Chili from 10 Foods (and Drinks) You Didn’t Know Were Invented in Texas (Slideshow)

10 Foods (and Drinks) You Didn’t Know Were Invented in Texas (Slideshow)

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Chili

Chili con carne (commonly called “chili”) may be a Spanish term, but there’s no evidence suggesting it was made in Mexico or any other country but the good old US of A. The first mentions of a chili-like meal have been traced back to 1850, when Texan adventurers saw the food used as a staple for traveling to and from the California gold fields, and around Texas. The first national use of the word “chili” occurred when the San Antonio Chili Stand set up a booth at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.