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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/13 17:07:34 (permalink)
No beans as they do unpleasant things to me but I always add hot breakfast sausage, onions, bell peppers, Jalapeno peppers, cumin, ground beef, cubed beef that is browned with flour and chili spices, salt and pepper.

i do it in the crock pot on low for about 8 hours. Smells really god and works well with Tennessee fried cornbread. I add some sugar to my corn bread. It is not cause i like it but it is cause the family does. I have to get along with the tribe

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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/13 17:23:36 (permalink)
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Originally posted by txtwister

Green chilies are a must in my chili, along with coffee. I also love a bit of vinegar in my bowl of chili, but not cooked in.

TT, in my neck of the Plains growing up, the usual accessories on the table were salt & pepper, ketchup, and Crystal peppers in vinegar shaker bottle. I still like to put ketchup and vinegar on top of the served bowl. I never use either in cooking chili, only after.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/13 17:35:33 (permalink)
Bill, you'll still find those exact bottles on tables in every little restaurant and "cafe" around here. (I'm out sort of between Abilene and Lubbock.)
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/16 10:01:29 (permalink)
I usually add some chopped up dill pickles to my bowl of chili. It's pretty good.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/16 10:53:17 (permalink)
Try a large spoon of grape jelly.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/16 16:26:32 (permalink)
Yesterday when I was watching the morning news, they played this horrible commercial which looked like a cooking segment. It was from Williams Seasonings and it was for chili with chocolate in it. The "2 chili cooks" said to use between 2 and 6 Hershey's kisses. I don't think I'm brave enough to try it.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/16 17:52:18 (permalink)
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Originally posted by PapaJoe8

Not so normal things to add when cooking a pot of chili. Dont knock em till uve tried em! Not necessarily all at once. Every pot has it's own soul!!

Ranch dip mix, peanut butter, chocolate, celery, carrots.... anyone have more???
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New Mexican green chile, along with the red, is excellent in chile con carne.

Green chile stew (which contains green chile, whatever kind of meat you like and potatoes and maybe tomatoes) is another dish entirely, and is another food of the gods.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/17 11:06:44 (permalink)
has anyone mentioned carrots?
I just don't like carrots in chili. Carrots in stew, definately. But leave them out of Chili, please!
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/17 11:22:51 (permalink)
i will add cinnamon in mine to cut theheat of the habaneros. i had no idea they do this in cincinatti. Is all cincy chili made this way? do texans add sweetness to their chili?
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/17 12:06:18 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Poopy

Yesterday when I was watching the morning news, they played this horrible commercial which looked like a cooking segment. It was from Williams Seasonings and it was for chili with chocolate in it. The "2 chili cooks" said to use between 2 and 6 Hershey's kisses. I don't think I'm brave enough to try it.


I've heard of this, and also adding a square of baker's chocolate or some cocoa powder.

I don't add chocolate myself, but keep in mind that Mexican mole' sauce contains chile plus chocolate or cocoa and other ingredients. Chocolate may not be something you'd want to put in chile con carne, but the flavors aren't as foreign to each other as you might think.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/18 16:49:02 (permalink)
I had an original version of the Aztec chocolate drink. Oh sure, it has cocoa in it, with wine and chili peppers. It wasn't sweet, that's for sure. paoconnell, you're definately right about cocoa and chili not being so foreign!
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/18 19:35:16 (permalink)
I always put Merlot or beer in my chili, but cinnamon? Echhhh.......I don't like the Cincinnatti style chili. I don't like pasta in it either and would most definetely not put bean sprouts or corn in it!

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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/18 19:52:34 (permalink)
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I always put Merlot or beer in my chili, but cinnamon? Echhhh.......I don't like the Cincinnatti style chili. I don't like pasta in it either and would most definetely not put bean sprouts or corn in it!

Andrea


Yes, beer or wine is good cooked in chili. Also good in spaghetti sauce.

When I was a kid in Indiana, the only chili I ever saw served had spaghetti in it. Later (70s) we could get Cincinatti 5 way chili, where you can have your pick of separately offerred ingredients in your bowl. I think the ingredients were spaghetti, chile con carne (probably with cinnamon and/or cocoa), onions, shredded cheese, and beans. Someone here will know.

I attained escape velocity to New Mexico in 1985, and learned how chile, in all its varieties, should be served.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/19 09:43:24 (permalink)
Thanks yall!
Lots of great posts! About sweeteners in Texas chili, I found a recipe at a respected Texas cooking web site that called for a bit of sugar. I had a friend who was famous for his chili, would have big parties, cook a huge vat of chili, and it alwasy had carrots. Lots on comments from the guests but they also ate lots of chili.

Oh, one of my chili secrets, ranch dip mix!
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/19 12:27:50 (permalink)
PapaJoe8,
Every time I see your name, I think of Papa Joes restaurant and marina in Islamorada, FL.
Your name brings back fond memories of living in the keys!
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/21 11:42:13 (permalink)
I always add some chipotle pepper to my chili, as well as a tablespoon of sugar. And I use a can of tomato paste to make a rich broth. And a little garlic.
When we have chili, we always accompany it with a tall, cold glass of chocolate milk, with a lot of chocolate in it. It's a really tasty combination.
But I don't think I'll ever add chocolate to my chili, that sounds nasty. Whoever does that has to be thinking of the Mexican mole sauce, which is wonderful. But putting the two together, IMHO, screws up two good things.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/21 13:41:18 (permalink)
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I always add some chipotle pepper to my chili, as well as a tablespoon of sugar. And I use a can of tomato paste to make a rich broth. And a little garlic.
When we have chili, we always accompany it with a tall, cold glass of chocolate milk, with a lot of chocolate in it. It's a really tasty combination.
But I don't think I'll ever add chocolate to my chili, that sounds nasty. Whoever does that has to be thinking of the Mexican mole sauce, which is wonderful. But putting the two together, IMHO, screws up two good things.

I add beef base, V-8 juice, a tablespoon, or a few, of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup(The dark-even better)and omit
the sugar. Don't forget the cup of coffee.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/21 14:34:29 (permalink)
Coffee?!?
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/21 14:51:37 (permalink)
Poopy, coffee adds a wonderful depth to chili.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/21 15:36:35 (permalink)
after a few days in the pot, and about the time the coffee begins to get some mold on the top, it can be used as a cleaning substance for my brass instrument. Works great.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/21 15:38:33 (permalink)
Sorry, I can't stand to drink coffee or even the smell of coffee. I can't imagine putting it in my chili.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/21 17:42:14 (permalink)
CHOCOLATE SYRUP???!!!
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/22 13:40:12 (permalink)
Only thing we ever put in chili at home was kidney beans and meat and chili seasoning.No peanutbutter,prunes,etc.To me those things are'nt chili,just a mismass of ingredients.
You can even leave out the beans if you want which they do at the cookoffs.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/23 12:20:35 (permalink)
I had chili the other day that had chunks of beef, like you'd find in a stew.
I really didn't like it that way in chili.

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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/02/23 13:29:54 (permalink)
Scorereader, I've always felt there's "home chili" and then there's competition chili. Chili around my house (and when I had my rest.) is ground beef - at least 80/20, if not fattier - or a mix of ground beef and "chili grind" which is a very coarse ground beef, Morton's chili blend, green chilies if I'm in the mood, coffee, jalapenos if I'm in the mood, etc. But I'd be laughed out of the serious chili world with that recipe.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/03/04 16:52:24 (permalink)
Well it looks like we have covered every possible weird thing anyone could think of to put in a pot of chili. Actually, I like and have tried most of the things suggested, but there are a few I havent, but will.

Oh... I did a post about smoked oysters and have now been thinking eversince how they might add to the flavor of some chili???
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/03/04 17:01:59 (permalink)
cilantro brightens it up.
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/03/05 09:14:42 (permalink)
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cilantro brightens it up.


I got chastised for mentioning that I put cliantro in chili on a post several months ago...
(psst--I still do!-don't tell anyone though[;)]-I also use cinammon sugar)
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/03/05 09:59:12 (permalink)
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Well it looks like we have covered every possible weird thing anyone could think of to put in a pot of chili. Actually, I like and have tried most of the things suggested, but there are a few I havent, but will.

Really???

I've a friend that's a professional chef and for a lark at a chili cook off, she made what she called Spam "n Jam chili (grape jam, I believe) . Of course she won. She's won 3 first places plus several 2nd's making it. She uses a variety of fresh and dried chili's, the exact types are known to her alone.
I've a question to those that add pickles to theirs. I'd consider adding Szechuan minced pickles next time. I can't picture any pickles but I haven't tried it and having an open mind, I certainly would if offered a taste. Our local restaurant reviewer downgrades a restaurant when they call a dish by a name that doesn't match what he considers a classic preparation. Now how could a say, French chef, make authentic American chili? It seems that no two area's are the same and Cincinnati, Green Bay, Southwestern and Texas couldn't be more different, not to mention everyones unique concoction. When the meat and spices are in proper balance, they all can be good
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RE: Weird things folks put in chili !^%$#@) 2006/03/05 10:52:32 (permalink)

In place of the Cinnamon I use a small amount of McCormick's Pumpkin pie Spice to my Cincinnati-style Chili. Not enough to drown the basic peppered flavor of the chili, but enough to let you know that there is something in there that isn't Hot pepper.

BTW the Layer'ed chili served in the Cincinnati stands usually isn't in a bowl. They use a small platter shaped dish and add the various ingredients in layers...not all mixed together in one bowl (3-way,4-way,or 5-way). It takes some getting used to, but can be quite good.
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