I love chili, especially in the winter. Chili is comfort food without the guilt. Usually, when I think of comfort food, I think of heavy, most likely unhealthy food like pizza or cake. Chili is actually pretty good for you AND delicious. How do you make your chili? What makes up Michigan’s best chili? What are Michigan’s favorite chili ingredients?
The people at shaneco.com did a survey of America’s favorite chili ingredients and broke them out state by state. I was surprised at some of the results. I’m not trying to judge, but some people are very strange regarding their definition of chili… even right here in Michigan.
According to the survey results, America, as a whole, prefers a mixture of black, kidney, and pinto beans with ground beef as the main ingredients. There was also a big chunk of respondents that said “no meat” is how they preferred their chili. 22% of the world’s population is vegetarian, so that’s very understandable. Plus these days, plant-based products have made huge strides to be a tasty replacement for traditional meat. However, a chunk of folks also responded, “NO BEANS.” I’m drawing the line there. It’s not chili without beans. It’s just meat soup… which does not sound appealing to me. Here’s how Michigan’s stats broke out.
What Makes Up Michigan’s Best Chili?
Here in Michigan, we followed suit with the country overall. Three-bean chili and ground beef received the highest response. When asked if you prefer your chili sweet or spicy, Michigan said BOTH. Me too. Those weirdos in Minnesota said “sweet” 88% of the time. How can you not have a little kick in your chili? They’re missing out.
Michiganders also said stovetop was their preferred cooking method over the crockpot. I’ve made chili both ways, but I definitely prefer the results of the stovetop. Shredded cheese and sour cream were our two favored toppings.
If you’re not making your own chili, what’s your go-to place to get a bowl of chili? Email me and let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org