Fall is here, and temperatures are dipping.
And when the chill starts to move into the air, it's time to start thinking chili!
While there are many legends and myths about chili's origins, most believe it's an American-born dish that was either first made by cowboys out on the trail or invented by "chili queens" in San Antonio.
What's undisputed is that it's a wildly popular food that has more varieties than almost any other soup or stew.
In fact, there are so many twists and takes on chili, that there's a one to suit most any mood you find yourself facing.
Here are five mood-matching chili recipes:
Grumpy? Choose a chili with chocolate, which has been proven to induce feelings of euphoria. If you use dark chocolate, there are bonus points for antioxidants.
Recipe to try: Chiarello Chocolate Chili Con Carne
Sexy? Got that lovin' feeling and want your man to have it too? Then you may want to choose a firey version that contains chili peppers. Peppers contain the chemical capsaicin, which is thought to heat up libidos.
Recipe to try: Hot and Spicy Chili
Stressed? Incorporate avocado into your chili. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat and potassium -- both which are thought to help lower blood pressure. As well, their creamy, mild flavor are a perfect compliment to all the spices that come together in chili.
Recipe to try: Quick Vegetarian Chili with Avocado Salsa
Indulgent? Instead of just sprinkling a little cheese on top of your chili, why not cook some in there -- yes the kind the that starts with a "v" and comes in a box. Don't scoff, it's decadent and delicious. You can also serve it as a dip.
Recipe to try: Cheesy Chili
Healthy? Chicken chili can be a lighter option when you want to forgo some of the fat in traditional beef-based versions of chili.
Recipe to try: Ina Garten's Chicken Chili
What's your favorite chili recipe?
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