Always celebrated the 4th Thursday in February. It's hard to beat a steaming hot bowl of chili in the winter! U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson was a big chili lover! Johnson is quoted as saying "Chili concocted outside of Texas is usually a weak, apologetic imitation of the real thing. One of the first things I do when I get home to Texas is to have a bowl of red. There is simply nothing better."