Chili Con Carne

Chili con carne, meaning "chili with meat" in Spanish, has Texan roots. It's believed that Canary Islanders who migrated to San Antonio in the 1700s brought a spicy stew called "carne con chile." Over time, this dish integrated local ingredients like chili peppers and became what we now know as chili con carne. It gained popularity in the late 19th century as a cheap and hearty meal, often enjoyed by cowboys and laborers. The first recorded recipe for chili con carne appeared in a Texas cookbook in 1886. Since then, it has become a staple in American cuisine with countless regional variations.