National Chili Day – Feb 28th

February is one of winter’s coldest months so what better way to enjoy it than with warm maybe even spicy chili? Each year for our family reunion we have a chili cook off at my cousin’s house. I’m pretty sure it’s rigged because he always seems to win, but the food is delicious. My family bonds best over a chili buffet and a couple of bonfires.

According to the NationalChiliDay.com website, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson was a big chili lover. They state that President Johnson’s favorite recipe became known as Pedernales River chili which was named after the location of his Texas ranch. The First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, received thousands of requests for the recipe.  She decided to print the recipe on cards and mailed them out to everyone who requested it. 

You may think chili isn’t for you, but that’s not always the case. Even if you are a vegetarian or you don’t like beans, or you’re not a fan of beef, there is a chili out there for you. If you’ve recently purchased or been gifted a pressure cooker, put it to use and get that all day cooked chili flavor within 45 minutes. The possibilities are endless! If you are like me you want chili with just as much cheese as chili and then some rice mixed in. You can also make chili cheese fries, nachos, chilidogs, etc.!

If you do decide to give President Johnson’s favorite chili a try, here is a link to Mrs. Johnson’s recipe and the page also includes several more of her delicious recipes. Happy National Chili Day!

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