Super Bowl snackage: the people's chili and bipartisan beer
February 6th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
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The President and Mrs. Obama are setting out quite a spread for guests at the White House Super Bowl party, making sure both sides of the gridiron are represented. Brewskis include Hinterland Pale Ale & Amber Ale from Wisconsin, Yuengling Lager and Light from Pennsylvania and White House Honey Ale.

Our pals at Political Ticker have the rest of the menu, but before you click over, take a gander at the formula for the most crowd-pleasing chili there is. (Spoiler alert - despite the picture above, it *probably* doesn't include lima beans. Or salad.)

Recently, we took a poll asking readers preferences on heat levels, the necessity of beans and meat and the inclusion of extraneous veggies. And over six thousand of y'all said:

How hot should chili be?

Spice-free 0.58%
Mild 6.35%
Have a paramedic on hand 9.36%
A tiny bit tingly 30.33%
You should sweat a little 53.37%


Not a chance 20.59%
It's not chili without 'em 79.41%

How about meat?

Veggie, baby! 5.59%
Some meat other than beef 11.98%
Gotta be beef 82.43%

Aaaand vegetables, other than peppers, tomatillos or tomatoes?

It's not chili without half a produce aisle in it 12.67%
Yeah, maybe some corn or potatoes 15.14%
Aaaagh! That's not chili! 72.19%

Make totally killer chili with tips from author Stephanie Anderson Witmer, sample Jim Backus' chili recipe or throw caution (and taste) to the wind and whip up a batch of Lima Bean Chili Con Carne Casserole from "The Casserole Cookbook" - 1956.

lima bean chili recipe

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  1. Mildred

    Oh wow... the MSG comes out- the chemical result of the search for umami (the fifth basic taste).

    February 7, 2011 at 9:06 am |
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