|Which one is better?? On the subject of food, they both get a FAIL from me this morning.|
Photos screengrabbed from Wikipedia here and here.
|Chron's question seemed innocuous enough: |
Do beans belong in chili?
|Davis said, "No beans."|
|Abbott said "No. As they say, real Texas chili doesn't need a filler."|
Screengrabs from Chron.com
|Let me get this straight:|
31% of Texans are now obese - not just overweight, but obese - and both of you are suggesting that Texans not put beans in their chili?! Holy crap!!
Screengrab from this CDC website.
I then would have expounded by letting people know that there are ways to prepare a walloping good chili with beans, and that those ways are both better for their health and consistent with a lower-calorie eating plan that will help maintain a lower weight.
|I didn't buy all this stuff on New Year's Day for nothing. While I can make a good chili from scratch, my family really enjoys this Cookwell and Company product, and so I usually default to using it as the base.|
|Typical chili beef contains two and a half times the calories of red beans, but the beans are still relatively high in protein. Furthermore, the consumption of beans can help control blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and reduce cancer risk. |
So when I make chili, I add both - the beef for the taste and protein, and the beans for their health benefits and net calorie-lowering potential.
Comparison composed of Google screengrabs.
Abbott is questionable with his reference to beans as "filler".
|That's a hell of a lot of "filler" in my pantry stockpile, eh?|
|This guy ain't sellin' filler, and I ain't whistlin' Dixie. When I think of the Hispanic families I have come to know over the past several decades, one of the aspects I remember most vividly is that enormous pot of traditional home-made beans on the stove, simmering aaaaall day long as giant extended families gathered to be with each other. And those beans were always out of this world!|
Screengrabbed from Wikipedia.
|Guilty as charged: If you look carefully, you can see some beans visible through the glass Pyrex dishes in this, my most recent batch.|
|However, I'd put my chili up against any other in a taste test. Remember all those organic Anaheims I harvested from our suburban back-yard garden a few months ago? I slow-roasted them on the BBQ, and then I put them in that batch of chili, which my husband declared to be "Our best yet."|