Chili and cinnamon rolls is a common meal for people in the Midwest, but it is foreign to the rest of the United States. Iowa historians believe this combination was born as a cafeteria meal for students, made by farmwives in the 60s. Not only was this meal cost-effective, but also appealing, while meeting children’s nutritional needs. The sweetness of the cinnamon is an excellent pair to the spicy, salty chili. The flavors of the two complement each other well and make for an excellent midwest dinner.