Chili is a popular ingredient used in almost all cuisines. Chilies from Mexico to India, Africa to China, and even the West Indies add spice and flavor to different dishes.
So why do we celebrate National Chili Day? Why is it one of the most popular days to eat it in the United States?
To mark the Day, we’ve put together some of the most effective tips to ensure you get off to a flier with your Chili growing.
What is National Chili Day?
National Chili Day is observed on February 23. It is a day to enjoy the fiery taste of fresh chilies, eat spicy food, and learn about this spice’s health benefits. Chili peppers are members of the Capsicum genus and are rich in vitamins A and C.
Reasons to Love Day of Chilies
It is a day to celebrate all things Chili. These are an essential part of many cuisines worldwide, so naturally, they deserve their Day.
Here are a few reasons why you should love this Day:
- Chili plants are perennial vegetables, meaning they come back yearly and give you lots of harvests.
- They contain capsaicin, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Capsaicin has also been linked with cancer prevention and even weight loss.
- From mild peppers such as bell peppers to spicy varieties including jalapenos, there’s a chili for everyone. You can even grow your chilies at home if you don’t have space for them in the garden.
- They can be used in sweet dishes as well as savory ones! Sweet Chili sauce is perfect on burgers or tacos, and even chocolate chip cookies have a kick when made with Chili powder.
- It’s also a day to eat some chocolate! Chocolate goes well with Chili and will help ease any burning sensation in your mouth caused by overeating spice!
- Your body needs Chilies! They contain vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), C, E, and K, and minerals like copper, zinc, iron, and potassium.
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5 Fun Ways to Celebrate the National Day of Chili
The best way to celebrate Chili Day is by making some spicy dishes and having a good time.
There are many ways to do this, so we have put together a list of the top 5 things you can do to celebrate.
1. Make Some Chili
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of National Chili Day is making your chili.
You could go out and buy some fresh ingredients, make some homemade chili, or make it using dried ingredients at home. Either way, it’s a fun activity that will bring people together.
2. Eat Some Chili
Another way to celebrate this day is by eating lots of chilies. This could be anything from nachos with cheese sauce, hot dogs with mustard and ketchup, or even pizza covered in jalapenos!
Your stomach might not thank you for this later in the Day, but it will leave you satisfied!
3. Have a Chili Cook Off
Why not host your chili cook-off if you want to get competitive about things?
Competing against your friends is a great way to see who has the tastiest recipe and makes the best toppings (if they count).
4. Make Some Chili Con Carne
Chili con Carne is the perfect dish to enjoy on Chili Day, and it’s quick and easy to make at home too.
All you need is a few essential ingredients, such as ground beef, kidney beans, and some tomatoes and spices for flavor.
Then all you have to do is cook everything together in a pan until it’s nice and tender – perfect!
5. Let’s Get Trending
Few things go better together than Chili and social media. Use the hashtag #NationalChiliDay to share your favorite recipes and pictures of your favorite Chili dishes on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Interesting Facts About Chilies
If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try these five facts about chili?
- The state dish of Mexican is Chili con carne, which is often served with cornbread or tortillas.
- The hottest Chili can burn holes in your stomach and intestines because they’re so spicy they burn your insides out.
- There are over 50,000 varieties of Chili peppers used worldwide. The most common varieties include bell peppers, Banana Peppers, Anaheim Peppers, and Poblano.
- Chili has a long history, but it wasn’t until the mid-1800s that it became popular in America.
- It can be used to season meat dishes such as hamburgers or meatloaf or mixed into ground beef before cooking to create an extra spicy meatloaf dish known as Sloppy Joe’s.
- Chili peppers vary in pungency (spicy heat) from mild to extremely hot. The Scoville scale measures pungency or spiciness when eating spicy foods.
National Chili Day is a holiday that celebrates the fiery, flavorful, and healthy ingredient that is the chili pepper.
This holiday is a perfect time to experiment with different chilies, from mild bell peppers to spicy jalapenos, and discover a new world of taste and nutrition.
Not only are chilies a delicious addition to any cuisine, but they also contain anti-inflammatory properties and essential vitamins and minerals.
So, it is a great event to indulge in this beloved ingredient, whether you’re a chili connoisseur or just looking to spice up your meals.