Top 10 Chili-Loving Cities; You May Be Surprised

Here’s a terrific chili recipe for vegetarians or people who are simply cutting back on their meat consumption. It’s brimming with all kinds of good things like plum tomatoes, eggplant, edamame, garlic, onions, garbanzo and cannellini beans. Even meat lovers will enjoy it! Veggie Chili. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Top 10 Chili-Loving Cities; You May Be Surprised

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Top 10 Chili-Loving Cities; You May Be Surprised


We love a lot of things in the Ozarks, and chili is definitely right up there. Being in the middle of America means we get to enjoy the variety of four seasons. When it’s cool outside, we like to warm it up with chili. We’re even known to eat it during the warmer months.

The “Natti” is renowned for its chili. There are more than 180 chili parlors located in the area. Here’s a classic recipe for Cincinnati-style chili that everyone will enjoy, wherever they’re from

Cincinnati-Style Chili. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch. Recipe here.

In honor of National Chili Day, restaurant chain Wienerschnitzel, conducted a study to rank the nation’s top chili-loving cities. Springfield, Mo. ranked eighth, joining cities like Dallas, Phoenix and San Antonio, which is credited with first popularizing chili in the 1890s.

Springfield followed Los Angeles; Dallas; Phoenix; Houston; San Francisco/Oakland; Chicago; and Baton Rouge, La. Cincinnati and San Antonio round out the top 10.

Delicious slow-simmered chili, ladled over your favorite pasta, with an assortment of toppings, including shredded cheddar cheese, fresh chopped tomatoes, diced red onions, sour cream, ripe diced avocados and tortilla chips.

Chili 7 Ways. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch. Recipe here.

Criteria for judging the top cities included per-capita chili consumption, chili cookoffs, number of chili-restaurants and love for the famous dish. Wienerschnitzel combined its own and third-party chili consumption data with local restaurant and chili cookoff trend information, along with other quantitative and qualitative research.

“Despite its reputation for Cashew Chicken and other Midwest comfort food, Springfield is among the most sophisticated chili markets in the country and home to an increasing number of chili lovers,” said Doug Koegeboehn, chief marketing officer for Wienerschnitzel Koegeboehn. “Like Wienerschnitzel, Springfieldians take their chili very seriously.”

Here’s a crowd-pleasing, white-meat alternative to chili made with beef. This White Chicken Chili is ideal for basketball or football watch parties, tailgating, and casual gatherings!

Chicken and White Bean Chili. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch. Recipe here.

Irvine, Calif.-based Wienerschnitzel, is known for its namesake Chili Dog, made from a secret recipe, in more than 300 restaurants in eleven states nationwide. To learn more about the restaurant chain, visit



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