Are Beans Allowed? And Other Important Questions about Texas Chili While It's Relevant.

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They're not real beans, promise.
It's still cold out, if you haven't noticed. And as long as the mercury is low and the skies are gray, American kitchens will be filled with the smells of chili. We proved as much right here, when a quick scan of the Lakewood Whole Foods determined onions, canned tomatoes and ground beef -- the building blocks for a pot of red -- had all been decimated by ravenous customers before snow and ice shut down Dallas for days.

The New York Times agrees, as evidenced by their massive spread on the great meat stew timed with the great polar vortex. There are a number of recipes, some chili history and an appearance by Robb Walsh, Texas food historian and former critic at our sister paper, Houston Press

In addition to offering his own recipe for chili, Walsh fields questions about those pesky legumes that has so many Texans up in arms. Beans are fine in chili, according to the author of several regional cookbooks, as long as it's a one-pot meal. According to our completely unscientific Whole Foods research, that just the kind of chili many Dallasites turn to when the weather gets cranky. If the chili is meant for another dish like Tex-Mex enchiladas, however, Walsh says beans are seriously frowned upon.

In an effort to bring chili fanatics together, the author offers a chili recipe for the masses, an amalgam of chili recipes compiled after years of chili research. Dubbed Just Good Chili the recipe calls for beer and coffee, cocoa powder and chili sauce, and two kinds of beans -- white and kidney. It is a chili that could bring us all together.

Of course with weather forecasters predicting a five-day run of sunny, progressively warmer weather, all this cold weather chili information could feel quickly outdated. But chances are there will be another cold snap or two before spring comes along, and if there is, you'll be more than ready, beans or not.

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mremanne
mremanne

If you want to make soup, make soup. If you want to make chili, leave the beans in the ground.

EdD.
EdD.

Beans in chili? Prepare for a visit from the wrathful ghost of Frank X. Tolbert!

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

KInda late to the convo...simple as this: Chili=no beans  Chilli beans/chili stew=with beans


The lil ol chili gals of San Antonio did not put beans in the chili con carne..and that's really all the history lesson y'all need.


We have this discussion every two years or so, slow news day Scott?  (No such thing as a slow news day, only slow news writer folks.)

rkm200
rkm200

We must protect and secure our borders from illegal beans sneaking their way into our beloved Texas chili. I suggest a new high tech security wall along the Red River and beefed up FDA patrols! Come on all you hot pot patriots!

RoosterCogburn
RoosterCogburn

Isn't there something in Leviticus about beans and chili being unclean and a abomination to God?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Yes.  Beans in chili, but I adore black beans instead of those nasty red kidney beans. 

bhoward1
bhoward1

As a child my mother sometimes made a dish of chili with beans (I do too from time to time). We call it chili beans. Not chili.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Can we now move on to sprinkling versus immersion?

romeolipschitz
romeolipschitz

If you like beans in your chili, then put beans in your chili.

If you don't like beans in your chili, then don't put beans in you chili.

Now relax and do something nice for someone tomorrow.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Look you redneck f+ckers, I have it on high account that back in the day the cook on the trail would have thrown ANYTHING in the pot to make it appealing, and filling; most of you f+ckers are talking about what yer "maaahmah's" put in chili. You are talking about recipes from the 50's, when meat became available to all! Newsflash, that's not Original Texas Chili.......the original had all manner of ANYTHING they could find coming down the Indian trails, in a prairie schooner, with a load of kids, supplies and old folk. 



ps-Be a realist? But then again I'm jest an old Yank.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

Everybody knows that you provide a bowl of beans on the side to let those fools that think chili needs beans have some and they can enjoy their stew. The rest of us eat the chili.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Don't know what that is a photo of, but it sure isn't chili   

missgac
missgac

No. Beans. In. Texas. Chili.  Why is this even still being debated?

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

Nope. No beans in chili. Once it has beans it may be a fine dish like a stew but it isn't chili any longer. 

annff69
annff69

If you must add beans, they should be pintos. Anything else is sacrilege in my book. Pintos were a staple in most Texas homes, and they still pack plenty of flavor and nutrition. 

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Beans in chili are a "filler" for people who can't afford meat.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Well since this commenting system ate my comments it can eat shit as well.

The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley
The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley

Until someone shows me a rule that states, "beans must not be in chili", I'm gonna add them and call it chili.  On second thought, even if you show me a rule, I'm gonna add beans anyway, just because I know it gets y'alls panties in a bunch.   

Nictacular
Nictacular

Chili flavoured stew has beans. Usually kidney beans, red beans, or the occasional black bean.

I don't even know what you would call something with white beans. Yikes.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

It is a chili that could bring us all together.


No.  It couldn't.  I don't like kidney beans to start with, and I sure as shit don't want them in my chili.

Caravella
Caravella

You are showing your ass when you say beans are acceptable. Hiding behind Walsh doesn't help.

Caravella
Caravella

You are showing your ass when you say beans are acceptable in chili.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  you would like beans in your fake chilil wouldn't you yankee fuck.

pak152
pak152

@missgac becuz too many immigrants coming into the state

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

@The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley  Rule #2 of the Chili Appreciation Society International, aka CASI, is this:

"2. NO FILLERS IN CHILI - Beans, macaroni, rice, hominy, or other similar ingredients are not permitted."

So, if you want to take your legendary chili to competition, beans will get you DQ'd.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@Caravella  I'm not hiding behind anyone. I'm an out of the closet bean lover. I proudly let my legume freak flag fly. #teambean

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin  Black beans and plenty of serrano chiles, too.  Oregano and cumin are a must.  My chili is kickin' y'all!

pak152
pak152

@AdamsonScott @annff69see this is why you can't have beans. no one can decide what type of beans. therefore NO repeat NO BEANS.

banepage
banepage

@ScottsMerkin @Sharon_Moreanus  

No, Sharon is right..Beans are used to stretch a pot of chili in order to feed more friends and family...those of you who spend 20 dollar on a bowl of chili wouldnt understand..its cool though

The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley
The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley

@ScottsMerkin @The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley@cactusflinthead

It's a competition rule.  His words, "if you want to take your legendary chili to competition, beans will get you DQ'd."  The rule only applies to competition.

In the spirit of compromise, I suggest no beans in chili but also no sauce on BBQ.  All in favor...      

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