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May 22, 2009 02:35 PM

What do you eat your chili?

I've been serving cornbread with mine but don't have an exciting recipe. Does anyone have one? Do you serve anything unique with yours? I'm also thinking about making it for Father's Day, any great suggestions for sides? Thanks!

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  1. Sorry, that's what do you eat your chili with?

    1. Fritos with chili are a classic. They must be Fritos, NOT doritos, NOT corn chips, but Fritos! I make the sweet version of cornbread from the recipe on the cornmeal box, but jazz it up. I add finely diced red pepper and jalapeno and some fresh (or canned) corn kernels. It's pretty delicious. adam

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      1. re: adamshoe

        Adam, did you ever read the ingredients on a bag of Fritos?

        whole corn, corn oil, and salt

        This is why they are my snack food of choice and a perfect pairing with chili!

      2. I usually saute onions, garlic and jalapeno peppers and grate sharp cheddar and mix it all with the cornbread batter.

        1. We almost always have cornbread too and sometimes a slaw without mayonnaise. There are some Yucatan-style coleslaws out there, though we do love an Asian style non-mayo slaw called Super Slaw on Epicurious. Truly, I make the chili exciting (with chipotles in adobo and black beans) with the cornbread not-so-exciting; that's just me! There is also a very good slaw on Epicurious with orange juice concentrate that we also use from time to time, no mayo in that one, either.

          1. For all meat, Texas chili, the classic accompaniment is saltines. Shredded cheddar and chopped onions are traditional toppings.

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            1. re: agoodbite

              With optional sour cream.

              For what it's worth, if you stick with cornbread, maybe experiment with it. When I was a kid, I made some cornbread subbing in a can of creamed corn for part of something and it was fantastic.

              1. re: Cinnamon

                The recipe I posted for cheesy cornbread above is kicked up Jiffy mix with cornbread and some add-ins. Really easy and very tasty--I concur. ;) And the directions are written so if you don't want to use Jiffy, you can make the whole thing from scratch.

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  *Favoriting this topic for further investigation* :)

                2. re: Cinnamon

                  Yep...forgot about the sour cream served with the chili...I've done this a few times and mix in fresh lime juice with the sour cream and then hit it with freshly chopped cilantro; adds a very nice touch to the chipotle chili and makes it so 'purty'!