In Florida: it wasn't really that available as far as I can recall, I can't remember eating it before coming to Georgia. Sometime after we had moved, my mother was thrilled at being able to find it at Wal-Mart, and always bought that when she could afford it. I think my father used to pack away plenty whenever he found himself back in Texas, or have relatives ship some once in a while, but that was all before my time.
In the end, I suppose I ended up a mixture of my parents, but I understand my father's taste for the stuff. Typically, I aim for three kinds of chili.
- Cheap out of can that's useful for cooking, the kind where it's just going in a quick pan full of chili mac or something like that.
- Something to have for a snack once in a blue moon.
- Make fresh chili and try to have plenty of leftovers, instead of a massive gorge.
There's nothing quite like a good freshly made chili. But if you can't spend the day making yummy things, a can of Wolf Brand Chili does the trick. Actually, there's probably two things that come out of a can that I actually have a high opinion of: Wolf chili, and that Ro-Tel stuff with the diced tomatoes and green chilis.
The cheap stuff is what I'll usually keep stocked, since it's useful for mixing into other stuff. Given the price tag attached to the good stuff, I rarely keep Wolf around the pantry, but you can bet sales are noted. And then there's the holy grail: making my own.
I kind of debate whether making my own chili is cost effective. On one hand, batch quantity is quite large. On the other however is the fact that I'll basically eat home made chili until I pass out, lol.
^ Some people wage holy war over the issue of beans and chili. My vote is eat whatever you want 😜.