Posted by Annette Bellisari on



With Fall finally here its that time again to celebrate comfort food and what better way to do so than with a hot bowl of chili. 

True, Chili warms us on cool and cold fall/winter days but versatility, convenience and nutritional attributes have made chili much trendier among today's families and Millennial's alike. (SelfMag)

Let’s start with the versatility of Chili.  Chili can be made from any meat available, Beef, Pork, Chicken and Turkey all have had their day within Chili recipes.  But Bison, Elk, Rattlesnake and even Seafood have become options for Chili.  Beans or no Beans which often depends in what part of the country you live or where your "family recipe" originated. Additionally, there are many Vegan, Vegetarian, and Meatless options for those who are committed to certain lifestyles.

Chili's versatility also relates to food occasion.  Chili is popular for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, as a dip (when mixed with queso), as a topping (burgers and hot dogs), as entertainment food and even as a "catch all for your leftovers". Chili truly has endless opportunities for food occasion planning.

Convenience …here at Bellisari's we often talk about Gourmet Convenience as that is our mantra.  Chili is a great example of convenience. One pot, can be made ahead, can cook overnight in a crock pot, or in as little as 30 minutes on the stove-top.  Chili is transportable and can be consumed over multiple days.

Nutritional attributes of Chili are only as good as the ingredients but with lean protein options, vegetable options and no/low carb options - Chili can be a very healthy alternative to other hearty meals.   next time you think about making a bowl of chili challenge yourself to include new ingredients, new spice blends, maybe throw in some veggies from the garden, or even try a seafood chili with some shrimp, crab and scallops.  Whatever your preference, just remember, Chili is a great meal for any occasion and make it with your own twist.  Enjoy.

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