Chili first gained popularity along Texas cattle trails during the 1800s. Regional accents soon attached to the spicy stew, although certain ingredients remain standard to this day. Chili peppers, usually dried, add heat and spice to everything. Cumin and garlic are indispensable seasonings. Most chili recipes incorporate meat, some add beans, and others are strictly vegetarian. The point is: There's a chili recipe to suit every taste and almost every occasion, from tailgating with a crowd to a quiet night at home by the fireplace. The dish also makes inexpensive ingredients go a long way. Here are 13 regional chili specialties, some associated with a particular place and others whose components evoke a location.
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