A Decent Packaged Chili?

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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2003/12/10 14:46:27 (permalink)
I made a pot of Carroll Shelby's last night; it was pretty tame, even with all the red pepper used. Also, I think there is way too much masa flour in this package, would have made it way too thick (I used only half).

Also made a pot of chili with my own mix of seasonings and TexJoy chili powder, mentioned in this thread, too. It was much better. I'll be making that again.

And, picked up a new mix (at least to me): Shotgun Willie's. It's based on a 1985 Championship chili. I haven't made it, yet. They'll e-mail you the recipe from their site, but someone has posted it on another site:

http://www.hotchili.st/2recipes/chili/shotgun_willie_chili___carol_and_dave_hancock.txt

Buying chili mixes by mail is outrageously expensive! Wick Fowler is regularly $1.89 at HEB (on special this week for $.99 but $3.00 at Central Market, HEB's market catering to people who like to spend more for gourmet food ), $1.91 for Shelby's and $2.11 for Shotgun Willie's (at Kroger).

Bushie, if you're reading this - where'd you find Pecos Red . I found them on-line but I ain't paying that price for it, especially when the purveyor is here in Houston . I've checked at several markets and haven't found it on the shelves anywhere (and I seldom get out to Veterans Memorial Dr, either).
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2003/12/10 17:17:27 (permalink)
Hey hermitt. They had a booth at the Fiery Foods show in Austin; that's where I picked up a bag. However, they are in Houston, so give them a call and see if you can pick up some there. Here's their contact info: http://www.pecosred.com/contact.html
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2003/12/10 22:31:54 (permalink)
Dearfolk,
I was amazed to find that Burlington, Iowa has a Heeb Street, named for a local brewer (at the time) named Anton Heeb. He was Catholic, I believe. It is almost as steep as Lombard Street in San Francisco - and nearly as crooked - although it was pointed out to me that Anton Heeb was not crooked at all, but a beloved local in the late 1800's.
There used to be a Hebe's Sandwich Shop in some Southern college town - I can't remember where - Columbia, S. C. maybe. Story was that nobody could remember the guy's name (Kazmirez Jarmulowskyj or something very close), so when he left someone else's employ and opened his own place, he named it Hebe's. Nobody confused or forgot that. Thus it was for years, long after his demise.
I can highly recommend He-Brew from California, "The Beer With A Conscience." Their label and advertising are full of dreadful and ever-expanding-upon-itself Yiddish punnery. Oy Gestalt!
Now I forgot what I was gonna say about chili....
Balefully Unbowlfully, Ort. Carlton in All-Too-Pre-Packaged Athens, Georgia.
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2003/12/11 01:55:27 (permalink)
clothier - actually the story is better than that: H. E. Butt Grocery company has been around since the early 1900s at least, mostly in Central Texas. I guess they got tired of people making fun of their name .

bushie - thanks. Hmmm, I gather this stuff is pretty hot. I'll check 'em out.
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2004/08/30 19:38:24 (permalink)
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Originally posted by spamlamb

For Cincinnati chili (an acquired taste, but addictive) order at www.skylinechili.com. We get minimum 2 cases per year shipped out to Colorado. It's cans, and you have to find a good rubbery vermicelli, ridiculously strong onions and "fancy" shredded medium (or sharp) cheddar, but it's as close to Clifton & Ludlow as we can get out west.
I used to eat at that old skyline starting in the mid 60's. It was THE place to go after closing the bars, most noteably the old College Inn, next to the firehouse, diagonally across Clifton Ave. from Skyline. Used to go to the original location atop Price's Mountain on Glenway Ave. A comment on having Skyline cans shipped to Colorado. Isn't the freight pretty high? Another GREEK "joint" in Clifton was the Clifton-Ludlow Restaurant, next to Keller's IGA. Nick the owner taught me to make Cincinnati Chili, while working there some summers. I then developed a spice mixture that tastes "dead on" Skyline. It only requires the addition of a pot, water, ground beef and tomato puree, plus the use of a stove for a couple hours. Ships cheaper, too!

Nice to talk to an old Cliftonite! Talk to you soon!

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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2004/09/01 13:01:17 (permalink)
Campbell's has just introduced a canned chili: "Campbell's Chunky Chile w/Beans". Has anyone tried it yet?

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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2004/09/01 13:26:55 (permalink)
Frank, I just tried it last week. I wasn't too impressed. Too much tomato flavor (sweet) for me. Then again I like lots of chili powder in my chili.
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2004/09/01 13:39:52 (permalink)
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Originally posted by greasewheel

Frank, I just tried it last week. I wasn't too impressed. Too much tomato flavor (sweet) for me. Then again I like lots of chili powder in my chili.


The too sweet tomato flavor is pretty typical of Campbell's products. I was afraid of that.

Frank
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2004/09/01 14:07:43 (permalink)
I've found a better way of thickening than masa..if you aren't beanphobic a can or two of refried beans makes an excellent thickener.. as for frozen chilis my fave has to be XLNT brand.
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2004/09/03 23:50:30 (permalink)
Try Shotgun Willie's made by DL Jardines in Buda, TX. Can order online. Go easy on the masa flour if you dont like it too thick. The heat is up to you <g>.

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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2004/10/10 14:25:51 (permalink)
For what it's worth, here is a review of "Backwoods Bound" chili mix:
http://www.hunting-trail.com/Hunting_Trail_Approved/Backwoods_Bound_-_Chili_Season/backwoods_bound_-_chili_season.html
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2004/10/10 15:26:49 (permalink)
Here to add another vote for Wick Fowlers 2 alarm chili mix, although I have a hard time finding it in Southern California. The one store that does carry it from time to time is the Von's (which is Randalls or Tom Thumb back in Texas) and when I find it I load up on the mix.
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2004/10/10 15:30:00 (permalink)
VibrationGuy (if he lives near Seattle) should try the chili at Mike's Chili Parlor in Ballard -- just up the road from Seattle. It reminds me of Ohio chili, served over pasta with onions and cheese. But they growl at you if you make the comparison.

Also valid: The chili parlor at Pike's Market.

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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2004/10/18 16:41:12 (permalink)
I think Skyline frozen chili is the best deal, it's already been mentioned a time or two in earlier posts. If you have a Kroger nearby, they may/may not carry it. I have 2 Kroger's near my house. One carries it, the other does not.

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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2004/10/19 16:00:06 (permalink)
In Knoxville Tennessee, Houser's chili in a tube is wonderful. It has been in Knoxville for at least 50 years and it is good with tamales, hot dogs or just by itself.

I enjoy it with home made tamales which are hard to find in Knoxville. Food City sells some but they are dry and somewhat tasteless.

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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/06/23 00:01:38 (permalink)
I don't have any problem getting Wick Fowlers 2 Alarm mix here in Burlington, VT.
If anyone would like me to mail your some, just ask !
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/06/23 06:12:32 (permalink)
IMO Wick Fowler makes the best dry mix, but I'll try Peco Red if I see it. I have one friend who really likes the little packages of Williams chili spice, but it is hard to find outside the SW.

Another way to tone down Wick Fowler is to make it with twice the amount of meat that is called for.

You'd have to figure a way to ship it, but if you are in Fort Worth, Resky's (sp?) Refsky's (sp?) has a very good brick chili. I'm going to bring some home next time I'm there.
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/07/11 16:56:00 (permalink)
We always use Morton's Chili Blend chili powder (which makes great red enchilada sauce as well). There's nothing fancy about my chili, but when I owned a small cafe a few years back, this sold out everytime I made it and we had to start carrying carry-out containers for soup because of it (of course, being the smart chickie than I am, I made it on days when it was going to be cold and windy).

I use a combination of ground beef (about 85/15) and coarser ground "chili meat" that is just a very coarse ground beef. (Yes, yes, I know, but that is not the worst sacrilege, there's more to come - shhhhhh, these secrets were never revealed to "real chili" people!) I can't make a small batch of chili, but that's fine because it freezes well if my large family doesn't finish it off in a couple of days. So the smallest batch I can make starts with about 6-8lbs of meat, about half and half of each grind, though just hamburger meat will do as long as you mix roughly half 85/15 and the REALLY fatty stuff. Brown that with two large onions, chopped, and if you're ambitious, save the fatty runoff for red enchilada sauce. Otherwise, just drain out "most" of the fat with a ladle - you don't want to drain it completely, chili needs some fat.

At this point, I add about, oh, 1/2 to 3/4cup Morton's chili blend for that much meat, but it could be more - go easy since you're probably not making my huge batch - the 1st important thing to learn is to judge the color correctly. You want this to be nice and dark red/brown, but not brown/black. Then add in enough water JUST until you get an almost "spongy" texture when you press a spoon or ladle on the top of the mix. Here's more chili-heresy... I add about 1/2 to 3/4's of a container of tomato paste, and since that is a thickener, I add in more liquid - but this time it's strong black coffee, to bring it back to that "spongy" texture. (You can make it with all coffee, but I prefer a water/coffee mix.) I also add a good "shot" of white vinegar. Then slowly cook it down, adding more coffee or water if necessary, skimming off fat as it cooks down a bit if it's too fatty.

When I'm making it now, I also add a can or two of chopped green chilies, and if I mess up and add too much water, I'll occasionally use a few shakes of a weird product we have available - "dried" refried bean mix. (Which makes great refried beans, oddly enough.) If I mess up and add too much chili powder, I generally cook more meat and toss it in, or just serve it with sour cream and cheese for the kids. ;-)
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/07/11 16:58:23 (permalink)
Sheesh, forgot to mention - PLENTY of salt, and occasionally I toss in a handful of corn meal - which I learned because back in our Texas Expatriot days, someone once sent us a case of Wick Fowler's - which isn't bad, and it was the first time I thought of "masa" in chili.
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/09/14 05:20:45 (permalink)
I can't find wick Fowler's in the stores here in the Seattle area. Any ideas?
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/09/14 06:33:56 (permalink)
Yet another vote for Wick Fowler's Two Alarm Chili. As attested to here by many posters, Wick Fowler's makes the basis for a great chili. Even if you make it according to package directions with no extra additions, it is still a decent chili.
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/09/14 20:43:25 (permalink)
One more vote for Wick Fowler's. Years ago, when my dad move to Atlanta I had to ship cases to him twice a year.
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/09/15 14:03:30 (permalink)
Hey folks. My name is bigwheel (Jeff Wheeler) from Foat Wuth, TX. Just stumbled over this forum and mighty glad to be here might I add. I am an old comp bbq hobbyist who got into comp chili a year or two back mainly cuz I am a lazy boy and chili is much less labor intensive than bbq. Some of my old bbq pals and I started a new comp chili organization called the Texas Chili Association. We endeavor to promote and sanction Cash Chili Contests mainly in the DFW area. If any of you nice folks want to learn more about what we do or where we will be doing it next feel free to check out our website. Looking forward to some lively chili discussions on here. Have also been known to mail out frozen brick-chili to nice yankees with money...hankering to have a bowl of Januine Texas Red:)
Thanks.

bigwheel

http://www.geocities.com/texaschiliassociation

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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/09/15 14:20:28 (permalink)
The one I like is Tabasco Brand chili. It comes in a jar labeled either spicey or mild. I always get the spicey and add some Gebhardt's chili powder. The directions say use tomato juice, water or beer. Go for the beer. It really is good.
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/09/17 15:45:08 (permalink)
Welcome Bigwheel! I am in Fort Worth also.
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/09/17 21:44:02 (permalink)
Hi Connie..great to make your acquaintance. Sounds like you know your way around a chili pot. Wick Fowlers is about the only pre-packaged ingredient mix I have tried and in my book its very good. Now got an old pal who swears by Carol Shelbys mix but aint never tried that one personally. Why dont you consider coming out and stirring up a pot o red from scratch with us? Next big event planned for Oct 29th at the Albertson's Food Store..4000 Glade Rd. in Colleyville (that be on the N.E. corner of Glade and Hwy 121 N. right at the edge of both Grapevine and Euless) Cooks meeting at 9 AM..turn-in at 2 PM. Gonna have a little Halloween theme so it be a good excuse to dress up in your spook suit. If you not up to cooking we can always use some help with the judging.

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Welcome Bigwheel! I am in Fort Worth also.
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/09/18 04:53:30 (permalink)
Hello All,
Adolph's Chili Mix Seasoning is the Word.
Take Care,
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/09/18 18:39:12 (permalink)
Got a good repoat one time on Rotel brand chili fixings..comes in a jar I think. Lady who was telling me about say it was real tasty and would flat light a person plumb up on the heat scale. Anybody ever tried that one?

bigwheel

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Hello All,
Adolph's Chili Mix Seasoning is the Word.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/09/20 16:34:56 (permalink)
My quick search on the net for my favorite, Wick Fowler's, found:

http://www.luzianne.com/template_buy_product.cfm?ID=60&

Note you can either purchase over the net, or click on the "Find Store" button and local stores in your city will be listed.
(If problems with the above address, just chop it off after .com/
and then navigate the the Wick Fowler page.

I write as a native Texas and, perhaps, as a distant relative of Fowler's. A couple of tips: Use only half the red pepper packet if your tongue isn't used to very spicy, hot, seasoning. And/or serve the chili over a bed of rice to 'stretch' the chili, have more servings, and dilute the heat.

Enjoy!
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Originally posted by VibrationGuy

Is there anyplace of note that sells a frozen or otherwise shippable chili of note? Decent chili is as rare in the Northwest as someone who eschews both coffee and beer. My tastes tend towards the richly-flavored and cumin-laden, rather than searingly-hot-with-no-other-redemptive-flavors...

Eric
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RE: A Decent Packaged Chili? 2005/09/20 17:03:08 (permalink)
Thank you so much. I did a search for a Wick Fowlers Site a couple wees ago and the best thing I found from that search was this place.

I lived in Tx for 20 years so not a native but close enough. LOL I will have to tame it some for my nw native friends.
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Originally posted by dublinmark

My quick search on the net for my favorite, Wick Fowler's, found:

http://www.luzianne.com/template_buy_product.cfm?ID=60&

Note you can either purchase over the net, or click on the "Find Store" button and local stores in your city will be listed.
(If problems with the above address, just chop it off after .com/
and then navigate the the Wick Fowler page.

I write as a native Texas and, perhaps, as a distant relative of Fowler's. A couple of tips: Use only half the red pepper packet if your tongue isn't used to very spicy, hot, seasoning. And/or serve the chili over a bed of rice to 'stretch' the chili, have more servings, and dilute the heat.

Enjoy!


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