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2013/04/09 18:22:32 (permalink)

Chili for Crowds!

I will soon be participating in a chili cook off that asks for at least 4 gallons worth. If there is anyone who could soon tell me what the proper amount of beef is for such a dish, I would very much appreciate it. I plan to also add 2 big onions, a pound or two of habaneros, hot pepper paste, and a few other spices in the mix.
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    jman
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/09 19:25:48 (permalink)
    Have you considered using this thing they call a recipe?  If not, I'd suggest buying about fifty pounds of meat. You'll probably waste the first forty-five pounds or so.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/09 19:55:21 (permalink)
    What a nice response, jman.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/09 21:39:02 (permalink)
    Personally, ann peeples, I think the response is awful and uncalled for, but jman is from KY.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/09 21:51:49 (permalink)
    Now Now!
     
    Before you put in a pound or two of habaneros (after figuring out the meat quantity) in to the pot, add ONE OR TWO peppers at a time.  You can always add more but you can never take the heat out.
     
    Also cook the chili a bit after each addition of habaneros because as they cook, they get hotter because the chili is reducing.
     
    Start small.
     
    Good luck.
     
     
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    ann peeples
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 03:50:05 (permalink)
    Exactly, myterry.My comment was dripping with sarcasm.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 05:15:29 (permalink)
    Thanks, though I intend to make it a scorcher.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 05:25:19 (permalink)
    Of course I've searched recipes, trying to find an answer. That is what brought me here. Thanks for the advice.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 07:25:38 (permalink)
    Ann, my response fit the OP's post.  Any reasonable person who plans to enter a chili cook-off wouldn't come to a message board and ask how much beef to use to make 4 gallons of chili.  Chili cook-offs aren't a venue for experimentation. Participants go there to show off their chili recipes in hopes that it's a prize winner.
     
    I responded the way I did because I didn't think that the OP could have been remotely serious, especially since anyone who makes chili knows that it's not just about how much beef to use in making chili, but in the combination of the ingredients used.  Asking how much beef to use is about as silly as asking how much water to use without knowing anything else about the intended recipe, if there is an actual recipe to be used. Look at the rest of the post- "I plan to also add 2 big onions, a pound or two of habaneros, hot pepper paste, and a few other spices in the mix."  What the heck? I didn't take it as someone asking a serious question.
     
    myterry2, what does my homestate have to do with anything?
     
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 07:46:05 (permalink)
    I'm with the jman on this one. Whoever said there are no dumb questions was probably someone who asks a lot of dumb questions. "A pound or two of habaneros"? Oh yeah, this is some serious competitor.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 10:46:33 (permalink)
    I too did not take this seriously as I have ruing a gallon of chili wiht too many habaneros and this persons thinking about a pound or two?
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 11:36:35 (permalink)
    I have to admit, when I read a pound or two of habaneros I immediately dismissed it as nonsense.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 14:44:33 (permalink)
    Quite frankly I think it is a joke.  Pretty obvious a dude want to know how much meat to add does not need to be there and in addition adding a pound or two of habanero's  strikes me as hilarious.
    I make my own habanero powder out of my garden and a half a teaspoon in a gallon of spaghetti is way too much.
     
    I am sorry but due to some issue, the site is making all my post double and it is impossible to stop it.
     
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 15:12:24 (permalink)
    I know, Paul. A little while ago I tried making one of the recipes you had posted a while ago and wound up making twice as much as I needed!

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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 15:24:03 (permalink)
    Maybe it is the libation we had last night causing us to see double?

     
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 15:27:20 (permalink)
    Paul, there are all kinds of strange things going on with the website in the last day or two. For instance, have you seen the numbers for the current active users at the bottom of this page?  Obviously, these are being counter differently now. 
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 16:20:34 (permalink)
    I, too, didnt take it seriously. However, I guess in my older age, I am trying not to be so sarcastic, which is my  usual M.O. So, I just try to let dumb posts be just that. I have way more in life to worry about. No offense, my friends.And maybe someone, or me, should have flagged it
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 16:23:45 (permalink)
    Better get an iron stirring utensil....I  like spicy but that just makes my stomach hurt.  How would that even be enjoyable?
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 16:26:05 (permalink)
    I ignored it. After all, who puts beef in chili? Everyone knows you need armadillo!
     
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 16:43:14 (permalink)
    We couldn't get armadillo in Alaska so we used moose.  I am serious!!!  Moose makes great chili!
     
     
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 16:44:57 (permalink)
    I must be gullible. 
     
    Can't believe I missed a chance to be sarcastic.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 16:48:59 (permalink)
    mar
    I was wondering where you were!
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/10 17:54:53 (permalink)
    My BIL makes his chili with moose meat and is the BEST I have ever tasted.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/12 10:03:53 (permalink)
    lleechef

    We couldn't get armadillo in Alaska so we used moose.  I am serious!!!  Moose makes great chili!



    I got my hands on some ground moose a couple of years ago and made chili out of it... you're spot on, it was amazing. I haven't been able to find any since, nobody I know hunts moose.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/12 11:11:55 (permalink)
    I haven't had moose since I left Alaska.   For me, all the cuts are better than beef.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/12 11:17:45 (permalink)
    To EdSails, I indeed plan to use beef, and I plan to make it a real scorcher, even if it results in hostility. This is my first big cook off, and the bang I plan is much hotter than I mentioned in my initial post. I do plan on having some external balance to the chili for those who will likely want: cheese, beans, and milk. I do not think they will last long, so those who come earlier will benefit the most. I look forward to a great show tomorrow, and thank everyone for their input, even the sarcastic ones.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/12 11:37:30 (permalink)
    Leechef and iluvcfood,
    I tried your suggestion last night. The flavor was good, but I needed many more than one mouse to make the chili.
    Ed
     

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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/12 11:48:17 (permalink)
    Ed
    How many times do I have to repeat?  It's two to three pounds of mouse and a bushel of habaneros.  Sheesh.  Pay attention.
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/12 12:28:34 (permalink)
    Thanks for returning to your post.  It validates you and your mission.
     
    Really, if you use that amount of habaneros, you may hurt yourself in the preparation AND after the first person tastes your chili, no one else will except the macho-ist of the I can eat anything type.
     
    Oh... are you putting any fruit in to your chili?  Habaneros match up well with fruit. 
     
    Please let us know the results of the cook-off and your chili.  It shall be interesting.
     
    ps... wear gloves and goggles when prepping those habaneros.  Just a valid warning.
     
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    Re:Chili for Crowds! 2013/04/17 22:39:40 (permalink)
    Well we already know who came in last place, I wonder how the rest of the field did.............
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