I don’t remember agreeing to any rules, so I think I’ll continue to call it chili.
Unless you’re in New Mexico, where it is called CHILE — by state law, I think it is.
Or Southern Illinois, where it is known as CHILLI. (But wait: CHILLIcothe is in CHILLInois, but the bigger one is in five-way-ful Ohio!)
Of course, if you really want to be original, make up a batch, serve it cold, and call it CHILLY. Brrr!
I’d make mine with garbanzo beans if I felt like it, or maybe even green beans (YES!), and I’d have the audacity to call it CHILLEY. Hey, somebody’s gotta do it, and it might as well be me….
Quite Temperately, Ort. Carlton in Warming Up Athens, Georgia.