Origin Stories: Who Invented Chili?

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Whether you like your chili spicy, savory, or sweet (yes, that’s a thing), this comfort dish is an American staple. But how exactly did chili come about? We are glad you asked.

A Meaty History

What do the ingredients of chili and its equally hearty history have in common? No one can seem to agree on what is the “correct” version of it. Some stories claim that the Aztecs created the dish. Others claim that a 17th century nun astral projected to West Texas and ate a meal of chili peppers, tomatoes, and onions. (We’d like to learn how to do that, please.) However, the most likely origin of chili can be traced back to the great Lone Star State.

Who Runs the World? Girls.

Though the exact origin of chili has been up for interpretation, historians credit Canary Island women who migrated to San Antonio, Texas, for its creation. The dish was later popularized in the 1860s by the Chili Queens of San Antonio who sold the dish to soldiers, travelers, and cattlemen. No wonder chili con carne is the official dish of Texas!

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No matter who the first person to create chili was, one thing is certain: Our RawSpiceBar Chili Starter Blend will elevate your favorite chili recipe with its tantalizing mix of chipotle, guajillo, aji, and pasilla chile powders; cumin, garlic, onion, and salt.

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