Where in the Lone Star State can you find a tastiest bowl of chili?

Well, Victoria is one of those places...

To mark National Chili Day on Feb. 23, LawnStarter ranked 2023's Best Texas Cities for Chili Lovers.

To come up with their ranking, they compared the 100 biggest Texas cities and looked for those with plenty of highly rated chili vendors. They also considered chili festivals and cook-offs in addition to accolades from state and international chili championships.

The Top Ten is...

1.  Austin
2.  Houston
3.  San Angelo
4.  San Antonio
5.  Dallas
6.  Irving
7.  Garland
8.  Cedar Park
9.  Round Rock
10. El Paso

Victoria came in at number 46 on the list- not bad!

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Texas Chili Capital: Austin takes home the chili crown in our ranking. ATX offers the most chili vendors out of all the biggest cities in Texas, with high scores in Quality and Popularity. Austinites have also won an impressive share of Accolades at statewide and international chili competitions.

Other cities in the ATX metro fared well, too, with Round Rock (No. 9) and Cedar Park (No. 8) cooking into our top 10. These two cities beat Austin in Quality, taking first and second places, respectively.

Texas Red Royalty: Chili has been a staple in Houston (No. 2) and San Antonio (No. 4) since the 1800s. Space City rocketed to the top with the most Google searches from people looking for a spicy bowl. Houston also hosts the second-highest number of chili cook-offs and has the third-highest number of chili vendors.

Alamo City is home to numerous chili champions and festivals and currently boasts the second-highest Access to the official Texas State Dish.

Local Legends: You might not find the world’s best cup of chili cooking up in a restaurant, parlor, or cantina but in your neighbor’s kitchen.

San Angelo (No. 3) is a small city, but some residents here serve up an award-winning bowl. San Angelo takes home the gold in Accolades, being home to the most chili champions of recent years.

Slightly larger cities like Mesquite (No. 31) and Denton (No. 24) stand out with abundant chili champions, too.

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