What's in your chili?

Discussion in 'The Iron Chef' started by Tripel, Nov 19, 2010.

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  1. Tripel

    Tripel Puritan Board Senior

    I've noticed that a lot of people (men especially) take great pride in their homemade chili. I definitely fall into that category, but I'm always interested to hear about others' concoctions. So what's in your chili?
  2. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Lots of Hamburger and or Venison. Lots of Kidney Beans. Tomato Juice. Onions. Bell Peppers. Yes, we had spaghetti. But not much.
  3. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    Meat and Chiles, that's about it. Of course there are infinite variations and I have developed several very good chilis both red and green that have won some contests. But, I don't let out my secrets. ;)
  4. Andres

    Andres Puritan Board Doctor

    I take no pride in my chili because its non-existent. My wife makes the chili in our house and it's the best. She puts meat, various beans, and lots of spices. It's got to be extra hot and spicy for us!
  5. Tripel

    Tripel Puritan Board Senior

    My chili is pretty involved. In addition to some of the basics (tomatoes, onion, celery, kidney beans, spices, beef, tomato sauce) I always include cocoa powder, beer, refried beans (to thicken it up), and pepperoni.
  6. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    Pepperoni? That sounds like an Italian chili. Might as well add some wine also.
  7. MLCOPE2

    MLCOPE2 Puritan Board Junior

    Bacon, Bacon, and more Bacon!
  8. Zenas

    Zenas Snow Miser

    Ground White Rhino.
  9. nwink

    nwink Puritan Board Sophomore

  10. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    beef, onions, mild to medium peppers, canned diced tomatoes, garlic, red pepper (to put in the heat that's missing from the peppers), paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt.

    Beans don't belong in Chili.
  11. CIT

    CIT Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    My bowl of chili has a spoon in it, now nothing, now a spoon, now nothing, now a spoon, now nothing.....Hey where did my chili go?
  12. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    Edward is correct. Chili does not have beans. Chili Soup might, but not Chili. I saw a fellow get tossed from a cook off just last year because he entered with a recipe containing beans. The judges scorned him greatly.
  13. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    Ditto to the no beans. Heresy.
  14. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    Thanks for the reminder. I'll throw in Paprika, as well.
  15. MLCOPE2

    MLCOPE2 Puritan Board Junior

    Now I'm starting to get hungry
  16. Tripel

    Tripel Puritan Board Senior

    Oh puh-leaze. Chili absolutely has beans, at least the best varieties do. You are all terribly misguided. Whether or not beans were included in the original chili con carne is a moot point. What's important now is that the addition of beans over the last hundred years has brought the dish to a whole new level of greatness. As does the addition of tomatoes and chocolate.

    Booooooo on your beanless chili!
  17. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    Well, ..., your concept of chili is just full of beans.:D
  18. goodnews

    goodnews Puritan Board Freshman

    And a double booooo at that. Nothing goes better with deer meat and spices. Thanks to everyone for some new ideas.
  19. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    Here is a basic green chile recipe that I posted in another thread, see below.

    And, here is another green chili recipe I have posted before:

    Here are two other chili threads from the past with the same debate and more recipes. http://www.puritanboard.com/f24/chili-time-10276/
  20. TexanRose

    TexanRose Puritan Board Sophomore

    My chili has...beans! I like it best with a ratio of one pound dry beans to one pound meat. Yes, that's a lot of beans. Usually a blend of black beans & kidney beans plus a few pintos or whatever else I have on hand. I add lots of fresh garlic, fresh jalapenos and other peppers, diced tomatoes (usually canned), diced onions, and various spices. If it needs thickening up, tomato paste.

    Recently discovered that I can toss a hunk of frozen hamburger (preferably very lean) straight into the crockpot with the dry beans and other ingredients. Cook for a looonnng time (overnight plus most of the next day), adding liquids as needed, and voila, chili. I'm sure this violates all kinds of food safety rules, but it sure is a time saver, and delicious to boot.
  21. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    What's in my chili? I guess it all depends on what's been on the road recently.
  22. christiana

    christiana Puritan Board Senior

    Williams Chili Mix; its the very best! Why make it complicated and time consuming when Williams has figured it all out perfectly!
  23. Mushroom

    Mushroom Puritan Board Doctor

    Try this:

    Dr. Pepper Chili
    3 tbsp. Bacon drippings
    2 large onions chopped
    1 bell pepper chopped
    3 tbsp. Red pepper
    5 cloves garlic minced
    1 tsp. oregano
    1 tbsp. Cumin
    6 large fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
    1 small can green chilies
    2 tsp. Salt
    2 tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
    3 lbs ground beef
    3 lbs ground pork
    2 12 oz. Cans (reduced by1/2) Dr. Pepper
    2 cups water
    4 tbsp. Chicken base
    2 cans kidney beans, drained
    2 jalapenos, fine diced
    6 oz. Can tomato paste
    8 tbsp. Chili powder

    Render fat from bacon (save fat from cooked bacon).
    Saute all vegetables and garlic in rendered fat.
    Separately brown all beef and pork and drain excess fat.
    Add beef and pork into sauteed vegetables.
    Add all other ingredients and simmer for 1-2 hours.​
    Remember to first reduce the Dr. Pepper by 50% before adding it to the Chili (bring Dr. Pepper to a boil and simmer until quantity is half)

    Servings: 8 quarts
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