KC chili joint welcoming Bengals followers with century-old recipe

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (KCTV) – With the Chiefs taking up the Bengals, the same old meals battle is BBQ versus chili. However, at one spot that’s been round since earlier than the Bengals had been even born, it’s chili versus chili.

Dixon’s Chili was based in 1919. It’s one remaining location on 40 Freeway in Independence has been dishing it up since 1961.

Steve Davis grew up in Independence then left 40-some years in the past. The Chiefs deliver him again yearly. On Friday, he made a cease at Dixon’s for nostalgia’s sake.

“Mother and Dad would come right here pretty incessantly. It’s simply good recollections. It seems the identical method it did 60 years in the past,” Davis described.

Basic supervisor Stephen Steffes is the fourth technology within the household to run the restaurant.

“My great-great-uncle Vergne Dixon was the unique proprietor,” Steffes detailed. “He offered it to his nephew, which was my grandfather. After which he left it to his daughter, which is my mother.”

They get a wholesome crowd of native regulars, however Steffes has additionally had dealings with Bengals fan on the town for video games. Arrowhead is only a mile away.

“They’ll say spaghetti purple,” Steffes recounted. “I’m like, ‘What’s that?’”

That’s chili on spaghetti, which is an possibility on the Dixon’s menu. However the taste at Dixon’s is nothing like Cincinnati-style, typically identified by the title of considered one of its most prolific manufacturers: Skyline.

“I’ve eaten Skyline and it’s good,” stated Davis, weighing in with a comparability. “It’s sweeter. And I don’t suppose it’s as meaty. I didn’t know that individuals put chili on high of spaghetti till I used to be in Cincinnati. It’s like, ‘That’s actually bizarre,’ however I suppose they do it right here too. However it is a lot higher.”

“Our chili is extra of a do-it-yourself-style chili,” particulars Steffes. “It’s not candy in any respect. We provide you with meat and beans and also you physician it up your self.”

The beans are made individually and drained. Similar with the meat. And one factor you gained’t discover is tomato. His nice uncle Vergne wouldn’t even enable ketchup.

“There would even be tales of individuals sneaking it in and him kicking them out,” stated Steffes. “Finally my grandfather determined he’d allow you to put it on however there was a 15-cent positive.”

That positive doesn’t apply to burgers. Ketchup for that’s on the home.

You possibly can add in their very own chili powder on the desk together with a few vinegar choices.

After final yr’s AFC Championship sport, Steffes bought a little bit bitter on Cincinnati.

“I’ll be sincere, final yr sucked. I left that sport. It was the funnest sport ever up till the top,” he recounted. “I’m bored with them calling it Burrowhead and all that nonsense. They will nonetheless come eat although. We’ll nonetheless take their cash.”

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