National Chili Month

National Chili month was established in October to keep us warm, as the weather begins to drastically get cooler. With the smell of spices, meat, and peppers simmering on our kitchen stoves, this dish can be made in so many ways, with so many different ingredients. Packed with protein, fiber, iron, and so much more, contributing to a healthy diet.

The first official bowl of chili can be found in the great, wild American West around the 1700s using local peppers and wild onions. The dish grew in popularity in  San Antonio, Texas with the Cowboys & Pioneers. Soon after, it was established as the “Poor Mans Meal” with the few ingredients it needed. Eventually, Chili could be found having its own stand at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago for all to try. With its popularity growing across the United States, Texas named it their official state dish in 1977. Chili Parlors became a popular gathering place during the Great Depression and became the only destination for the many who needed meals. 

With new Chili recipes popping up, Chili Cook off competitions also started to draw hungry crowds. If you are craving some chili, check out these spots in Richmond with some delicious chili dishes.


  •       821 Café – Cary St – Vegan Chili


  •       City Dogs – Cary St. – Famous #13 Chili on top of their Hot Dogs & Chili Cheese Fries


  •       Station 2 – E Main St – Chili Cheeseburger with their House Made Chili


  •       Proper Pie Co. – E Broad St. – Seasonable Chili Inspired Pies


  •       Plant Zero Café – E 3rd St – Noah’s Homemade Chili


  •       Jason’s Deli – Forest Hill Ave – Southwest Chili & More


  •       Tazza Kitchen – Scotts Addition & other Locations – Seasonal Chili


  •       City Diner – W Broad St – Home Made Chile topped with Cheese & Onions


  •       Best Café – N Boulevard – Delicious Beef Chili that you can put on top of a Hot Dog


  •       Cary Street Café – W Cary St – Geronimo Burger with Chili, Cheese, and Jalapenos


  •       Carytown Burgers & Fries – W Cary St – Chili Cheese Fries or try the Chili Cheeseburger


  •       Legend Brewing Company – W 7th St. – IPA Beef Chili Starter



Rick Cox – White Chili


Eleni Filippone– Classic Chili


Tunde Lewis – Turkey Pumpkin White Bean Chili


Melanie Sutherland – Southwest Chicken Chili


Christina Dunski – Hatch Pepper Chili


Brett Lynes – Chili Mac & Cheese


Harrison Goehring – Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili

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