National Chili Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to the hot sauce. Today there are many variations of chili sauce, so everyone can find the best option for their tastes! The holiday is celebrated on February 23.
Many people believe that Chili sauce originated in Mexico, because here people loved spicy dishes and often used hot red pepper. However, an increasingly popular opinion is that the origin of the sauce is the state of Texas. The first mention of chili, preserved in written sources, refers precisely to the city of San Antonio, and dates back to 1828. Chili is said to be the product of a fusion of the traditions of several cuisines of the world: India, Mexico and Spain.
An even older legend has it that chili sauce was brought to Texas by immigrants from the Canary Islands. This event took place at the beginning of the 18th century. In this case, such a dish was called “Spanish stew,” and later the name “chili” appeared.
Since the end of the 19th century, the sauce began to spread actively throughout America, with the greatest demand for it in cities in the state of Texas. A significant boost to Chili’s popularity came in 1893, when it was presented at the World’s Fair in Chicago.
- The original recipe calls for the use of red hot peppers. Its pungent taste comes from a substance called capsaicin.
- Consumption of hot sauce improves appetite, blood circulation, helps maintain a healthy heart and blood vessels, and strengthens the immune system.
- Red hot pepper contains vitamins A, E, C, PP, B vitamins, as well as a large number of different micro-and macronutrients. The capsaicin it contains is considered a natural antibiotic.
How to celebrate
Visit a restaurant or cafe that offers Chili sauce. If you like cooking, you can make it yourself. Also serve Spanish or Mexican food. When cooking, do not forget to use red pepper. Add a searing spice to National Chili Day.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they like Chili sauce. How often do they use it?
When is National Chili Day celebrated in 2024?
National Chili Day is observed on the fourth Thursday in February each year.