I didn’t realize food preferences were a crime, but I definitely feel prosecuted against after sharing the opinion on Twitter a couple of weeks ago that apples belong in chili. I had no idea they would come for me so strongly (that’s what she said), but I was metaphorically burned at the stake. At least, that’s what it feels like to me. It was just a harmless thought exercise. There’s a certain sect of people who like pineapple on their pizza and that seems so weird the first time you discover it. But, it works. It’s so delicious once you try it. I feel like apples in chili is similar and just wanted my friends to have an open mind towards it.
Instead, people asked what was wrong with me. I somehow united the internet on pineapple on pizza in a way I don’t think it’s ever been done. I cried reading those replies. I still have the scars and frankly, they may never go away. I feel like a freak….like Frankenstein’s monster. But, I’m here to tell you – call the ambulance but not for me ’cause apples in chili WORKS. The reason it works is the sweetness. We eat apples in baked beans. That’s a pretty normal thing – why are we so against the idea of them in chili? It’s fantastic. You get a little tart, a little sweet, and a little bit of crunchy texture in your chili to go with the rich spice and the hearty feel of the beans and meat. It’s a symphony of flavor. I’ll die on this hill, and I’ll always recommend it to anyone with an open mind and an open heart. You can listen to me defend this idea on the latest episode of the SoBros Power Hour, embedded below.
I’m a bit of a chili nut, and while the apple chili isn’t my favorite, it’s high on my list of official unofficial chili power rankings:
- “Trail Mix,” as my father called it.
- Putting one can of black beans, one can of pinto beans, two cans of diced tomatoes, one can of corn, a pound of ground turkey, a chili packet, and a can of chipotle sauce in a crockpot on low for six hours.
- Apple chili
Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network, and a Dogs Playing Poker on velvet connoisseur. He is a strong supporter of Team GSD, #BeBetter, and ‘Minds right, asses tight.’ “Big Natural” covers the Tennessee Titans, Nashville, Yankee Candle, and a whole wealth of nonsense. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley.
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