It’s National Chili Day — and there’s a great debate over beans

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA/WNCN) — National Chili Day is observed every fourth Thursday of February.

Chili is short for “chili con carne,” which means chili with meat in Spanish.

The cook-off favorite has been the official dish of Texas since 1977.

The most common ingredients in chili are tomatoes, chili peppers, meat, garlic, onions and cumin.

Whether you use beans or not is a topic up for debate.

Deciding whether chili is considered a soup or a stew is also a big question.

The answer to that varies depending on who you ask.

CBS 17’s Paul Heggen takes his chili seriously and is a proponent of “no beans.” As you can see in the video above, he’s not joking around.

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