Slideshow: Chili trending in new menu items

by Rebekah Schouten
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KANSAS CITY — As the weather turns chilly outside, restaurants are offering chili inside. The ingredient is a trending topping in new menu items, from burgers and hot dogs to fries and tamales.

Shake Shack is rolling out an entire chili-themed menu at its restaurants, all featuring smoked, slow-braised beef chili with ancho and chili de arbol peppers. The Chili Cheeseburger features a beef patty topped with cheese and the chili. The Chili Cheese Dog is a Vienna beef hot dog topped with the chili. The Chili Cheese Fries are crinkle cut fries topped with cheese sauce and the chili.

Wienerschnitzel is launching a new line of chili cheese tamales. The Classic Chili Cheese Tamale features chili and cheese, the Guacamole & Jalapenos Chili Cheese Tamale features guacamole, jalapenos, chili and cheese, and the Green Chile Chili Cheese Tamale features Hatch green chiles with chili and cheese.

Farmer Boys is beefing up its new burger with a helping of chili. The new Double Chili Cheeseburger features two beef patties topped with beef chili, two slices of American cheese, pickles and onions.

Click to view a slideshow of new menu items.

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