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
Bruschetta toppings are updated on a blackboard, and really, who’s going to argue that a chili crab cake hardly belongs on a Cal-Med menu?
Specialties: The Dandylion features vegetarian chili topped with tortilla chips, fresh diced tomatoes and scallions on top of a bed of greens and quinoa served with shaved cheddar and green goddess dressing.
In a large bowl, mix together the beef, chili powder, salt, black pepper and cilantro.
Back in Texas, Hicks stops for lunch at the Lazy Ladle, the kind of place that serves chili cheese fries and fried chicken buffets.
The wraps/greens portion of the menu has 10 items in all, the most expensive being the West Coast ($13.50): corn-starch fried shrimp, arugula, iceberg, green onion, cilantro, shaved carrot, sliced avocado and sweet Thai chili aioli.
The thin squares of firm tofu were browned and crisped before being braised in a spicy sauce with assertive chili flavor and lots of umami.
The vegetable is salted and then usually rubbed with chili powder, garlic, ginger and scallions.
Get the spicy crab stew and be prepared to go home very satisfied, but with chili and turmeric stains all over your shirt.
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Origin and Etymology of chili
Spanish chile, from Nahuatl chīlli
First Known Use: 1604See Words from the same year
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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