Denseman on the Rattis

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Nippy mince with kidney beans

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Originally uploaded by mybloodyself

In the UK and Denmark, chili con carne seems to be defined as containing beef mince, kidney beans and chili powder, and the resulting sauce is then served with rice.

However, if one reads the Wikipedia entry, the original dish seems to contain only chili peppers and chunks of beef or venison. Not necessarily beans, but if they’re used, then rather pinto than kidney. And in most of Texas, it isn’t served with rice at all, but rather with corn chips or tortillas or cornbread.

I find it interesting how the dish has changed so much that a Texan and a northern European wouldn’t recognise each other’s chilis.

It’s also good fun to look for photos of this dish on Flickr, given that the uploaded photos have been taken all over the world.

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