Definition of chili
1a : a hot pepper of any of a group of cultivars (Capsicum annuum annuum group longum) noted for their pungency —called also chili pepperb usually chilli plural chillies also chillis chiefly British : a pepper whether hot or sweet
2a : a thick sauce of meat and chilies liked to cover her spaghetti with red chilib : chili con carne; also : a similar dish made without beef vegetarian chili seafood chili
Recent Examples of chili from the Web
In addition to the libations that are available, food vendors will offer fare that includes pizza, pierogi, and chili, according to Smrecansky.
Generic chili powder is sometimes a blend of other things and very little ground peppers.
This burger is easy-peasy to make (just be sure to remove the red chili pepper seeds or your tongue may lose all feeling for the remainder of the meal).
Other competitions include a chihuahua beauty pageant with dogs from a local animal shelter, lucha libre wrestling complete with wrestling masks and a hot chili-pepper-eating contest.
The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/1) O2 Arena, London (2/2) 54,567 (56,989) 8 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS $3,111,853 May 14-18 Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio (1/1) KFC Yum!
There may be additional seasonings such as cumin and oregano, but never the fantastical condiments that turn up at chili contests.
Appetizers included scallops wrapped in bacon, spring rolls, Thai chili shrimp, beef tenderloin with caramelized onions and Maryland Chesapeake crab dip.
Press onions, tomatoes, chili peppers, and peanuts on top.
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Origin and Etymology of chili
Spanish chile, from Nahuatl chīlli
First Known Use: 1604
CHILI Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chili for English Language Learners
: a small pepper with a very hot flavor
: a spicy dish made of ground beef, hot peppers or chili powder, and usually beans
: a similar dish made without meat
CHILI Defined for Kids
Definition of chili for Students
1 : a small pepper with a very hot flavor
2 : a spicy stew of ground beef and chilies usually with beans
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