Explore the United States of Chili

February 2016

Chili recipes vary greatly depending on your location throughout the U.S. Some chefs insist that real chili doesn’t include beans. Others say that it isn’t chili unless it’s served atop a pile of cooked spaghetti noodles. When it comes to chili, there’s one thing all chefs can agree on: it’s an American comfort-food mainstay.

Give your customers a taste of favorite regional chili varieties from across the nation. Start with these key styles:

  • White Chili: This style usually uses cannellini beans and turkey or chicken to achieve its signature lighter color. Try Turkey Medallions in this go-to white chili recipe.
  • Chili Con Carne: The name says it all. This Texas-style chili typically includes beef, peppers and spice. Some chili con carne purists claim that it can absolutely never contain beans. Try this recipe and see what your patrons think.
  • Cincinnati Chili: The must-have ingredient in this variety is actually not a standard chili item at all—it’s spaghetti. A classic chili recipe is prepared and served on a bed of cooked spaghetti noodles, and then topped with loads of shredded cheese.
  • Frito Pie: Not your average chili dish, this casserole-style meal is very common in the Southern U.S. Try this version using smoked turkey breast.

Find great-tasting chili recipes and more in Butterball’s Culinary Center, and be sure to browse our product selection for a variety of great-tasting turkey ingredients.

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