Othering Bullshit of the Day: Texas Chili

Quote from an actual cookbook I am reading:

In Texas, chili is practically a religion—and by chili Texans mean cubed beef chuck simmered for hours with tomatoes and chili powder and then thickened with masa harina (corn flour). Don’t even think about adding beans.

[...] Chili powder is to Texas what peanut butter is to jelly: you can’t think of one without the other.

Um, how 'bout NO? I've lived in Texas for most of my life, and not only do I not worship chili as a religion, I also like it with beans (and ground beef!) just fine. Like, I'm sure your recipe is tasty and all, but this is othering monolithing bullshit that I'd like to unsubscribe to, thanks.

Also, if you can't think of Texas without thinking of chili, that's a problem YOU have with stereotyping, not an actual reflection of reality. Because many Texans, self included, go for months at a time without eating chili. It's not our lifeblood.

I share this mostly because I know for a fact that cookbooks pull this stuff all the time with other "exotic" locations, and that stuff needs to be called out because it's harmful in any case, but especially so when applied to places the (targeted) white American audience isn't expected to be familiar with. That needs to stop.


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