Oh yes Chili. A warm, sometimes spicy, bowl of comforting goodness. I have been to a few chili cooking contests and have tried a large variety in restaurants as well. I don't recall a time that I have yet come across a chili that I hated. Sure, some stood out as better than others, but it is kind of a hard thing to mess up.


On February 23, we celebrate National Chili Day. National Today says this is "a moment to pay homage to the legendary dish that brings people together, and can tear them apart. Chili is the ultimate people-pleaser, but it’s also the ultimate cook-off dish. Family recipes are guarded like crown jewels, and secret ingredients are never spoken of above a whisper. And the debates about what makes true chili — beans or no beans? —are fierce!" - We get more on the beans or no beans debate a little later...

It turns out Idaho LOVES Chili, more so than most other states even. The most delivered food to homes in Idaho over the last few years go back and forth from Cheese Pizza to Chili. We also have a few massive annual Chili eating contest in Idaho. The biggest perhaps the Annual Chili Cook-Off in Idaho City. They are gearing up for the 37th Annual Chili Cook Off on March 4th.


So where is the best place in the state to find a delicious hot bowl of chili goodness? According to top ratings on Foursquare the winner is Goodwood Barbecue Company in Boise.

When I was talking to co-workers today about chili at least half said that they like chili but only if it has no beans. Well good news bean haters, according to Foursquare user Tim Burroughs, "Try the chili, it is surprising great with no beans and all meat."

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