Chili may be as common as any food in America, but it invariably reflects the personality of the cook. Always familiar, always different. (Serves 6)
Chipotle Black Bean Dip with Corn Chips
Pecorino and Romaine Salad with Garlicky Lemon Dressing
New Mexican Chile Verde
Spicy Jalapeño Corn Bread
Vanilla ice cream

Chocolate Sauce

Beer Note The flavors of this menu make a traditional German Oktoberfest beer the ideal beverage. These reddish-hued seasonal beers, arriving in the United States now, have no bitterness, which can clash with spicy food. Instead, they offer caramel, nutty, and malty flavors, a chewy body, and slightly sweet palate. Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen is widely available and the perfect partner for spicy, full-flavored chili.

Dessert Note For a touch of spice, use the Mexican Chocolate Variation of the Chocolate Sauce.