Family traditions are so fun…and so unique from family to family.
I had to laugh the other day. It’s been cold here in Iowa and rainy all week long. I decided to make chili. Nothing says cold fall day to me more than a bowl of chili.
I was on the phone with Kelli and we were talking. She said she was so proud of Georgia because she likes rice with her chili just like we eat it. She relayed the long discussion with her husband Jason who thinks it’s crazy to eat rice and chili together.
What can I say?? The rice with chili thing is something I started with our family. I know it’s not a traditional thing.
So what do we do…put rice in the bottom of a big bowl and pour chili over the top.
It’s something I started on a fluke. One day we had leftover rice in the refrigerator and leftover chili but not much of either one so I thought “what the heck?”…put the chili over the rice. That became our family tradition.
We do often put sour cream on top…or cheese or both depending on personal preference but rice and chili together for sure.
Chili is one of those foods that is very different in eat family…kind of like potato salad. With potato salad, some people rice the potatoes. Some have chunk potatoes. Some add mustard. Some add pickles. Some is super salty-some not. It is rare to find two potato salads the same….although Kelli is really close on making it just like I do.
I remember one time going to a friend’s house to visit. We ended up staying longer and they offered supper and it was chili….Kramer was so surprised the served chili and it was a soup with very few beans. With it they served “sandwiches”…they only had mayo and lettuce on them…no meat. Then they served Oreo cookies. There were saltines there too.
Kramer was confused. This was nothing like our chili.
After we got to talking…this was their family tradition with chili. The chili was more of a soup. They crunched up saltines in the soup. They ate “mayo lettuce sandwiches” when they had chili and always had Oreos with it too.
It was what she had grown up with.
I’ve seen chili at restaurants and it’s very unpredictable…some are spicey…some aren’t. Some are heavy with beans. Some are not. Some are thick. Some are runny. Seriously, few people make chili the same. Some people used kidney beans…some a mix of beans…some only pinto beans…some chili beans. Some serve it with cornbread (I like it like that too!)
I think it’s so interesting how family traditions carry over. I think it’s interesting to see how when families come together, how the traditions mesh.
We’re a thick non-soup chili family. No crackers…but with rice. Not too spicey. Spices are on the side for each family member to apply themselves. Sour cream and shredded cheese are always available as each person pleases too. I might be persuaded to make a grill cheese sandwich with it if I’m not feeling lazy or I need to stretch it to feed more.
When I was talking to Kelli I asked what Jason liked for chili. The first thing she said was NO RICE. Jason likes it like soup and eats it with buttered saltines.
So how does your family eat chili?? I just love reading the comments when I write a post like this so please share your family tradition.