Foodblogging: These crazy Yankees think chili has beans. Dean Esmay defends the true essence of chili, which is all beef, all the time. Mmm, must try this recipe.
I admit to using Wick Fowler's chili kits, which appeal to my childish mad scientist tendencies with their many packets of spices. They do, however, use the non-essential tomato in the form of a small can of sauce. But no chili of mine has ever been contaminated with that poor man's excuse for a meat extension, the bean!