Is Chili Considered a Soup?
With the recent snowfall on the Sioux Empire, a lot of people have or probably will be making some homemade soup.
Nothing is truly more blissful than eating a homemade bowl of soup or chili while watching the snowfall outside.
But with 'soup season' in full swing, it has crossed my mind if 'chili' is even considered a soup? Thanks to a conversation with a coworker over the topic.
According to thrillist chili is considered a(drum roll please):
"Chili ....is not a soup. In a sense, the juices from the meat commingle with the veggies, tomatoes, and various spices to create something that might resemble a stock as the chili slowly cooks. Still, the absence of broth or stock does not mean something is not a soup. See: tomato soup."- thrillist.
Thrillist also states that chili is typically made without a broth or stock which is the deciding factor on whether it can be classified as a soup or not.
However, if you make a minestrone or in my case, as a vegetarian my chili and minestrone at times look very similar, you are more than likely adding vegetable stock as one of the first ingredients, therefore minestrone is a soup.
So to all the people who have been calling chili a soup over the years, myself included, we would be wrong; but hey at least we learned something today!