Ingredients in chili increase your heartbeat, clear the sinuses and your mouth becomes irritated as evidenced by a burning sensation. This causes your brain to respond by creating endorphins, natural painkillers that are a part of body's self--defense. This causes you to experience a feeling of euphoria giving new meaning to the nickname "Chili Head"

International Chili Society - ICS, the Ultimate Chili Cookoff Organization

The History of Chili - by H. Allen Smith, the first ICS World's Chili Champion in 1967

The Real History of Chili - Brought to us by the ICS

The Chile Gallery - Photos and descriptions of peppers

World Chili Championship Recipes - 1967 to present