Chili is classified as a stew due to its meat content and its thickness. However, this classification is debated in some cultures.
It is believed that chili originated in the New World with Spanish influence. This hearty stew is commonly referred to as chili con carne.
Chili is made with meat, tomatoes, onions, garlic and chili peppers. The stew can also be made with or without beans.
Chili became a popular dish in the southwestern part of the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Chili con carne is the national dish for the state of Texas, where it is a favored dish.