chili con carne (chĭlˈē kŏn kärˈnē) [key] [Span., = hot peppers with meat], Mexican food popular in the United States and now manufactured and canned commercially. It consists mainly of beef, beans, chilies (see pepper), garlic, and spices, although the ingredients may be varied.
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