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Honestly I just use this kit from the grocery store: https://www.amazon.com/Wick-Fowlers-Products-2-Alarm-3-625-Ounce/dp/B000H2998U
I prefer to add the onion with the meat and add a can of chilis and/or diced tomatoes. They don't add too many carbs over the whole batch.
Top with cheese, jalapeños, and sour cream. DELISH
I'd say skip the music and bring food instead. When I lived in Germany, my host family always wanted me to bring chili mix, but really anything unique would be great. I found that the "Mexican" ingredients in Germany were pretty atrocious, so spices and sauces will probably go over well.
I would actually recommend that you focus more on bringing things that are specific to your local area instead of going for "generic American" stuff. The US is a massive fucking country, and it's really hard for non-Americans to grasp just how big and diverse it really is. In Germany, they get plenty of Hollywood movies and US Top 40 music, and as a result the image of America winds up being this weird blend of NYC, LA and the Wild West (I got more questions about national politics, guns, McDonald's, and movie stars while I was in Germany than almost anything else). Anything you can bring that goes beyond national stereotypes will definitely be appreciated.
Other ideas -- How about a cookbook of local cuisines? Or a small framed print of a local landmark?
If anyone reading this is still interested, you can listen to this angry troll or judge reviews from Texans for yourself (who don't seem to mind that the corporation that bought the company is based in Louisiana):
>Life support for ex-patriot Texans! This is the best Texas-style chili I have found and better than anything I have been able to create myself. I have not found a source for a chili powder as good as what comes in this kit.
>The only kind of chili mix my husband likes. ("He's from Texas." I guess Texas knows chili? :-) )
>If you like real Texas chili and you like it easy then this is your kit.
>I'm a Texan, born in San Antonio, bred and raised in the Lone Star State, and have been an avid chili eater since I was in short pants (I'm over 80 now), so while I don't claim to be an expert, I do feel fairly comfortable in judging chili.
This is the best chili mix I've tasted, and there have been plenty to pass through my chili bowl.
>North, South, East & West...cooks took no prisoners at the World's Championship Chili Cook-off. Wick Fowler, walked away with 1st place, the coveted bronze chili pot. His 2 Alarm Chili will go down in history as the best bowl of chili for the inaugural 1970 championship. The nice thing about this commercial product is you get many different individual sealed packets of all the ingredients freely identified so you can customize to personal preference. The quality of each ingredient is very high tier, as good if not better than a named national brand of spice. The roasted ground chili pepper packet in particular is better than anything I have found elsewhere.
>My favorite Chili kit. My only advice for ya YANKEES - this is Tex Mex chili. It may (almost certainly) be "hotter" than what you are used to.
>You can't make bad chili using this kit. I skip the masa flour, but everything else is all-in. Everyone I've served this to has raved about it - I've tried many kits and this is far and away the best. I was introduce to this by a good friend from Texas, and he assures me it's Texas-approved.
>For those that haven't tasted this yet, you don't know what you are missing. This is real, Texas Taste Chili. This is the very best chili mix, that I have ever found and you can make it as Hot as you want, to please anyone.
make it yourself. just follow the instructions on the box