We are pretty passionate about our Chili around here, and this my friends is my contribution to the Chili world; enter my “Chili Lovers Chili”! It will warm your bones on a cold day, it’s rich, meaty, a little bit spicy, and oh so delicious!
Chili is an American culinary original and it’s recipes are hotly debated. Since 1904, St Louis chili has been defined by the recipe created by O.T. Hodge, who established his successful line of chili parlors after serving his famous chili at the St Louis World’s Fair. Unfortunately, there are no more Chili Parlors, but there are still a few old time diners where you can still get a good bowl of Chili.
We’re lucky enough to have Steak ‘n’ Shake restaurants scattered all around town and they have good Chili. By the way, if your familiar with Shake Shack, the creator is from St. Louis and has said his burgers are inspired by his home town Steak n Shake.
Well I used to work around the corner from O.T. Hodge in downtown St. Louis, and you were lucky if you could get the door during lunch hour. But when you did, it was an awesome experience. There were orders being yelled, packs of crackers being thrown. They seemed to get extra excited when someone ordered a Slinger, which involved fried eggs over chili and fried potatoes.. which doesn’t sound appetizing: until you try it. Slingers are also known for being a hangover remedy at closing time. Which, by the way you can still order something similar at Waffle House, it’s Hash Browns “Topped, Covered and Smothered with a sunny side up egg on top”.
Now, if you made a huge post of this chili, and enjoyed a few bowls, you probably have this question: “What do i do with the rest of this, besides freeze it to enjoy again later?”
Simple…you make yourself some Chili Lovers Frito Pie!
Needless to say, St. Louis has been passionate about it’s chili for some time, and I am proud to add my “Chili Lovers Chili” to it’s history.
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