What makes chili chili?

Chili. It is the single culinary word that elicits the strongest reaction. Can beans be in chili? What about corn? Does it have to be spicy? Can it be vegetarian? To be honest I believe chili is whatever you want it to be. It is a stew. Pure and simple.

My chili is a bit different. Yes it is kid friendly. No heat at all. It includes corn and beans. It is sweet. It uses ground meat. If you talk to a chili purist I am sure at least two of those items will get you on some super secret “not chili” list but it my recipe has always worked for me.

I serve the chili with hot pepper flakes for the adventurous but the majority of people just sprinkle a little shredded cheddar and perhaps some green onion on it and chow down.