Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili?

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2011/07/17 17:44:05 (permalink)

Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili?

Would you not order it if it was beanless, if so, why?
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    Twinwillow
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/17 17:46:22 (permalink)
    Hah! I'm from Texas. I wouldn't order it if it had beans in it!
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/17 17:51:08 (permalink)
    ARE YOU CRAZY????????
    You NEVER put beans in Chili!
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/17 18:01:30 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    ARE YOU CRAZY????????
    You NEVER put beans in Chili!

    I couldn't agree more, many folks are beaners though!

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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/17 18:13:43 (permalink)
    Love chili both ways!!!!!
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/17 18:24:35 (permalink)
    I definitely prefer beans but it's not a deal breaker either way.. Don't want to waylay the thread but my wife is very picky about chili, can't stand chunks of meat, only likes ground meat.
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/17 18:27:50 (permalink)
    ces1948

    I definitely prefer beans but it's not a deal breaker either way.. Don't want to waylay the thread but my wife is very picky about chili, can't stand chunks of meat, only likes ground meat.

     
    I too actually prefer my chili with (coarse) ground meat rather than "chunks".
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/17 19:01:25 (permalink)
    I use good quality chuck roast and I cut my "Chunks" to about the size of a grape. They cook down a little smaller and become as tender as can be when cooked low & slow. Add much more texture and flavor to the Chili than ground beef.
    Ground chuck's ok if you're in a hurry.
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/17 19:42:36 (permalink)
    no beans and if there are I eat around them
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/17 19:47:37 (permalink)
    you should listen to the Tommy Alverson song " No Beans" a recipe for chili set to music from the album "buy me a bar"
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/18 01:33:53 (permalink)
    According to my Texas friends, if you want chili with beans, you cook them separately and then mix them. When I make chili from scratch, I NEVER use beans.
     
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/18 07:53:10 (permalink)
    Of course there are beans in my chili. My great uncle was president of the Michigan Bean Company, and to this day they make the Jack Rabbit Beans brand. So I grew up with beans in everything.
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/18 08:12:41 (permalink)
    If it has beans it's soup, not chili. In fact, I intend to have some bean soup today, along with cornbread and a couple of coneys at Phillips Coney Island.
    post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2011/07/18 08:14:14
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/18 08:16:02 (permalink)
    The old saw is "anyone who knows beans about chili knows that chili doesn't have any beans" and I tend to agree.
     
    However my wife sometimes adds beans to a chili and I am not one to correct her cooking. 
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/18 10:29:21 (permalink)
    I always figured beans in chili were a means of stretching it to feed more people when you were too poor to afford more meat...much like putting elbow macaroni in goulash. Which means chili always has beans where I come from, because we didn't have much money at all when I was growing up.
     
    However, beans or no beans is not a deal-breaker for me either way. If it's got beans, I'll eat them. If it doesn't have beans, I'll still eat it. But they better not skimp on the meat if they refuse to use beans.
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/18 11:09:41 (permalink)
    I love it either way. I'll put red and black beans in when I make it, just love the flavors.
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/19 06:02:05 (permalink)
    In the area I live in, there is no such thing as chili without beans. Seriously, all chili has beans in it.
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/19 07:08:30 (permalink)
    chili is so rich, imho it has to go >with< something.... to me, eating a bowl of beanless chili is like eating a bowl of sausage gravy.................
     
    beanless chili over rice or cornbread, sure.
    beanless chili on nachos or a hot dog, sure.
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/19 07:58:59 (permalink)
    I prefer beanless chili.  However, I'll overlook the beans if it's good chili.  (Exception: Hot dog chili should always be beanless.  Beans, like ketchup, simply don't belong on a dog.)
    post edited by MellowRoast - 2011/07/19 08:02:00
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/19 13:47:34 (permalink)
    I like them all.  Chili with beans, without beans, beans on the side.  I love beans so for me that is the best part of chili.  Especially Bushie's beans!
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/19 14:42:51 (permalink)
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    In the area I live in, there is no such thing as chili without beans. Seriously, all chili has beans in it.

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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/19 17:28:18 (permalink)
    In truth, if it tastes good, I have NO problem eating a good chili with beans!
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/21 07:31:08 (permalink)
    I will eat chili either way...and lots of it...lol
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/21 11:20:25 (permalink)
    Chili should not have beans, if you add beans you then have beans ranchero not chili!!
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/21 14:18:44 (permalink)
    Interesting replies.  I think the better question might be will you eat chili with beans?  I know most formal chili cook-offs are 'no bean' but some local fundraiser ones have any and all different recipes.
     
    Saying chili with beans is not chili is, IMO like saying a vodka martini is not a martini (though I tend to agree with the latter ) Texas Chili Cook-Offs notwithstanding..
     
    When I make chili, I use both stew meat cut into small pieces and ground beef.  I tend to use dark red kidney beans, but will use both dark and red.
     
    I like chili with or without beans, but I'm kind of a wuss and don't like it too spicy.
     
    post edited by eruby - 2011/07/21 14:22:06
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/21 17:56:53 (permalink)
    If I eat chili with beans, people wish I were on a desert island.  So I don't eat 'em.
     
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/21 23:15:23 (permalink)
    Louis
    If I eat chili with beans, people wish I were on a desert island.  So I don't eat 'em.

    Too Much Information!
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2011/07/22 05:08:36 (permalink)
    Seriously, I think the beans take something away from the overall taste of the chili.  It's comparable to what an extra large bun will do to a hamburger: it takes away from the overall taste.
     
    In my experience, beans might add texture to the mastication of eating the meal, but they soften the overall impact of what the spices do to the tongue.  However, there are some chili concoctions where beans are actually welcome to tone down the chili's hotness; so I can see both sides of the issue.  It really depends on the recipe.
     
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2012/02/26 20:15:41 (permalink)
    I like it both ways
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    Re:Do you HAVE to have beans in your chili? 2012/02/26 21:40:13 (permalink)
    I never care for beans in my chili.  My big concern is always how much onion and garlic to use.  I always say the more the better..  The other concern of course is how hot and spicy to make it.  I just made my first chili with small chunks of pork and kielbasi with loads of onions and garlic and it was received well..over bow tie pasta.
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