1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili

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2006/10/25 10:23:28 (permalink)

1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili

Wow, that stuff is great! It really made my chili taste better. Never heard of the stuff as it is not available in Eastern PA. I was in WalMart and saw it and I will always use it from now on.
Do others use it in their chili?
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    ctchank
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 10:34:53 (permalink)
    Yes, it's great for the tomato base.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 10:40:07 (permalink)
    Ro-tel is awesome! Try melting a pound of Velveeta cheese and add one can of Ro-tel... simple & makes a great dip for corn chips or tostito type chips! You can also brown ground beef, drain & add that as well. Yummy!
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 12:18:37 (permalink)
    I put Rotel in all kinds of stuff uncluding chili. For any recipe that calls for tomatoes you can use Rotel. They make several kinds. Lots of recipes at their web site.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 14:24:41 (permalink)
    I use Rotel in making Texas Caviar.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 14:59:18 (permalink)
    Texas caviar? Should I ask?

    Rotel is a good base for a mock Spanish rice. Saute some onion and pepper, saute the rice, then use Rotel and water or broth to cook.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 15:13:26 (permalink)
    Texas Caviar:

    1 can Ro-Tel
    1 can black eyed peas rinsed and drained well
    1 cup chopped red bell pepper
    1/2 minced onion
    1 cup good seasons italian dressing
    1 cup chopped pimentos
    1/2 cup jalapenos chopped
    1 can kernal corn rinsed and drained well

    Mix all in bowl, chill overnight. Serve with chips.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 15:23:32 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by fabulousoyster

    Texas Caviar:

    1 can Ro-Tel
    1 can black eyed peas rinsed and drained well
    1 cup chopped red bell pepper
    1/2 minced onion
    1 cup good seasons italian dressing
    1 cup chopped pimentos
    1/2 cup jalapenos chopped
    1 can kernal corn rinsed and drained well

    Mix all in bowl, chill overnight. Serve with chips.


    Hey! That sounds good! Thanks!
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 18:30:59 (permalink)
    If I dont have Ro-Tel, then I dont make chili.
    Simple as that.
    It is a MUST HAVE ingredient for me.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 19:02:57 (permalink)
    Wow, I bet Ro=Tel would pay for that rec Roossy! It is always in my basic chili also.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 19:27:34 (permalink)
    Ro-Tel makes a product called "Chili Fixins". I used to make my chili from scratch but have found the "Chili Fixins" recipe to save me a lot of effort. I do Doctor up the recipe on the can by using more meat and adding onions, celery, chopped, flavored stewed tomatoes or crushed tomatoes, or what ever else is handy and a little more cumin and chili powder to taste, but it comes out just fine.
    http://www.ro-tel.com/pages/products/chili_fixins/index.jsp
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 20:14:55 (permalink)
    terryl, Food Lion has Rotel, too. It is a good, consistent product that I like. I use it, along with a large can of tomato paste, in my chili. And I'm never without it, always have a can in my pantry.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 20:50:18 (permalink)
    I wonder how it would work in my favorite dish, Manhattan Clam Chowder?

    Chili's a good choice when I need supper done fast. My recipe's not going to get me any prizes in Terlingua, but for the time and effort I put in, it's pretty good. I nuke a pound of ground meat until all the pink's gone, drain all the yuck off (the dog gets the cooked blood), chop it into bite size chunks with the side of a spoon, add a 14 oz. can of diced tomatos, spice, a 6 or 8 oz can of tomato sauce (6 is better, but sometimes you haven't got one), and a rinsed 16 or 18 oz. jar of beans, usually the first one I grab, stir it all up, then nuke it for a minute or two to heat the beans and tomato sauce. It takes about 15 or 20 minutes total when we're famished or have a church meeting or the like that evening, and I only use one ceramic bowl and a spoon, and another spoon for the wife. We eat out of the bowl I cooked in, usually.

    I've never heard of Ro*tel until I stumbled on this discussion. It sounds like I might not have to worry about spices getting stale if I use this stuff instead of off~the~shelf spices. Worth a try if I can find it in Southeastern Wisconsin or Northeastern Illinois.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 20:58:35 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Big Ugly Mich

    I wonder how it would work in my favorite dish, Manhattan Clam Chowduh?


    That's not chowda anyway, that's thin chili made with clams.

    Go for it. Bet it's pretty tasty for not chowda.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/25 21:17:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by AshphaltThat's not chowda anyway, that's thin chili made with clams.

    Go for it. Bet it's pretty tasty for not chowda.


    And I sure don't need the extra calories a snob chowduh offers. Of course, I still eat if that way, too, usually at high class establishments who've never heard of Manhattan Style. I've never had the Rhode Island kind (clear except for all the good stuff) but someday, even though it means I'll have to make it myself. . .

    Any place that defines style in any way that's not what sort of trademark is on your butt is great, I always say.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/26 12:15:16 (permalink)
    Foodb, I had forgoten about that fixins stuff. I does work good for a super fast and easy chili. Mich, the Rotel "chili fixins" would work to replace the spices but the regular Rotel tomatos just ads and extra flavor to a regular batch of chili.

    Rotel also makes a Mexican style. I have used it to make some killer Guackamole (spelling?). Just add the rotel, choped onions, and garlic to some avacado.

    They also make a milder Rotel version for those who can't take the heat.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/26 12:39:04 (permalink)
    Hello All,
    I've never heard of Rotel...I must be stupid.
    I will search for it locally in Wal-Mart.
    I like heat, so it is hot and spicy?
    Take Care,
    Fieldthistle
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/26 13:04:37 (permalink)
    Field, you might want to look around at their web site. Foodb did a link above. Rotel is mentioned allot in the chili section here. A whole new spicy world may have opened up for you. Oh, I think they do make a rotel "hot". Real hot if my memory serves. I use the regular as it's pretty spicy.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/26 13:08:18 (permalink)
    Original Ro-tel is chopped tomatoes with a bit of green chilis. Just a little bite, not really hot. We find it in supermarkets here in the northeast, if not with the canned tomatoes, in the ethnic aisle (sometimes with the "Southern" food which is considered ethnic in some of our stores).

    It's a great recipe booster.

    They also make a bunch of varieties, hotter, milder, chili mix, etc. but those are hard to find in our area.

    BTW - you're not stupid. I never noticed Ro-Tel until a friend from Colorado told me about them.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/26 13:19:37 (permalink)
    Yep Ash, Field is a smart guy! And, rotel is everywhere here in Texas but less known in many places.

    They used to make a whole tomato rotel. I liked it better than the chopped. I would just chop up the whole ones. They were worth the trouble I thought. Rotel stoped making it, shoot!
    Joe
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/26 13:42:12 (permalink)
    I just found a neat site. Lets see if I can do the link?

    www.texmex.net

    If you go to the recipe section, and click the rotel link, there are allot of easy and great sounding recipes using rotel. The jalapeno meat balls sound really good to me. Lots of stuff besides rotel recipes there also.

    Oh, and they reminded me that there is an Italian rotel. I added that to some sketty sauce once, was good!
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/26 14:20:37 (permalink)
    Hello All,
    I'm not smart, PapaJoe8, but thanks for saying I'm a smart guy. I'm really not,
    just a seeker. But You, are a good and wise person, that I respect and have love for, and you are seeker as well. That's one reason I'm gonna try Ro-tel.
    It may sound simple, but does Ro-tel go better with ground beef or strips of steak,
    or chunks of various meats, etc.. When I make chili, I use ground beef.
    Ground beef absorbs sauces, onions, green peppers etc. at a different amount of cooking time than
    cooking than chunks of other meats due to the density and intensity of particuliar
    flavours. Whether it is ground beef or chunks or strips of meat, I want a blending of flavour.
    Again, my question shows my ignorance, but I wouldn't want to burn the sauce while
    I make sure the meat is done enough.
    Stupid question...see, PapaJoe8, I'm just a novice
    Take Care All,
    Fieldthistle
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/26 15:05:27 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Ashphalt

    Original Ro-tel is chopped tomatoes with a bit of green chilis. Just a little bite, not really hot. We find it in supermarkets here in the northeast, if not with the canned tomatoes, in the ethnic aisle (sometimes with the "Southern" food which is considered ethnic in some of our stores).

    It's a great recipe booster.

    They also make a bunch of varieties, hotter, milder, chili mix, etc. but those are hard to find in our area.

    BTW - you're not stupid. I never noticed Ro-Tel until a friend from Colorado told me about them.

    A 'Southern Foods' aisle - I love it . For some reason we don't have those here.

    Kroger, HEB, and even WalMart make generic versions of Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chiles). The Kroger and HEB versions are inferior to the name brand product but the WM Great Value brand I find to be very close. We also see Hatch branch Tex-Mex products (it's actually produced in Farmers Branch, TX) and they also have a tomatoes and chiles product that is often on sale at Foodtown. Hatch products tend to have a roasted tomato taste, or maybe it's just the variety of tomato they use.

    I've tried Rotel in chili and wasn't impressed. I like chili that tastes of beef and spices, not tomatoes, but there wasn't enough tomato or heat from the Rotel. I use a maximum of 1 8oz can of tomato sauce per 2 pounds of meat and add red pepper to taste for the heat.

    I use Rotel style tomatoes in the broth for braising round steak. I also use it (and salsa) in my versions of pot roast -- just makes the broth more interesting. I've been making a habanero pot roast lately with about 3/4 c habanero salsa and 1 can of Rotel. Now that's some pretty serious heat, for my tastes anyway.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/26 15:23:06 (permalink)
    Field, thanks for the kind words! I think the best way to think about Rotel tomatoes is that you use it just like you would other canned tomatoes, they just kick things up a notch. If you like ground meat it will work fine. Folks who like meat cut other ways can also use Rotel. I hope that helps!

    The Rotel "chili fixins" is a shortcut for the whole chili process and is way different from the regular Rotel tomatoes w/ green chiles.

    It dosen't show up in the search function but the 1st. page of the "weird things" chili thread has more talk about Rotel and chili. I did not read the rest of the pages but I think Rotel is mentioned in lots of chili talk here at roadfood.

    The search should show lotsa stuff when you do rotel or ro-tel but just a few things come up...??? I posted this in the thread about the search function in the off topic section.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/27 20:35:29 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Ashphalt

    quote:
    Originally posted by fabulousoyster

    Texas Caviar:

    1 can Ro-Tel
    1 can black eyed peas rinsed and drained well
    1 cup chopped red bell pepper
    1/2 minced onion
    1 cup good seasons italian dressing
    1 cup chopped pimentos
    1/2 cup jalapenos chopped
    1 can kernal corn rinsed and drained well

    Mix all in bowl, chill overnight. Serve with chips.


    Hey! That sounds good! Thanks!

    I quite agree!
    simple and sounds tasty as all get out!
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/27 20:37:11 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Fieldthistle

    Hello All,
    I've never heard of Rotel...I must be stupid.
    I will search for it locally in Wal-Mart.
    I like heat, so it is hot and spicy?
    Take Care,
    Fieldthistle

    Fieldthistle,
    If you cant find it, I will send you a couple cans..
    Let me know..
    Tara
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/27 20:42:52 (permalink)
    Rotel does come in several heat levels, FYI. Asphalt has pointed out that earlier, I believe. The "regular" Rotel is 'fer wimps!
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/27 20:53:40 (permalink)
    I have five cans of RO*TEL whole tomatoes & green chilies and one can of "extra hot" diced tomatoes& chile peppers in my pantry. For special occasions only!
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/27 20:56:41 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Adjudicator

    Rotel does come in several heat levels, FYI. Asphalt has pointed out that earlier, I believe. The "regular" Rotel is 'fer wimps!

    For those who can't find this product it is most easily duplicated. The whole tomato variety is no longer available, etc., but that was the best. My homemade variety of this concoction IMO is better because I can control the heat level. I use canned Serrano peppers, a bit of fresh minced garlic, and fresh minced onions to add to the flavor. Rather good & since I always have these things on hand there is no added $$ for my recipe.
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    RE: 1st time I used Ro-Tel in my chili 2006/10/28 05:52:41 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by oltheimmerKroger, HEB, and even WalMart, Fieldthistle, make generic versions of Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chiles).


    So does Aldi's. http://www.aldifoods.com I still can't compare it to the real deal, because I can't FIND the real deal. They did print a recipe on the side of the can that's the same as my Quick~N~Dirty Chili, except they use a pot over a stovetop rather than a microwave.
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