Chili...whether you like it hot or mild, with beans or without, heavy on the grease or light on things like ground turkey and tofu, chili is everyone’s favorite cold-weather dish.
That goes double for me. See, I worked at the Chili Showdown, traveling the chili cook-off circuit. Part of the time, I’m behind the counter at Texas Jack Pierce’s Hot-Cha Chili Seasoning Palace, working with my annoying half-sister, Sylvia. The rest of the time, I’m up front doing what I love to do best, dressed as the Chili Chick in a giant red chili pepper costume complete with fishnet stockings and stilettoes.
I love chili, and since I work with peppers and seasonings every day, I know plenty about it. How about you? Take the quiz and find out! Answers are the end, but no cheating! See if you’re a Chili Chick!
1. Which city has three times as many chili parlors as McDonald’s restaurants?
2. Which famous outlaw refused to rob a bank in McKinney, Texas, because his favorite chili parlor was there?
A. Jesse James
B. Al Capone
C. Billy the Kid
3. Where was the first chili cook-off held?
A. Houston, Texas
B. Phoenix, Arizona
C. Terlingua, Texas
4. What unit measures the heat of a chili pepper?
A. Scoville Unit
B. Thermal Unit
C. Capsaicin Unit
5. What’s the best way to cool off your mouth after you heat a too-spicy chili pepper?
A. A big glass of cold water
B. Eating a slice of bread
C. Drinking milk
1. B. Cincinnati. Skyline Chili is famous there, and it’s served over spaghetti.
2. A. Jesse James, who once said, “any place that has a chili joint like this ought to be treated better.”
3. C. Terlingua, Texas in 1967. Every year on the first of November, the Chili Appreciation Society International holds a cook-off there.
4. A. Scoville Heat Units measure the heat of chili peppers. To give you an idea, the Bhut jolokia (ghost pepper) contains 1 million SHU. A bell pepper has 0.
5. C. Mouth on fire? Drink a glass of milk. Dairy products help cool down the capsaicin, the ingredient that makes peppers hot.