Questions about the American dish, Chili con carne, and variations - NOT the peppers.

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Is it a good idea to use cardamom in chili?

I am preparing a chili for a contest. The recipe calls for cardamom (along with chili powder and cumin). I have never cooked with it before. From my research, it seems this spice is used more commonly ...
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What can be used to thicken chili other than masa harina?

We like to make our own chili and it seems like masa harina is pretty traditionally used as a thickening agent. However, I don't particularly like the flavor it adds and I always have to add more ...
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Salty Chili and too spicy [closed]

I cooked chili with lime/chili pepper seasonings. It's too salty and too spicy. How do I fix it? The seasonings were packaged by Whole Foods, called Tequila Lime Seasonings
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Can I put raw ground beef in the crockpot when making chili?

When making chili in the crockpot, must the ground beef or turkey be precooked, or can I just throw everything in and cook it all day?
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What would be good substitute for Thyme and Oregano in Chili [closed]

I'm not so good with spices, wanted to know what would be good substitutes for thyme and oregano. I'm not even sure I can pick up the taste that it adds to the chili, but one of my friends was able to ...
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Canned cubed tomatoes vs crushed

I have a recipe (for pumpkin turkey chili) which calls for 14 oz can of cubed tomatoes. All I have is either 10 oz cube canned tomatoes or 14 oz crushed tomatoes. Which should I use? Does it make a ...
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Seasoning Chili for Young Children

We have a 3 year old toddler who is not a fan of spicy foods. She doesn't like heat of any type, and doesn't like strong flavors. How can we season a turkey chili to keep her happy, and still make it ...
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Chili with bitter aftertaste and not enough kick

I cooked chili using the following ingedients: Oil for sauteing 1.5 pounds beef, minced 1 large white onion, finely chopped 1 red bell peper, diced 1 orange bell pepper, diced 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 ...
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Chili/Stew - Is it necessary to cook all the meat before adding to the rest of the ingredients?

I'm planning on making a big batch of chili this weekend. Usually I brown/cook all the meat before putting everything in a pot to simmer for several hours. I just read On Browning Ground Meat in ...
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What would be good preservatives for chili to give it a longer shelf life?

Everyone says we make a great chili and I was thinking about selling it at Chili festivals etc... and was wondering does anyone have any ideas of what preservatives would make the shelf life stretch ...
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How to thicken Chili without compromising flavor

I enjoy adding beer to a pot of chili for taste, but at times find the end result is too soupy. What's a good way to thicken it without overcooking or compromising the flavor?
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Fixing oily chili

I fried my ground beef and onions for chili in olive oil and didn't drain it. Now my chili tastes oily. Is there any way to fix it?
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Why put cinnamon in chili?

We had an office chili cook-off recently (I didn't enter). Two of the chili recipes presented used cinnamon predominately, perhaps even overpoweringly (IMO). Given that they also heavily sweetened ...
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Recreating a Mexican spice blend I have bought

I previous bought a pre-made spice blend from a health food store which I absolutely loved however its $5 per 30g which is pretty expensive so I was thinking I would try and recreate it. The ...
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Does the choice of peppers affect the 'flavor of the heat'?

Working with a variation of this chili recipe I meticulously cleaned my peppers of seeds and veins to produce a 'milder' chili. Unfortunately this batch was almost 'too mild' (heat wise, the flavor ...
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Selecting [corn] for Pozole?

I have between 7pm tonight and 5pm tomorrow to make a pozole. Specifically, it will be a red pozole styled chili, using a rubbed and smoked seitan 'meat' to sub for pork. The dish will be vegan. What ...
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Suggested edible quantity/scaling of Habanero Pepper per pound of meat

I would like to use habenero pepper in a chili, but would like to know how many fresh peppers / pound of chili should I use to maintain an edible chili or another what amount is safe to start with. I ...
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How do I scale serrano chile?

I'm following a recipe that calls for 2 chiles serranos and serves 6. The dish is not hot/spicy at all, and I wouldn't want to lose this when scaling. I need to scale by 6, and the dish should serve ...
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What happens to the heat/capsaicin content of a pepper when you roast it?

We received some extremely hot peppers of some sort in our CSA bin. They're a light green color and look like under-ripe habaneros, and we can't for the life of us figure out what kind of pepper they ...
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How should I cook a ham bone for chili?

I want to make chili using a ham bone (with a little meat on it). How should I cook it to make good use of both the meat and the bone?
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Undercooked beans in chili?

I made a bit of a mistake, being a lazy bachelor and inexperienced at cooking. I was making chili and when it came time to add beans I discovered I didn't have any canned beans. I did however have ...
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Is there a “safe” way to cook ghost chili?

I may want plant some ghost chili pepper, but I am afraid it will be too hot to eat. Is there any safe method to prepare/cook ghost chili which will not reproduce insanely hot heat from the throat to ...
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How do I cut bones in preparing a fast brown stock (“fond brun rapide”)?

I tried to prepare the bone and skin from a ham shank for use as a kind of brown sauce or stock. The purpose was to fold the reduction into a beef/pork chili. I was very pleased with the flavor that ...
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Chili cooking time

I've often heard that the key to a great chili is letting the ingredients soak and/or simmer for a really long time. However, all the recipes that I'm finding suggest about a 30 minute simmer once the ...
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Would a cast iron pot work well for chili? If so, why?

Is there anything to the cliched image of the big ol' cast iron pot filled with fiery chili? We have some cast-iron skillets and love them, but I've heard that you're not supposed to cook tomatoes ...
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What would convert this chili recipe into a Russian chili?

Not sure exactly how to ask this. I was looking for a Russian Chili Recipe, and being from Siberia myself I never really encountered it before. Therefore I took a traditional recipe and modified it a ...
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What makes white chili white?

What makes white chili white; is it just the lack of tomatoes, substitution of broth for tomato base? I am working on a vegan mushroom based chili and am wondering if it would technically be a (chili) ...
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Help with a chili recipe: need help on fruit/sweet selection

Follow up to Bean Selection I am planning on making a new chili using grilled venison, Great Lakes Black Out Stout, and roasted corn. There was a sister thread to this about deciding on a bean. Thanks ...
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Bean selection for a chili recipe

I am planning on making a new chili using grilled venison, Great Lakes Black Out Stout, and roasted corn (I'm in Ohio and sweet corn is getting good right now). My least favorite part of making and ...