Seasoned Advice is a question and answer site for professional and amateur chefs. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I made chili last night and it is way too oniony. I know you can use potatoes to make things less salty; any advice on making already made food less oniony?

share|improve this question
Can you describe what you mean by "oniony"? Did it taste too much onion? Was it a raw onion taste, a burnt onion taste or a cooked onion taste? How and when did you add the onions? Generally all flavours will mellow out with cooking. – citizen Jan 7 '13 at 18:08
I love oniony garlicky chilies. – Blessed Geek Jan 7 '13 at 19:45

Make another batch of chili with no or reduced onions, and combine them--freeze if needed, so you can use it all. This is the only reasonly guaranteed way to resolve the issue. Chili freezes and holds very well, so this might be practical even though somewhat extravagent with the ingredients.

I know that isn't what you want to hear, but it is the truth. BTW, the potato and salt reduction thing is a kitchen myth.

share|improve this answer

Since it is already made, simmer the chili at low heat for another hour or so allowing the onions to cook further and soften. They will slowly dissolve into the stew and the oniony flavour won't be as harsh.

Generally all flavours will mellow out with cooking. (@citizen)

Adding a bit of sugar or agave nectar may cut the oniony taste as a last ditch effort.

Furthermore, if you don't like the oniony flavour that onions do tend to impart on dishes, try caramelizing onions instead of a quick saute or slow sweat. Caramelized onions will add a much sweeter, milder onion depth-of-flavour without the harsh (sometimes bitter) kick of raw onions.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.