|Chili Fun Facts
"Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili." - Alleged dying words of Kit Carson (1809-1868) Frontiersman and Mountain Man
Chile is a health food!
- A teaspoon of red chile powder meets the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin A. Vitamin A plays an important role in vision and bone growth
- A green chile pod has as much Vitamin C as 6 oranges
- Chile peppers may help prevent the growth of certain cancers
- Chile peppers are good sources of Iron, Potassium and Dietary Fiber
- Aids in many skin conditions including psoriasis, itching and bruising
- Some cultures put chile powder in their shoes to keep their feet warm
Chile Pepper Varieties
The most common species of chile peppers are:
Includes common varieties such as bell peppers, paprika, jalapeños, and the chiltepin
Includes cayenne and tabasco peppers
Includes the hottest peppers such as habaneros and Scotch bonnets
Includes the South American rocoto peppers
Includes the South American aji peppers
A Chili History
1880s : San Antonio, Texas
Latino women nicknamed "Chili Queens" sold stew they called "chili" made with dried red chiles and beef from open-air stalls at the Military Plaza Mercado. They made their chili at home, loaded it onto colorful chili wagons, and transported the wagons and chili to the plaza. They build mesquite fires on the square to keep the chili warm and dished out chili to customers who sat on wooden stools to eat their fiery stew.
In those days, the world "chili" referred strictly to the pepper. They served a variation of simple, chile-spiked dishes (tamales, tortillas, chili con carne, and enchiladas). A night was not considered complete without a visit to one of these "chili queens."
In 1937 they were put out of business due to their inability to conform to sanitary standards enforced in the town's restaurants (public officials objected to flies and poorly washed dishes). Unable to provide lavatorial facilities, they disappeared overnight.
During the 1980s, San Antonio began staging what they call "historic re-enactments" of the chili queens. As an tribute to chili, the state dish, the city of San Antonio holds an annual "Return of the Chili Queens Festival" in Market Square during the Memorial Day celebrations in May, sponsored by the El Mercado Merchants.
How many kinds & varieties;
About 400 different kinds
History vs. Folklore Trivia
The History of the ICS
What impact on arts, culture, social, etc.?
Chili Pepper Eating Contests
5 minutes to eat as many jalapeño peppers as they can
Tailgate Chili Recipe