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Five interesting facts about chili

February 28, 2019

End February with a feast

On the fourth Thursday of February, or this coming Thursday, National Chili Day is celebrated. It’s going to be cold outside, so there’s no better time to enjoy a bowl or two.

Gold Rush spread popularity

Chili was popularized during the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. Cowboys and prospectors combined dried beef, fat, pepper, salt and chili peppers together into stackable rectangles or “chili bricks” that were then dumped into boiling water.

A century ago, it came to Chicago

The San Antonio Chili Stand had a prominent place at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

LBJ was an avid fan

President Lyndon B. Johnson was a big chili lover. Johnson preferred venison, which is leaner to beef, probably because of doctor’s orders about his bad heart.

Tops in Texas

In 1977, chili was proclaimed the official state food of Texas.

Sources: delishably.com, nationalchiliday.com, farmflavor.com