Many people get very ill from eating leftover chili, and more often than not, they blame it on the spicy flavor profile. However, you may be shocked to learn what the actual shelf life of leftover chili is and how it’s usually already spoiled when being eaten.
Chili or chili con carne is made from a combination of ground or sliced meat (usually beef), diced tomatoes, pinto or kidney beans, garlic, and onions. The hero ingredient is, of course, fresh chilis, although sometimes dried chili powder is used or added.
Store-bought or canned chili is often much saltier and a lot spicier. That’s because the flavors have been heavily concentrated during the preservation process. Homemade chili is a lot fresher, richer, and usually has more balanced flavors.