Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili

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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2010/11/20 12:00:37 (permalink)
Twinwillow

I second the cinnamon as well.


Your talking Cincinnati Chili.

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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2010/11/20 13:17:11 (permalink)
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Twinwillow

I second the cinnamon as well.


Your talking Cincinnati Chili.

 
Don't forget the celery!
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2010/11/20 13:53:45 (permalink)
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chewingthefat

Twinwillow

I second the cinnamon as well.


Your talking Cincinnati Chili.


Don't forget the celery!

I always have a stalk or two in my pocket.!

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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2010/11/21 15:13:49 (permalink)
 Only 1/2 tsp, you'd never guess the cinnamon was in there! But... it will change tha flavor.
 
Chewer... shhh, about secret Cincinnati Chili stuff! They keep that behind locked vaults for a reason.
 
Joe, now that is a smart idea!
 
And Chewer... you a wise cookie! Just one of the many reasons I can think of is that you never know when you might be offered a Buffalo Wing w/ no celery! Blue cheese is kinda hard to keep in your pocket so U gotta take your chinces w/ that. :~*#@
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2010/11/21 15:34:31 (permalink)
A wee bit of chocolate.  Maybe the equivalent of 1/3 - 1/2 of one of those squares of baker's chocolate to a 4 qt crockpot.
 
No tomatoes ever.  Toasted, then soaked, then pureed and strained chiles, mostly New Mexico but whatever else I can get my hands on too.  I live in an area with a large Hispanic population and so have access to all kinds of different chiles.  I love some chipotle chile in my chili too.
 
When the sauteed veggies of whatever kind are almost done, sprinkle the cumin in too and let it saute a bit.
 
I'm going to try the pinch of cinnamon next time I make chili, that does sound good.  Maybe an even smaller pinch of clove too.
 
 
 
 
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2010/11/21 15:50:59 (permalink)
How about that.  I just knew there was another use for my Dunkin' Donuts coffee that I hadn't thought of.
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2010/11/21 17:36:59 (permalink)
I'll have to think on the cinnamon for a while, though.
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2010/11/21 19:06:53 (permalink)
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I'll have to think on the cinnamon for a while, though.

 
Ketchup & most all BBQ sauces have cinnamon in them.   If a BBQ place adds cinnamon in their dry rub or to their sauce to the point I can taste it, then it's heat burn time for me.  .... I don't have to think about it, I don't like cinnamon add to my BBQ or chilli. 
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2010/11/21 21:40:18 (permalink)
Vegemite.
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2010/11/22 07:06:57 (permalink)
chewingthefat 
I always have a stalk or two in my pocket.!

Does that make you a stalker? " />
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2010/11/22 07:53:53 (permalink)
My secret is THE SOURCE
Blow your socks off
http://www.hotsauceworld.com/source.html
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2010/11/22 10:06:50 (permalink)
Hot sauce or concentrated chile oils work for heat.
 
I used to use a drop or two of Dave's Insanity for heat. Then I realized I liked the taste of the chile powders better without the added heat.
 
I think what makes my chili taste good is that I use lard to brown the meat and I always take the pan off the heat when I add the chile powders.  They scorch easily and that can ruin the taste of the entire dish.
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2012/12/19 22:38:06 (permalink)
Anybody in Austin reading? Savory Spice Shop on w.6th street is a dynamite secret weapon. They're nut jobs for fresh spices, grinding in-house and featuring tons of oddball spices.
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2012/12/20 22:11:34 (permalink)
MellowRoast

I'll have to think on the cinnamon for a while, though.
Don't think about it ...toss one in and give it a try...of course the squeeze of lime at the end with oregano rounds out the aromatics...and balances the cinnamon.

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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2012/12/20 22:20:37 (permalink)
Does anyone have a basic, "can't miss" recipe for Texas Red?  We bought a variety of chili powder blends from Pendrey's and want to compare them without a bunch of variables in the recipe complicating things.
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2012/12/21 11:24:51 (permalink)
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Does anyone have a basic, "can't miss" recipe for Texas Red?  We bought a variety of chili powder blends from Pendrey's and want to compare them without a bunch of variables in the recipe complicating things.

 
I humbly submit, the following,basic,authentic Texas Red Chili recipe http://www.scrumptiousche...hentic-Texas-Red-Chili no onions,no tomatoes, it's genuine. Please put on an old Ernest Tubb lp and squint toward San Angelo whilst cooking.
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2012/12/21 11:57:35 (permalink)
s-chef,
 
Thanks for the recipe link.  That is close to what we have been using, no tomatoes, but we use onions. 
 
I always thought tomatoes were a part of chili, and have seen some "Texas Red" recipes that use tomatoes.  I like that your version doesn't use them.  I find that tomatoes make chili too acidic for my taste and leaving them out helps me better enjoy the different flavors of the chili blends I purchased.
 
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2012/12/21 12:15:00 (permalink)
Please do not cook with the onions. Use them as a garnish, it makes a big difference, removes the sweet notes that cloud the chili.
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2012/12/21 17:36:01 (permalink)
My real secret is to cook the meat over an open flame. If I'm using ground beef I make burgers, then chop them up into the chili; if I'm using whole beef, I slice steaks, grill them then cube them into the pot.
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2012/12/22 02:14:08 (permalink)
Love it, great secret weapon. Par grill and/or smoke your meats. I've done it. Love the subtle smoke flavor it gives.
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2012/12/22 18:09:45 (permalink)
Absolutely no cinnamon in my chili.
I think the worst thing the butcher shop makes is chili meat.  Too much fat and gristle.
 
I prefer a bit of onion, garlic and tomatoes (or tomato sauce) in mine.  I don't care for a thick, heavy meat only chili, so if eaten alone, I always add beans. 
 
When my kids were small, they didn't like the tomato based spaghetti sauces, so I always made a pot of chili to use instead.  They still like it that way.
 
If it's in the house, a partial can of coke is good for a change in flavor.
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Re:Secret Weapon In Your Texas Red Chili 2013/01/07 23:21:49 (permalink)
Short time lurker, first time poster here.
Just finished a batch of my first true Texas Red. By true I mean no onion, no celery, no tomato, dried chiles... Felt weird at first, but tastedgoodman.
 
My 'secret' weapons in it (along with any chili) are equal parts chuck  pork smoked brisket, instant coffee,dirty chocolate 70% , cayenne pepper, and sometimes just a small splash of good European cider vinegar. Always a bottle of premium lager, always room temperature. I also have a bag of dried ghost peppers that are surprisingly weak, but I threw one in just because anchos are hard to find where I am.
 
Cheers!
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