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Crackers in Chili: Yes or No?+ Toppings You Love...or Hate

Just a simple survey on whether you eat crackers with your Chili, and if you do what kind?
I'm an Oyster Cracker guy myself, but what's your preference?
Or is it an abomination to add toppings to Chili?

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  1. I prefer cornbread over crackers, buttered well and crumbled atop the chili. Barring that, I'd opt for Fritos next, and then Oyster crackers, with saltines being perfectly acceptable, but the least desirable of the options.

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    1. re: DarkRose

      I, too, prefer cornbread, but I never crumble it over the chili. Just eat it buttered on the side.

      Now failing that, I've been known to dip a few saltines into my chili, but again, never crumbled over it.

      1. re: DarkRose

        Yes, cornbread, or nothing.

        Never really liked crackers in my chili. In clam chowder, yes. Chili, no.

      2. I believe I have read that FDR put crushed crackers in his chili. If toppings are an abomination, then most of the restaurants that serve chili are violators. If I order chili, I always make sure they will serve it without "surprise" toppings. I will take a little grated cheese on the side, though. If I make it for visitors I provide toppings on the side. A good chili is a good thing!

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        1. re: sueatmo

          I don't usually put crackers in chili (no beans please)

          But I love a topping of cheese and/or sour cream or mustard.

          1. re: laliz

            Whaaa? Mustard?

            I've never heard of that and I've been eating chili since before I had teeth!

            1. re: DoobieWah

              yea. mustard. comes from my love of chili dogs w/mustard. Now I ask for mustard when ordering chili. No beans.

              1. re: laliz

                Oh yes, of course.

                I always eschew the mustard on a chili dog. I never thought about adding it to a bowl of chili.

            2. re: laliz

              Diced ripe tomato or good mild salsa on mine, with sour cream - but if the chili contains beans, I have to have it over cornbread with some chopped onion.

              1. re: laliz

                I have been known to put mayo on top of chili. And while I don't put mustard on chili, I do often add it to cheese type things (like my mac and cheese) to amp up the flavour. Sounds like it might be good.

            3. Gluttony reigns supreme - shredded cheese, sour cream and a few dashes of Tabasco and yes to crackers, if there are no tortilla chips in the house. ;-)

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              1. re: lynnlato

                No crackers, but I like to scoop it up with tortilla chips too.

                1. re: Pia

                  Agh! My husband does that and ends up with it all over his chest. He likes tortilla chips and sour cream. I stick with hot sauce. Never crackers.

                  1. re: Glencora

                    Ha! You're post made me laugh. My husband and son are sloppy chili eaters... with the tortilla chips. It must be a boy thing. ;-)

                    Pia, I'm a scooper too!

                    1. re: Glencora

                      Time to get him a bib. I made my husband one. I thought he would be pissed, but it turns out he likes it. He is an odd duck.

                  2. re: lynnlato

                    I like queso fresco, too much Tabasco, cilantro and a few crushed saltines on my chili.

                  3. I'd give you a very mean look if you put them on as a topping. On the side, where I can just ignore them, is fine. I like crunchy and salty, but not with my chili. If I do have a starch with chili, it'll be some tough/chewy bread.

                    1. I like my chili -- assuming we're talking about a red, meaty chili -- over spaghetti or elbow macaroni, with lots of shredded cheese on top. If there's no pasta to be had, white rice would be my second choice, with crushed crackers a distant third.

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                        1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                          Why do I feel quite, quite certain that you either live in or have spent time in Cincinnati?

                          1. re: mamachef

                            +1 That was my first thought. Although I have not been to Cincinnati, we used to host a Super Bowl party every year and our friends - who were from Cincinnati - brought it to the party every year!

                            Personally, I like cheese, diced tomatoes and diced onions.

                            1. re: boyzoma

                              I'm a Florida boy, lived here my entire life. While I have had Skyline Chili and like it on rare occasions, my family always had chili (or more likely, tangy sloppy joe-style meat sauce) over pasta and somewhat ironically called it "cowboy spaghetti."

                              And as for the white rice thing, that's a Miami thing (where I was raised) all the way. One of my favorite Cuban dishes is picadillo, ground beef in a spicy, richly-seasoned tomato sauce, served over rice. It's an easy substitution to use chili instead.

                              1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                you should come to Hawaii, you would fit in just fine.... place here called Zippy's. chili spaghetti with rice is a standard. Order it with garlic bread on the side, and maybe a piece of corn bread.

                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                  YUM. Chili with rice, cheese, onions...and fried chicken! I love the Zippy's chili/chicken combo.

                          2. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                            When I lived in NY a restaurant my friends and I ate at all the time served chili with rice and I grew to love it, but I've never done it that way myself. I like oyster crackers or saltines or tortilla chips--not fussy. I'm on a chil jag right now, maybe I'll try it with rice.