Friday, February 25th may have been National Chili Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate National Chili Day all yearlong! Chili is delicious, convenient and can be incorporated into many different meals. My personal favorite is cream cheese and chili dip. It’s so good, and is the perfect party appetizer or afternoon snack. If you love chili as much as the rest of us or searching for a fabulous new way to incorporate it into your day, you’re in luck! Food specialist Angela Sellers recently joined me for an interview to dish on her favorite chili recipes, tips on how to incorporate chili into your diet and more.
Angela Sellers: “We’re here celebrating chili. We want people to start thinking outside of the box. Traditionally, yes we’ve had it at parties like this chili cheese dip which is a wonderful two ingredient recipe (please see video above for details).
We want people to think about chili, and maybe having it with grains and fresh vegetables or an egg roll stuffed with chili and cheese (wrapped in an egg roll wrapper and fried). We also brought a cornbread waffle that we’ve topped with chili, some cheese, lettuce and tomato for a nice hearty dinner or breakfast, if you’re super hungry when you wake up in the morning.”
Candace Rose: How is chili enjoyed in various parts of the country?
Angela Sellers: “Candace, people are extremely passionate about their chili. We find that across the country people are having it in different ways. For instance, in Alabama they love their chili over cornbread. In Texas they love it over corn chips, on the West Coast we know you guys love your avocados!”
Candace Rose: What are some of your favorite chili recipes?
Angela Sellers: “I love a classic bowl of chili, a little bit spicy and I always have it with a grilled cheese sandwich. Hormel has 17 different varieties of chili so there’s definitely a chili for you if you are gluten free, or if you don’t want any meat and wanted a vegetarian option. We have chicken chili, we have turkey chili. We have lots of different chili options for everyone.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any suggestions on how we can incorporate chili into our daily diets?
Angela Sellers: “Yes, if you start thinking about your proteins that you normally have – maybe you’re tired of eating the same things, try a can of chili in your recipe. For instance, maybe you’ve done penne pasta a thousand times with tomato sauce, it’s okay to try it with chili.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Angela Sellers: “Yes, if you’re looking for recipes I would go to WeAreChiliNation.com. We have a host of recipes including some of these. I say always experiment and be creative…and don’t be afraid to try new things.”
Sponsored by Hormel Chili. Candace Rose Anderson was not compensated by any sponsors for this interview.