Originally Posted by jennyema
Since when is Boston in the midwest?
And what is Boston-style chili?
I call it midwestern chili, i.e. Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc. The version I grew up with is more soupy, with ground beef, canned tomato, kidney beans, onion, chili powder, , Hungarian Paprika, maybe some sweet corn, and definitely has celery. It is served spicy to taste, depending on the cook, and often is eaten with Saltine style crackers, or oyster crackers crushed into it. It is sometimes served over rice. V8 brand Tomato Cocktail juice makes a good starter broth for this kind of chili as the celery flavor is already established.
I called it Boston Style chili after hearing someone on F/N call this version by that name. Whatever you call it, it is hearty, and warms you from the top of your head to the tips of your toes on a cold November day.
Growing up where the snow banks were often taller than I was, it was a definite treat whenever my Mom or Dad made it, which wasn't often enough.
I can't say that I prefer it over a good southwestern style bowl of red, but I like it just as much.
Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North