It’s hard to find someone that doesn’t love at least some variant of chili. It’s a lot like soup, really, as everyone has at least one favourite soup that they prefer above all others. Thus, to say that chili is a popular food is an understatement. It’s so popular in fact, that the famous food has its own day to celebrate everything related to chili. Chili Day falls on the last Thursday of every February (which means it falls on February 25 this year); to help you celebrate, we’re featuring a few of our favourite, unique chili recipes. Check out a few of them below, and stop by The City Market to purchase only the freshest and best ingredients from our vendors!
Want a taste of the island life in your chili? Better Homes and Gardens features a delicious recipe that utilizes fresh mango, habanero pepper (optional though highly recommended), raisins, a whole host of beans, and even orange juice to create a unique twist on chili that must be tasted to be believed. Especially if you’re a rabid fruit fan, it’s almost a guarantee that you will become a fan of this dish after the first bite!
For the chili fan that has to have meat (and lots of it) in their chili, food blog Slow Cooker Gourmet has a slow cooker chili recipe that’s perfect for these cold, winter months. The star of the chili is obviously the beef short ribs, and by following the recipe religiously, you will have well-seasoned, delicious short ribs to accompany your slow cooker chili. You know how some people say, “that dish will put some meat on your bones?” Well, that perfectly describes this chili – it’s deliciously hearty!
Wallflower Girl wants you to forget everything you know about chili for a moment, open your mind, and follow her recipe. Yes, the thought of chocolate and bacon in chili may seem a little too adventurous for some, but after reading her post we have to say that we have to agree with her: this chili recipe may just wind up as one of your best meals ever. In addition to incorporating chocolate and bacon, her mad scientist-level chili recipe also includes whiskey for a dark, sweet, sharp taste that must be tasted to be believed!
Now you may be saying to yourself, “you know, I just want a simple chili recipe that will light my mouth on fire as nature intended.” If that’s the case, Butterscotch Sundae has the perfect recipe for you. Queen City Chili utilizes a host of spicy flavours, including tried-and-true jalapenos, hot chili beans, and of course, a red pepper to create a concoction that is flavourful with the right amount of spicy. It doesn’t get much better than that!