While there are tons of chili variations, many recipes include beans, which has led some to believe that beans are a normal addition to the dish. Other Costco comfort foods don’t seem to get nearly as much attention on social media, sparking debates over whether its chili should be called “bean soup” instead.
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On TikTok, many confused commenters have voiced their opinions on Costco’s cheese-topped tubs of chili, with statements like, “There’s no beans in chili. I don’t know what this is, but it’s not chili.” While some agree that chili with beans is heresy, others wonder what the big deal is. “Chili can have beans,” one commenter assures, “It’s a regional difference. You’ll be okay.” Amongst the heated legume discourse are more positive comments that mention enjoying Costco chili with Fritos or tortilla chips. On Instagram, some mention that they pour it over rice and feast on it with the whole family.