chililogo

Chili Philosophy and Humor

In Chili & Soup, Humor by Dave DeWittLeave a Comment

Share this PostEmail this to someoneShare on Facebook0Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+0Pin on Pinterest0Share on Tumblr0Share on Reddit0
Pot-o-chili

What strange ingredients lurk in this pot of chili?

Everyone has an opinion about chili. Arguably, it is the most contentious food in the world, triggering debates as to its origin, authenticity, preparation, and influence on international culinary practices. While researching chili for this exclusive report, I found a treasure trove of controversial opinions and observations. It is my pleasure to share them with readers with a literary bent–or those who are just bent, period.

The Chilosophers Speak: Strange Ingredients

“There are fiends incarnate, mostly Texans, who put chopped celery in their chili, and the Dallas journalist, Frank X. Tolbert, who has been touted as the Glorious State’s leading authority on chili, throws in corn meal. Heaven help us one and all! You might as well throw in some puffed rice, or a handful of shredded alfalfa, or a few Maraschino cherries.” –H. Allen Smith

“I like chili made out of shrimp, oysters, crayfish, beef, wild duck, lamb, goat, opossum, venison, javelina hog, horse, burro, Mexican Chihuahua, catfish heads, beaver, moose, and elk, but my favorite is swamp rabbit.” –Earle Wyatt

“One man’s chili is another man’s axle grease. If a guy wants to toss in an armadillo, I don’t argue with him–I just don’t eat with him.” –Carroll Shelby, co-founder of CASI

More chili con carne humor and philosophy in this article on Fiery Foods Central.

The following two tabs change content below.
Publisher | Christened the "Pope of Peppers" by The New York Times, Dave DeWitt is a food historian and one of the foremost authorities in the world on chile peppers, spices, and spicy foods.

Latest posts by Dave DeWitt (see all)