or sliced, though they are generally preferred sliced.
They are great on tacos and burritos, adding just the right amount of heat and flavor.
A chipotle is an Jalapeno that has been smoked to add extra flavor.
Comments from different chili brand reviews:
I had my first chili dog taste test today with family members. We didn't want to muddy the waters too much, so we decided to try just three kinds of chili without beans. Bush's, Campbell's Chunky, and Hormel. We liked Hormel the least. Although we didn't see gobs of orange grease when we opened the can, we could taste it. Campbell's seemed to have a slight BBQ flavor, which took a little getting used to but was still good. Bush's was closer to a more traditional (to us Upstate New Yorkers) chili taste, and we could taste the peppers better. From that taste test, we would probably pick Bush's over Campbell's but we won't consider Hormel again.
I like the kind made by Bush. Not too greasy or salty. The kind in the jar is the one I buy but they have it in a can...
One Day we all decided to try the Doritos hot and spicy chips. First we tried the 1st Degree Burn Jalapeno. They were hot and spicy as advertised. I thought they had a nice flavor with a little bite. My mom thought they were too hot. Next we tried the 2nd Degree Burn Fiery Buffalo. Uncle Al really liked these, I thought they had a nice balanced kick to them. My mom said her tongue was on fire and spit them out. Lastly we tried the 3rd Degree Burn Habanero Brand chips. The flavor and heat are intense on this one, but if you enjoy hot foods than you may just love them. You might want to keep some milk handy to heal the burn on this one. My mom refused to try these and Uncle Al said he could no longer feel his mouth after eating this. He started yelling "Hot, Hot, Hot also." I started laughing. Sorry Uncle Al.
My husband likes "Stagg" chili that comes out of a box. Well, it's a lot better than my homemade chili--cooking chili is not my forte. Costco also sells one brand of canned chili that is decent--can't remember the name.
I think Campbell's Chunky is the best canned one.
I just tried some Wolf Brand Canned Chili with no beans. I really enjoyed this chili, it had a very nice taste overall. It had a fair amount of meat in the chili itself. I would say that the chili is a medium to spicy chili, yet has a nice balance and a full flavor. I would recommend this chili to others, I would also expect it to taste good on hot dogs. Rating 9/10
4 Star Chili
Makes 8 servings
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, chopped
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 carrot, sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 cup white wine
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup bottled steak sauce
5 slices bacon
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 (1.25 ounce) package chili seasoning mix
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Directions - Combine ingredients in a large pot over medium-low heat, combine tomatoes, tomato paste, carrot, onion, celery, wine, pepper flakes, bell peppers and steak sauce.
While tomato mixture is simmering, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Remove to paper towels. Cook beef in bacon drippings until brown; drain. Stir chili seasoning into ground beef.
Stir seasoned beef, cumin and bacon into tomato mixture. Continue to simmer until vegetables are tender and flavors are well blended.
Stir in beans, cilantro and parsley. Heat and serve.
Makes 8 servings.
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
4 tablespoons chili powder, or to taste
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
Directions - In a 4 quart pot, sauté garlic in oil.Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, beer, chili powder, mustard powder, oregano, pepper, cumin, hot pepper sauce. Stir in the pinto beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, red and white kidney beans, and corn. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Top serving's with cheese if desired.
Texas Style Chili
Takes around 35 minutes in total. Serves 4
Chili and Hot Pepper flavored Tortilla chips are excellent for snacking.
If you love the flavor of chili and chili peppers then you will likely
enjoy these brands of tortilla chips.
DORITOS® brand tortilla chips deliver a powerful crunch that unlocks the bold and unique flavors you crave. The DORITOS® brand is constantly creating new ways to give you immersive and memorable experiences, to put you in control of the things you love most. Check out Snack Strong Productions at Doritos.com.
Doritos makes a wide variety of flavored tortilla chips. These include Spicy Sweet Chili, 1st Degree Burn Blazin' Jalapeno, 2nd Degree Burn Fiery Buffalo, 3rd Degree Burn Scorchin' Habanero, Salsa Verde, Tapatio' Salsa Picante.
Some of these tortilla's are hot, spicy and really tasty. If you are craving a tasty, spicy chip, then Doritos Brand has lots of nice choices.
A Review: One Day we all decided to try the Doritos hot and spicy chips. First we tried the 1st Degree Burn Jalapeno. They were hot and spicy as advertised. I thought they had a nice flavor with a little bite. My mom thought they were too hot.
Next we tried the 2nd Degree Burn Fiery Buffalo. Uncle Al really liked these, I thought they had a nice balanced kick to them. My mom said her tongue was on fire and spit them out.
Lastly we tried the 3rd Degree Burn Habanero Brand chips. The flavor and heat are intense on this one, but if you enjoy hot foods than you may just love them. You might want to keep some milk handy to heal the burn on this one. My mom refused to try these and Uncle Al said he could no longer feel his mouth after eating this. He started yelling "Hot, Hot, Hot also." I started laughing. Sorry Uncle Al.
|Popular Brands of Hot Sauces & Salsas|
Garden Fresh Gourmet (Jacks
My Stepfather recently picked this one up for the Holidays when he visited our local Costco. The Salsa is thick, rich, hearty and flavorful. Went really well with corn tortilla chips, we got the garden fresh salsa blend and it was full of veggies which is what I like. It was a little on the spicy side, so if you like your salsa spicy you will probably like Jack's Salsa. This salsa is also supposed to be all-natural and contain no preservatives.
Pace Picante Sauce
A young Texas man named David Pace started making fresh picante sauce in 1947, today Pace Brand is a household name. Pace is a popular brand of Salsa, it has a spicy Southwest flavor to it. Pace Sauces come in these fine flavors: Garden Pepper Restaraunt Style Salsa, Garlic & Lime Verde Restaraunt Salsa, Southwest Chipotle Restaraunt Style Salsa, Regular Restaraunt Style Salsa, Salsa con Queso (salsa with cheese), Pico De Gallo, Chunky Salsa, Picante Sauce, Salsa Verde (green salsa), Black Bean & Roasted Corn Salsa and Pineapple Mango Chipotle Salsa. Slogan: Grab the Southwest by the bottle.
Tabasco sauce has been made virtually the same way since 1868. That's when Edmund Mcilhenny decided to create a pepper sauce to give local southern food some spice and flavor. That's how the famous red Tabasco sauce began, today Tabasco is one of the most famous and recognizable hot sauces in the world. Located on Avery Island, Louisiana, the company is still family owned to this day.
|Spicy Foods & Acid Reflux|
While Spicy Foods
like chili and chili peppers are tasty, they can cause unintended
consequences like acid reflux and indigestion. Read more to learn if you
should avoid these foods, or at least limit your intake.
Symptoms of acid reflux:
Most of the acid reflux symptoms are related to the cause of acid reflux, which is the back up of acid and other materials from the stomach into the esophagus. While the signs or symptoms of acid reflux disease may be unpleasant, it should be noted that these acid reflux symptoms may not happen everyday or after every meal. It's possible that the the acid reflux disease symptoms may disappear for a few weeks and then come back again. This is a sign of a chronic condition.The signs or symptoms of acid reflux include: Heartburn and chest pain. Sore throat, burning in the throat or esophagus.Acid Reflux can be a serious condition, please consult your doctor if you have these symptoms. The good news is that this condition is treatable, with drugs, diet or a combination of the two.
Certain foods can exasperate the symptoms of acid reflux disease, making attacks more frequent. They can also cause moderate to severe heartburn along with the acid reflux.
I suggest you avoid these food if you are prone to heartburn and / or acid reflux disease.
Spicy foods are a common cause of acid buildup and irritation, especially of the esophagus. Citrus fruits and onions can trigger acid buildup and heartburn in most people.
Foods that are high in fat are bad all the way around for you, they are especially bad for those with acid reflux problems. They can cause the esophagus muscle to relax and therefore allow stomach acid to escape into the esophageal tract, causing pain, burning and erosion.
Drinks can also cause irritation and flare ups. Avoid alcoholic drinks if possible or severely moderate their intake. Sodas and caffeinated beverages are also bad for those with Acid Reflux.