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View Poll Results: Chili: Beans or No Beans
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:42 AM   #11
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International Chili Society says no beans and I agree.

2.5 pounds ground beef
1.5 pound breakfast sausage
2 stalks celery finely chopped (I pulse mine in the food processor)
3 cups worth of onion diced up in the food processor
red pepper flakes to taste
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 cup chili powder, plus more later on if you think you'll need it
two 28 ounce cans diced tomatoes (I like Western Family brand fire roasted tomatoes)
16 ounce can tomato sauce
1/2 cup TEQUILA! plus a couple shots for the cook
1/2 cup thick and pulpy orange juice
cayenne and paprika to taste
canned chipotles (diced) with adobo sauce to taste

Just brown the meat with a little oil and add everything else and simmer until its done. If you need more liquid use equal parts OJ and tequila. Its a good base recipe that is great to tweak and customize.
I'm not a fan of chunky tomato in my chilli, but i'm curious how the OJ and Tequila would go with the flavor.
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:43 AM   #12
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Anyone who eats their chili sans-beans likely consorts with demons and cannot be trusted.

Also, hot. It must be stupid hot. Or at least tingly.

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Old 08-15-2013, 01:44 AM   #13
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My "secret ingredient" in my best chili is oatmeal stout. Mine isn't really roasty in the "roasty" sense, but instead it's more of a coffee roast flavor in the stout. It makes the worlds best chili, because of the "something" in the flavor that can't be placed.

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Old 08-15-2013, 01:50 AM   #14
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Yes beans.

Yes chipotles.

Yes a touch of dark chocolate.

No pasta.

I do a 3 drop chili.

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Old 08-15-2013, 01:51 AM   #15
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The tomatoes pretty much turn to liquid after they simmer for long enough, especially if you stir it enough. Hard core chili cooks keep the heat so low that it basically just pasteurizes it and never stop stirring. I swear by my dutch oven too, it heats evenly and is perfectly seasoned.

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Old 08-15-2013, 01:57 AM   #16
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I'd prefer lots of meat and just a little beans - so I guess I'm on the fence.

However - we have a crapload of tomatoes on our vines this year. I have a smoker. I hear smoking tomatoes makes for a good chili base, so we're definitely up for some experimenting with the recipe this year. And pairing chili with my soon-to-be-kegged Citra/Simcoe/Centennial IPA.

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Old 08-15-2013, 01:58 AM   #17
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My "secret ingredient" in my best chili is oatmeal stout. Mine isn't really roasty in the "roasty" sense, but instead it's more of a coffee roast flavor in the stout. It makes the worlds best chili, because of the "something" in the flavor that can't be placed.
This reminds me, I have seen someone put coffee in their chili recipe. Not real sure how that would taste.
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beans of course, it doesnt have to over run all the other ingredients but there has to be some beans. I normally put a 1 to 1 to 1 mix of beef, turkey, and sausage also dont really have a spice recipe, just keep adding spices until it tastes right, love cilantro in it

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Old 08-15-2013, 02:20 AM   #19
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My "secret ingredient" in my best chili is oatmeal stout. Mine isn't really roasty in the "roasty" sense, but instead it's more of a coffee roast flavor in the stout. It makes the worlds best chili, because of the "something" in the flavor that can't be placed.
My favorite beer in the chili is abita's turbo dog. It has some chocolate and some coffee. Have also done it with my founders bfast stout clone.

May be heckled but my favorite beer to drink with chili is bud light. The alcohol helps knock back the heat and I dont want beer flavors interfering with the hours of love I put into my "good" chili which includes home ground meat.

And for all that is right in the world, beans do not go in chili. Beans go in red beans and rice
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If it is truly chili, by definition there are no beans. If you include beans, you are having chili with beans and it should be labeled as such. There should be no debate here. Should a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup just be called a chocolate bar? No. Should an Almond Joy be called a Mounds? No. Almond Joys have nuts, Mounds don't. Nuff Said.

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