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Chili - Home Cooking Dish of the Month (October 2013)

Welcome to the reporting thread for the October 2013 Dish of the Month. This month we will be making Chili (or Chile). There are no constraints on the type of chili - with beans, without beans, ground meat, chunks of meat, no meat. I'm sure we'll have as many different recipes as we have participants. And as many different opinions about what is the real thing.

You can view the short and sweet voting thread here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918325

The nomination thread also includes an index of all prior Dish of the Month threads. You can view it here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/917581

When you are reporting on a chili recipe, please remember to paraphrase if it is not your own; verbatim copying of recipes to the boards is a violation of the copyright of the original author. Posts with copied recipes will be removed.

Photos are always welcome. If you think chili is not too photogenic, feel free to share picture of your mise en place.

All are welcome to join in. If you haven't participated before, or if you've been lurking, please jump right in. Feel free to ask questions too.

Time to get out our cauldrons and start making chili!

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  1. It hit 83 here today, nowhere near what I consider to be "chili weather." Maybe a few weeks from now, but right now it's still all about tomatoes, corn, eggplant, and peppers.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      I don't know, I rather think chili can go either way. Sure it's cozy to have a pot simmering away on a cold day, but when I picture it, I see chili in colorful bowls on a picnic table in the back yard. I think it's great in warm weather too. And if you're not a chili purist, there's plenty of recipes for summer vegetable versions.

    2. Gosh I totally missed the final voting around! Stupid work. But that being said, I'm excited about this, I hope I can find some weekend time to make a big vat of it to eat throughout the week since my work schedule probably won't let up for awhile. Chili (beanless!) and cornbread is one of my favorite things to eat.

      1. this thread might be helpful to those who made their chili too spicy
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3593...

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        1. re: jpr54_1

          It was 80 in Boston today. Usually don't make chili till Nov but since mine is killer ill make some if I have a chance. I don't have a recipe so will have to create one as I go along.

          1. Woohooo! Chili! I can't wait .. I'm freezing already so this is a good thing. I'm going to experiment with beanless chili.

            1. I have some too lean ground beef in the freezer (about a pound) so hopefully something here will inspire me.