What is Chili Con Carne?
Chili con carne or chili for short is a spicy Tex-Mex stew mainly made with chili peppers, ground meat, and tomatoes. Other common chili recipe ingredients include garlic, onions, cumin, vegetable or beef broth, bell peppers, oregano, cayenne pepper, pinto beans, kidney beans, etc. However, most traditional chili recipes do not include beans.
As for the dish’s origins, chili con carne is thought to have originated in northern Mexico or southern Texas at the beginning of the 19th century. The dish was just a simple stew with chili peppers at the time but has slowly evolved into something more complex and rich.
How To Make Homemade Chili Powder?
To make easy homemade chili powder, start by removing the stems and seeds from one ounce of dried mild red chilies. Then place a large skillet over medium heat and wait till it’s hot before adding in the dried chilies and toasting for about a minute until fragrant. Remove from heat and let it cool.
Transfer the cooled whole chilies to a small blender or spice grinder and grind to a powder. Add in 2 Tbsp ground cumin, 1 Tbsp garlic powder, 1 Tbsp dried oregano, 1 Tbsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1/4-1/2 tsp ground cayenne, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, and 1 tbsp cocoa powder. Mix until well combined.
What To Serve with Chili Con Carne?
Homemade chilli con carne is best served hot with toppings like sour cream, vegan yogurt, fresh herbs, and lime. Other popular toppings for chili con carne include Greek yogurt, whiskey, dried peppers, shredded cheese, sliced avocados, honey, salsa, coconut milk, guacamole, and olives.
Chili con carne also pairs wonderfully well with brown rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, baked sweet potatoes, or pasta and can even be used to make chili burritos, tacos, and fries.
You can also serve your chili con carne alongside dishes like BBQ sweet potato croutons, chickpea kale salad, pumpkin black bean soup, saltine crackers, tortilla chips, cornbread, and pork tamales for a hearty filling meal.
Here are some our delicious recipes that you can serve with Chili Con Carne: