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 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 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.
Add tomato puree, yogurt, red chili flakes, salt, cilantro and mint leaves.
Stumptown coffee concentrate is blended with the boozy ingredients, and rounded out with some cacao and Ancho chili liqueur.
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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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