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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2013/02/07 14:56:18 (permalink)
Grapes in tomato based sauce? I can't see how that would be a plus. I just think restaurants do it to appeal to the chi-chi crowd, in much the same manner that adding beer to chili would appeal to macho beer drinkers. The two markets might after all correlate very well.
 
Me though I dismiss both as marketing gimmicks and order something else.
 

 
 
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2013/02/07 15:54:40 (permalink)
I use an IPA
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2013/02/07 17:38:05 (permalink)
Why add plain water when you could add something that would actually add flavor to the dish.  I do add a darker or amber beer to deglaze my chili pot after browning the meat.  It adds richness to the dish
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2013/02/07 18:26:35 (permalink)
I never use water
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2013/02/07 19:02:30 (permalink)
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Grapes in tomato based sauce? I can't see how that would be a plus. I just think restaurants do it to appeal to the chi-chi crowd, in much the same manner that adding beer to chili would appeal to macho beer drinkers. The two markets might after all correlate very well.

Me though I dismiss both as marketing gimmicks and order something else.



 
As I recall, Clemenza added red wine to the tomato-based pasta gravy he made for his "soldiers" when they "went to the matresses". 

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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2013/02/07 19:34:11 (permalink)
My Italian Grandma frequently added a little homemade red wine (grandpa made it) into the Sunday gravy. It's a fairly common add in. I do it often, Good Italian cooking!...oh and I sometimes put beer in our chili...
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2013/02/09 17:30:55 (permalink)
ChrisOC

I always have trouble trying to smoke the beer.

You are using cheap rolling paper!

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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2013/02/09 19:43:05 (permalink)
LOL, Tom!
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2013/02/12 05:59:51 (permalink)
I don't think it taste any better putting chili on beer. Sounds awkward for me never tried doing so.
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2013/02/12 06:18:48 (permalink)
Hops, as found in a good IPA, do ad a nice edge
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2013/05/15 08:13:48 (permalink)
Great way to put the beer. I liked the way.
Please share more tips, I think it's not worked well.
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/01 14:12:28 (permalink)
My personal 2¢.  I've been putting beer in chili for 40 years.  I am a strong dark German beer lover, like doublebocks, however I only used a dark beer once in chili and I didn't care for the overpowering flavor enhancement.  I use lighter beers, but not light beer.  IMO it imparts just a bit of flavor that I prefer.  And I put in 2 different kinds of beans.  neener neener neener!
YMMV
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/01 14:43:50 (permalink)
I agree about the dark beer. Yuenglings Black and Tan worked whenI used it, tthough.
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/01 14:47:55 (permalink)
I don't see the mystery here.
Added at the proper time it deglazes the pot.
That, not flavor, is its primary function.
 
 
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Edit:  It seems this is an old thread and I have repeated myself.
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2015/03/01 14:51:49
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/01 15:13:52 (permalink)
Guinness is nice in a good beef or lamb stew.
 
I never put beer in chili. I know folks who put dark rum in chili.
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/01 16:13:25 (permalink)
MetroplexJim
 
Edit:  It seems this is an old thread and I have repeated myself.


You are forgiven......you originally posted it two years ago.  Everyone knows that memory starts to fade in the elderly.
 
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/01 16:38:21 (permalink)
Memory is the second thing to go
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/01 16:57:56 (permalink)
Sorry to be the resurrectionist.  I think I'll have a beer now.
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/01 17:00:55 (permalink)
Always a good move
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/02 09:53:55 (permalink)
I always add beer to chili, it adds a flavor that I enjoy. I usually use 3-4 habaneros, 3 jalapenos, 1 ghost chile, and 1 scorpion pepper, I think beer brings out their flavor of the chiles better.
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/04 13:39:58 (permalink)
Since "chili" varies so much place to place, it's not surprising what acceptably goes in it varies as well.  Heck, people argue over what specific cut(s) of beef goes in, what grind, or not ground but chopped.
 
I always put a little beer in my chili.  It means the cook gets a little as well.  If not more.
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/04 15:34:56 (permalink)
I've never tried adding beer to my chile.  I like it without it so I don't think I'd want to try changing it.  
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/04 16:05:15 (permalink)
I find that an IPA adds something
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/04 17:57:18 (permalink)
I put beer in my belly.
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/08 13:06:39 (permalink)
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I find that an IPA adds something

Why add plain water when you could add something that would actually add flavor to the dish.  I do add a darker or amber beer to deglaze my chili pot after browning the meat.  It adds richness to the dish
 
LOL
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/08 14:58:33 (permalink)
If I'm making serious chili, I use "chili cut" beef (I use shoulder "london broil", cut it into 1/4" strips, then cut each strip into 1/4" cubes), brown in small batches, deglazing with beef broth. I do add beer to the chili. My Texan friends say use Lone Star, but they also say use only Ancho chilies, and I like to put in a a few chipotles.
 
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Re:Why put BEER in chili? 2015/03/08 15:05:31 (permalink)
Oh well, opinions vary
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