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Happy National Chili Day! 

In the 1880s, a market in San Antonio, Texas set up chili stands at which “bowls o'red,” a slice of bread, and a glass of water could be bought for ten cents. The stand soon became a tourist attraction and was popularized at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893. In the 1920s, chili parlors spread outside of Texas and became a staple meal during the Great Depression since chili ingredients were inexpensive and crackers were free.

President Lyndon B. Johnson loved chili and his favorite recipe was Pedernales River Chili (seen here), named after the location of his Texas Hill Country ranch. The recipe excluded beef suet and added tomatoes and onions. The healthier take on the dish was recommended by Johnson’s doctors after he suffered a heart attack while Senate Majority Leader. The First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, had these recipe cards printed and mailed out to whomever requested it from the White House.

Try Pendernales River Chili and other presidential recipes from our Eating with Uncle Same: Recipes and Historical Bites from the National Archives cookbook, available now from the myArchives Store.

Images courtesy of @lbjlibrary:

February 25th I can’t wait!

Welp just out of curiosity I looked up to see if there was a National Chili Day. There is and it’s the Fourth Thursday in February every year! So that means February 25th is National Chili Day! I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Yes @starmuse15 I really do love my chili and I will make a whole slew of stories based around Markiplier interrupting me making chili! XD