chili con carne


chili con car·​ne ˌchi-lē-ˌkän-ˈkär-nē How to pronounce chili con carne (audio)
: a spiced stew of usually ground beef and minced chiles or chili powder often with beans

Examples of chili con carne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Host Max Miller speaks to his nearly 1.75 million subscribers about the Chili Queens of San Antonio, a collection of 19th- and 20th-century women who dished out chili con carne in San Antonio's many plazas. Shepard Price, San Antonio Express-News, 17 May 2023 Texas has a number of competing chili origin stories, including Mexican-American War soldiers who adapted the field dish known as chili con carne and the San Antonio Chili Queens, who sold chili from outdoor stalls in the late 1800s, long before food trucks hit the scene. Casey Barber, CNN, 23 Jan. 2022 Dishes like the pimento cheese and hot pickled okra are shareable munchies, while dinner for one may be the Caliente dog made with RC Ranch Wagyu, jalapeño cheese and habanero honey mustard, or a chili pie fashioned with either wild boar chili con carne or vegetarian chili. Megha McSwain, Chron, 27 Oct. 2022 Just right for burgers or chili con carne. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Each $30 box comes with three sauces: salsa verde, chili con carne and queso. Dallas News, 9 Dec. 2022 These menu items include the chili con carne, the enchiladas de Tejas and the generous Mexico City dinner plate, which includes a beef taco, a cheese enchilada, a bean tostada, a chili tamale, guacamole, chili con queso, rice and beans. Emma Balter, Chron, 23 June 2022 Add it to chili con carne, braise it in beer, or mix it into a ragù for a twist on spaghetti bolognese. Bon Appétit, 8 Apr. 2022 The medium-spicy chili con carne is packed full of flavor! cleveland, 24 Feb. 2022

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Word History


American Spanish chile con carne chili with meat

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chili con carne was in 1857

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“Chili con carne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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chili con carne

chili con car·​ne ˌchil-ē-ˌkän-ˈkär-nē How to pronounce chili con carne (audio)
: a spicy stew made of ground beef, hot peppers or chili powder, and usually beans

from American Spanish chile con carne, literally, "hot pepper with meat"

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