It seems awfully fitting that National Chili Day would fall on a day where temperatures could reach -10 to -20 degrees.
The National Chili Day website says U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson was a big chili lover, and in 1977, chili manufacturers in Johnson's home state of Texas successfully lobbied the state lawmakers to have it proclaimed as the official "state food," claiming that “the only real 'bowl of red' is that prepared by Texans.”
Johnson himself was reported to have said, "Chili concocted outside of Texas is usually a weak, apologetic imitation of the real thing,” and that, “One of the first things I do when I get home to Texas is to have a bowl of red. There is simply nothing better.”
It's not that we're knocking Texas... but we happen to believe that a Hoosier can make a pretty mean bowl of chili, too. Tell us, what's your favorite chili recipe? Or if you don't make it yourself, where's the best place in town to get a "bowl of red?"