Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dixon's Famous Chili

If I had a dime for every person that has told me that they have "the best" chili, or that their chili is "famous", I wouldn't have to work and I could do this whole poorly written blog thing full time. But Dixon's Famous Chili actually has famous chili! They have been in the same spot for almost 100 years and Presidents have dined there! Dixon's is not chili in the sense that we think of it today, but it is historically important and is pretty dang good too!

Dixon's chili is not the tomato/meat/optional bean based stew-like concoction that most of us think of when we hear the word "chili". Dixon's is more what you think of when you think of ground beef taco meat. In fact, that is one of many ways that Dixon's serves their chili.

You can get your chili straight up, topped with cheese and/or onions, covered in ketchup (which is actually a lot tastier than it sounds), soupy (covered in the soup that the beans are cooked in), or juicy (covered in the ground beef juices, not the Notorious B.I.G. song). As I mentioned, you can also get the chili on hard shelled tacos, sloppy Joe, spaghetti, or smothering a pair of Jim's Famous Hot Tamales (which is my preferred way of eating it).

For those unfamiliar with Jim's Famous Hot Tamales: These are not Mexican style tamales, but rather New Orleans style tamales. They are still made with corn masa, but rather than stuffed with meat and wrapped in corn husks they are flavoured with broth and cylindrical in shape. The story goes that a man named Jim moved to Kansas City, from New Orleans, and started slanging his creole favorite from a cart. The tamales caught on, and now you can find them at most every Shell station in Independence and KCMO (and Dixon's).

The inside of Dixon's looks like a classic diner. Checkered table cloths. Banquet style tables. The type of place where you don't have to feel shy about sharing a table with a couple complete strangers.

Dixon's very much reminded me of the chili joint that Bourdain featured on No Reservations (Fred and Red's), during his trip to Joplin. Save, of course, the gastro-intestinal side effects that they talk about at Fred and Red's. There were no side effects to speak of, except awesomeness!

Dixon's Chili Parlor on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

  1. Jims Tamales were never from new Orleans. Never made with corn mass and never used husks. Please get facts straight. And Dixons Chili wanted a cheaper tamale aND did jims tamales dirty..