With the bitter cold temperatures and snowy conditions that are expected through parts of the Midwest for the next couple of weeks, it's time to break out those world-famous chili recipes.

Our offices have an annual SOUPer Bowl competition coming up to see which co-worker has the best concoction and I expect there to be a selection of chili in the mix, but there are some ingredients I prefer in my chili that may be taboo for others.

I don't know if this is as big of an Illinois no-no as ketchup on a hot dog, but I love to put noodles in my chili. Elbow, spaghetti, it doesn't matter what kind, as long as there are noodles.

And there have been some chili recipes that I have enjoyed which included little diced potatoes in them. Did I lose you on that ingredient?

According to a new survey by ShaneCo.com that asked more than 2,000 U.S. residents what they like in their chili, on their chili, and with their chili.

What does Illinois like IN their chili?

Chili in Illi must have ground beef in it with a "combo of black, pinto, and kidney beans" and be more spicy than sweet, according to the survey. We prefer to cook our Illinois chili in a crockpot.

What does Illinois like to put ON its chili?

The top 5 toppings that we like to pile up on our chili in Illinois:

  1. Shredded Cheese
  2. Sour Cream
  3. Green Onion
  4. Crushed Crackers
  5. Hot Sauce / Sriracha

What's Illinois' favorite side to have with its chili?

According to this survey, we enjoy a side of cornbread with our chili in Illinois, over other favorites like crackers or grilled cheese.

Lastly, we found that most Americans (nine of every 10) are all about that thick and chunky chili life and that stovetop chili cooking beats out every other method. -ShaneCo.com

Have a favorite recipe for chili that you think is one of Illinois' best? Share it with me via email at johnny.vincent@townsquaremedia.com.

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