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Should Chili Have Beans?

September 12, 2022byPepper Hastings

Should chili contain beans?

Not according to our two-time Houston chili cookoff champ, Richard Lewis, who repeated as winner again this year.

“Chili does not have beans in it,” says Lewis. “If it has beans, it is a bean soup, not chili.” Fair enough.

Lewis retained his peer-voted championship with a concoction that started with pecan-smoked, pulled and shredded chicken. Spices included were New Mexico Chili Powder, Ancho Chili Powder, Guajillo Chili Powder, Habanero Chili Powder, Cumin, Salt, Oregano, Parsley, Garlic Powder, and other additives. Lewis is an engineer at our Houston branch.