How do you make your basic chili?

United States
May 27, 2008 12:14pm CST
I brown my hambuger with one red onion chopped/ drain grease. I add several cans of pork n beans, kidney beans, chili beans, 1 large can of tomato soup with about equal water. Lots of spices, garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder. And let it simmer for at least an hour. Ever tried it the way I do it? What is your basic chili recipe?
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8 responses
28 May 08
I'm a vegetarian so I do mine slightly differently. First I put some red kidney beans in a pan to boil then I chop and add an onion, jalapenos and some garlic to some oil. I then add some veggie mince. After about ten minutes I add chilli powder, cumin and corriander. I then add a tube of tomato puree and some water. That's it apart from adding the red kidney beans once they've been on boil for a while. I then let it simmer for as long as possible.
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29 May 08
what is veggie mince? Chopped vegtables? Why do you boil the beans?--helps the beans be softer?
29 May 08
It's made from soya but has the same texture as meat mince. It's a great substitute. Yeah I boil the beans to soften them a bit.
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• United States
1 Jun 08
A new way to make chili. I do need to look at a health food store as my husband is diabetic. The nearest one is 30 miles away but hubby could stop by there from work. Thank you for the idea.
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
27 May 08
My boyfriend makes great chili, In fact, it's his signature dish. Without giving away too many of his secrets, along with ground beef he uses bacon, kilebasa, and stew beef. This gives the chili a nice smoky taste and a varied texture. He has even used ground buffalo when he can find it. I also like adding ground turkey. We've been eating more of that lately. He likes his spicier than I do, so we make it about medium spicy and then we have lots of different hot sauces for him to choose from. If I have it, I also like sour cream and shredded cheddar with my chili.
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28 May 08
Not sure where I could find buffalo here. Ground turkey I havent tried but have heard of doing that. What is kilebasa? Ive never aquired a taste for sour cream but that is how my hubby likes his.
• United States
28 May 08
Kilebasa is a polish sausage. It has a very smokey taste. It's a bit greasy, but I like it.
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• United States
29 May 08
I wouldnt like the grease. Or do you cook all the meat togehter and then drain the grease? I wonder if using a bit of smoke flavoring would do the trick?
@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
28 May 08
I just get a can of chili beans, some corn, some tomato sause, some dehydrated diced onions, a little bit of maple syrup, and some morningstar farms fake ground meat and put it together and cook it. I may also sometimes add a bit of cheese and salsa or even a bit of instant mashed potatoes or a bit of yellow corn meal... I kind of invent my own recipe depending on what I feel like eating. As I live alone, I do not have to worry about pleasing anyone else's palate with my cooking.
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• United States
28 May 08
An unusal way to make chili. I doubt I would like it. Your right everyone is differnt and has differnt ways of making chili.
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
28 May 08
I've never made chili before, I think it's an American thing! However it sounds good and if I made it I would put truckloads of garlic in it, along with tomato soup and yeah, corn would be nice. I would also put green capsicum in it, as someone else above said and plenty of chunky onion. What sort of chili do you use? I think I would only use one or two chilis in a big pot. I might make this for dinner- I'm hungry now!
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• United States
28 May 08
I just use a chili powder or chili spice mix from the store. My hubby would kill me if it was hot as he has heartburn problems. I hope you enjoy your chili
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
27 May 08
I just made a big pot of chili a while ago. I browned my hamburger and salted it and drained the grease off it. I returned it to the pan and added some tomato sauce to it, along with some chili beans and some spaghetti noodles and some chili powder. I also add some salsa to it and some chopped tomatoes and chopped onions. I have never tried proknbeans, kidney beans or tomato soup. I have never tried it by adding garlic either. I will have to try that sometime.
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• United States
28 May 08
We love garlic. So I use alot of garlic powder. Salsa would add flavor as well as vegt. Although it would be a bit spicy. I like the varieties everyone is coming up with.
@tdemex (3545)
• United States
27 May 08
I do it the same as you . I drain the juice from the beans. Plus with the browning of the hamburger and onion I also add cut up green peppers and cut up celery. Take a little longer, but that's the way my dad did it when I was growing up, so just stuck with it!
• United States
28 May 08
I leave the juice from the beans-That is how I cut down on water. And it keeps it thick. Never heard of using green peppers and celery but it would add to the flavor. Cool.
@spalladino (17922)
• United States
27 May 08
I've never tried it that way but I think I will. My husband is the chili maker in our family and, since he is Italian, he puts Ragu sauce in it along with canned tomatoes, chopped green peppers, onions, garlic, chili powder, red peppers and black pepper.
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• United States
27 May 08
That sounds more like spagitti. Interesting.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
27 May 08
basically the same. But, I add a little sugar as well. It kilss the acidity in the tomatoes making it less tomatoey tasting. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• United States
27 May 08
I never thought of sugar. Usually the pepper, and garlic take out the tomato taste, that and letting it cook an hour.