It's official. Whenever the subject of beans and chili comes up, things get heated, fast, even in a post about "Yankee Chili." Commenter Christopher was particularly passionate:
I've had chili sans beans--not a fan. To me, chili has to be hearty and thick, and cubed beef in hot sauce is not hearty, nor thick. Chili is chili, not soup, not stew. Chili. When I eat, I'm going for taste, not "authenticity." It's eating, not antiquing, damn it. Fuck you no beans bastards.
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Surely the "no beans bastards" will be silenced for good. A major award to you, sir.