Monday, October 5, 2009

Favorite Chili Toppings

In the spirit of National Chili Month, I took an informal poll of friends and family to find out people's favorite chili toppings. The results are below, and include some usual -- and some rather unusual -- chili toppings, all of which have one thing in common: They help to temper the fiery burn of spicy chili without overwhelming the flavors of the chili.

In no particular order, here's the list of favorite toppings for hot & spicy chili:

*Shredded cheese, usually cheddar or Monterey Jack
*sour cream (or plain yogurt, for less fat)
*shredded lettuce
*chopped fresh tomatoes
*chopped cilantro
*crushed tortilla chips
*crushed crackers
*shredded carrot
*chopped sweet onion
*sliced green onions including some of the green tops
*alfalfa sprouts and/or mung bean sprouts (sorry but I think that's just plain weird!)
*cubed avocado (yummy!)
*thinly sliced radishes (surprisingly good!)

Do you have a favorite chili topping that's not on the list? Tell us about it in a comment!

Zestfully yours,
Carolina Sauce Company

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