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The Naming of Chili

by Luke Warm
One of our researchers recently came upon several lists of chili recipes. The names alone provide entertainment value - even before preparation is attempted. Since the lists were long and readers are sometimes impatient, we culled redundant recipes and categorized those that remained under ten headings.

Readers intrigued by the names can find the various recipes through a Google search. Texas Escapes does not endorse any chili and advises readers who eat chili to eat responsibly. TE takes no responsibility for anything readers put in their mouths.
Dangerous Chili

Ambush Chili, Bachelor Chili, Bandit's Chili, Buzzard's Breath Chili, Cyclone Chili, Dynamite Chili, Texas Lava Chili, Brute Force Chili, Georgia Chain Gang Chili, Satan's Fantasy Chili, Nuclear Chili, Deadman's Chili, Chernobyl Chili, Puppy's Breath Chili, Four Dead in O-hi-O Chili.
Sissy Chili

ABC Vegetables 'n' Chili, Mary's Chili for Wimps, Brown Bag Gourmet Chili, Lady's Home Journal Chili, Chanterelle and Shiitake Black Bean Chili with Sour Cherries, Consumer Reports Chili, Black Bean Chili con Carne with Cilantro Pesto. Esquire Fortnightly Eastern Establishment Chili, A Working Woman's Chili.
Geographic Chili

Abilene Chili, Amarillo Chili, Arcadian Eight Bean Chili, Arizona Desert Chili, Austin, Texas Chili, Texas Panhandle Style Chili, Bandera Chili, Dallas Chili, East Texas Red Chili, Brazos Turkey Chili, Brownsville Chili, North Texas Style Red Chili, Tyler, Texas Chili, Rio Grande Chili, Pedernales River Chili, Texarkana Style Chili, Original San Antone Chili, Santa Fe Chili, Celtic Chili, Daytona Beach Chili, Authentic Texas Border Chili, Cincinnati Style Chili, Idaho Chili, Italian Chili, Portuguese Chili, Klondike Chili, California Chili, Ohio, Style Chili, To the Moon Chili, Okla Chili, Heaven and Hell Chili, Old Mexico Chili, Chili N'awlins, Nevada Chili, New Mexico Chili, Reno Red Chili, Wyoming Sheepherder Chili, Hoosier Chili, Mayan Chili, Mediterranean Chili. Mescalero, Chili
Chili on Time

Last Minute Chili, Easy 10 Minute Chili, 15 Minute Chili, Half Hour Chili. Overnight Chili, Summer Chili, Wednesday Chili, Weekend Chili, Sunday Chili, Speedy Chili.
Understated Chili

Baked Chili, Basic Chili, Real Texas Chili, Farmer's Chili, True Texas Chili, This…is Chili, Best Ever Chili, A Very Tasty Chili Recipe, Cheao Chili, Cheap Cheap Chili, Generic Chili Recipe, Genuine Texas Chili, Plain Basic Chili, Savory Chili.

Strange Ingredient Chili

Alligator Chili, Caribou Chili, Cocoa Chili, Cashew Chili, Catfish Chili, Chocolate Chili, Crawfish Chili, Chili con Carrot, Black Bean and Cashew Chili, Hunan Style Salmon Chili, Chile con Elote (Squash Blossom), Spicy Chili with Sour Cream Dumplings, Chocolate Chili with Pinto Beans, Chili with Panang Curry, Chili con Carne with Chili Cheddar Shortcakes, Chili and meatballs with Cornmeal Dumplings, 15 Bean and Winter Squash Not Chili, Texas Two Finger Chili, Chili Grits, Chicken Pumpkin Chili, Yam Chili, Branding Iron Chili, Tofu Chili, Tuna Chili, Turkey and Cranberry Chili, Dove's Nest White Chili, Golden Butternut Squash Chili, Kahlua Chili.

Chili of Color

Chili Verde, Black and White Bean Vegetable Chili, Black Bean Chili with Red Onion Salsa, Chili con Caucasian (White Chili), Black Bean with Oranges Chili, Black Bean over Sweet Potato Chili, Red and Black Bean Buffalo Chili, White Bean with Red Salsa Chili, Green Garlic Chili, Green Chile Chili.
Unexplained Chili

Andromeda Vegetarian Chili, Chili of Penultimate Grooviness, Bowl of Compassion Chili, Judicial Misconduct Chili, Chili con Cerveza, Chili in a Bread Bowl, Male Chauvinist Chili, Harpoon Chili, Buckskin Chili, Calico Chili, Saddlebag Chili, Hard Hat Chili, Soylent Chili, Ed's Buffalo Snort Red Chili, Mouth of Hell Chili, Sangre del Diablo Chili, Red Chili Nightmare.
Celebrity Chili
Sen. Barry Goldwater's Expert Chil, Sen. Joseph Montoya's New Mexican Chili, Lewis and Clark's White Chili, Mom's Chili, Mrs.Dash's Vegetarian Chili, Mrs. Owen's Cook Book Chili (1880), Walt Disney's Own Chili and Beans, Meiman-Marcus Chili Blanco, Paul and Linda McCartney's Chili Non Carne, Craig Claiborne's No-Salt Chili Con Carne, Chili Elizabeth Taylor, Doc Martin's Green Chili, Chili H. Allen Smith, Maverick Chili. Rosemary's Baby Chili.
Specific Place Chili
Grandma's Ohio Farm Chili, Skyline Chili, Smokehouse Chili, Tavern Chili, Firehouse Chili, Tulsa Fire Department Chili, Tucson Jailhouse Chili, Speakeasy Chili, Hot Dog Chili from Aiken Pool Hall, Aiken, S. C., Butterfield Stage Chili, Alamo Chili.

"They shoe horses, don't they?"
April 23, 2004 column
© John Troesser

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