I have a recipe that calls for a scant amount of cloves. Would nutmeg be a good substitute?

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    What other spices are in the recipe?
    – Catija
    Sep 22 '16 at 8:13
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    Does the recipe call for clove powder (one of the few spices that is more potent than nutmeg!) or whole cloves anyway? Sep 22 '16 at 9:45
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    I would like to remind the people answering that question that "what spices taste good in chili" is not a valid question here. So please don't interpret the question that way, and don't post answers listing other spices for the chili.
    – rumtscho
    Sep 22 '16 at 9:46

In my opinion, yes. Go easy, you can always add more, but you can't take it away.

I would actually grab nutmeg for chili long before I would consider cloves.


I agree with @Jolenealaska and would also suggest allspice or cinnamon. The warmth of those, and adding cumin, does very well in chili.

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