When we first moved into our San Diego house way back in 2003, the community was new and we had a brand new fire station. Since we had a 2 year old (at the time) who was completely obsessed with fire trucks, we quickly made friends with our local firefighters. We visited the station often to deliver treats, and they let our son investigate the fire trucks. They brought their rig to our culdesac and popped in for a bowl of chili on Super Bowl Sunday. So I can state with great confidence that this is officially a “Firefighter Approved” chili recipe. And if I had been food blogging back then, I would have taken photos of those cute firefighters eating my halftime chili!!