[Sca-cooks] History of the "stew" that is Chili

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Mon Mar 21 14:31:26 PDT 2011

On Mar 21, 2011, at 2:45 PM, lilinah at earthlink.net wrote:

> Anyone know the history of chili, the American dish of beans and/or meat, tomatoes, chili pepper, etc.? On another SCA list i am on, someone is claiming that it derives from Jewish adafina/dafina/tafina

Frank X. Tolbert's "A Bowl Of Red" is still generally regarded, after nearly 40 years (give or take) as the definitive work on American Chili. He seems to feel that while there are Meso-American traditions involved, the dish in its current form is the joint invention of chuck wagon and prison cooks.

One has to be really careful about confusing "has things in common with" and "derives from"... .


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