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November 2016

Hearty stews of beans, grains, vegetables, and seasonings are enjoyed the world over for lots of good reasons. They nourish deeply, satisfy, comfort, and are fairly easy to make. Chili is a good example and an American favorite.

There are as many stories about chili's origin as there are recipes and ingredients. Spicy stews were common in Mexico, but the Tex-Mex classic we know as chili is said to have originated in San Antonio, Texas during the 1880s. In its open-air plazas the ‘chili queens’ sold their delightful, fiery ‘bowls o'red’ from brightly painted wagons. Chili was simmered in cook pots over wood fires and served to crowds of people while musicians of the plaza filled the air with rhythmic music. Open-air stalls matured to sit down chili parlors. It is reported that the chili parlors made the difference between starvation and survival during the Great Depression, because chili was reasonably inexpensive and the crackers were free.

In 1977 the Texas legislature declared Chili to be the Official Food of the State of Texas. Chili preparation is taken quite seriously there, and it always contains meat cooked with peppers, onions, cumin, and chili spices. Little else is added. They have a saying in Texas, “If you know beans about chili, it's that there's no beans in chili.” This chili is called ‘chili con carne’ and means ‘chili with meat.’ Beans in chili are forbidden in Texas chili competitions, and so it is written in the chili competition rulebooks.

Preferences have changed over time and now chili recipes include ingredients that address more needs and allow more creativity. The famous Texas automotive designer, Carroll Shelby said of chili - “The beauty of chili is that it's really a state of mind. It's what you want when you make it. You can put anything in there you want, make it hot or mild, and blend the spices for what you feel like at the time. You make it up to suit your mood.”

Evolved chilies of beans, tomatoes, onions, sweet bell and chili peppers, sweet corn, grain, pasta, spices, and herbs are common. Healthy pursuit of alternatives to factory farmed meat has increased popularity of ‘chili sin carne’ or chili without meat. EDEN Chili adds whole grain in its chili sin carne.

Whole Grain & Bean Complete Protein

Four kinds of EDEN Chili come in 14.5 and 29 ounce, BPA free lined cans • Pinto Bean & Spelt • gluten free Black Bean & Quinoa • Great Northern Bean & Barley • and Kidney Bean & Kamut. They are the only whole grain and bean chilies we are aware of. Beans complement whole grain and then deliver complete protein, slow burning complex carbohydrates, beneficial fiber, and a host of vitamins and minerals.

EDEN Chili with whole grain, beans, and shiitake and maitake mushrooms has chewy texture and provides sought after, long lasting satisfaction. Spectacular ingredients create exceptional chili of choreographed flavors. Everything but the mushrooms (grown chemically free in Japan) is 100% organic. Beans, barley, kamut and spelt are U.S.A. grown. Quinoa is small plot, high altitude from the Andes mountains. They are cooked in a rich, savory sauce of organic tomato puree, a bit of EDEN sea salt, and a blend of all organic chili spices at Eden's certified organic cannery.

Most chili brands contain very poor quality meat. Vegetarian brands are often made with textured vegetable protein (TVP) that is from chemically refined genetically engineered soybeans. EDEN Chilies are cleanly unique. They are American family farm organic beans and whole grains, TVP free. They offer superb flavor and nourishment with 50% less sodium than other brands. Their exceptionally delicious ingredients make a lot of salt unnecessary.

“Best Meal Maker” Award Winner

EDEN Chilies were selected Grocery Headquarters' 2010 Selling Wellness Trailblazer Award winner in the “Meal Maker’ category. They were deemed a ‘Best Food For Women’ by Women's Health in 2012, and both ‘Best Food For Men’ and one of ‘125 Best Foods For Men’ by Men's Health in 2012 and 2013.

Your pantry deserves award-winning ‘Best Meal Makers’ EDEN Chilies. They make it easy to have tasty, nutritious meals in minutes. Heat & Serve or add your favorite fresh ingredients. They are versatile as a main or side dish, as topping, and for preparing traditional Mexican dishes. With autumn upon us a hot bowl of EDEN Chili will warm and sustain us.