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View Poll Results: Chili: Beans or No Beans
Beans 246 76.16%
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:04 PM   #111
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Chili cheese fries, not with real cheese, the kind that comes out of the pump, Wiz cheese.

 
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:50 PM   #112
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This recipe has taken 2nd place in company-wide chili cook-offs twice. Not a national competition, but the company I work for employs about 8,000 people and there were quite a few entries both times. It's a bit untraditional, but man is it good stuff.

2 lb ground beef - whatever you prefer
2 large onions diced
1 can kidney beans
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 8oz can beef broth
1 8oz can french cut green beans, drained
Chili powder to taste
Cumin to taste
Salt to taste
Basil to taste, dry

Saute the onions in olive oil until tender, add ground beef until cooked. Add the rest of the ingredience and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for several hours.

Serve with any of the following: grated cheese, minced onion, sour cream, tabasco - or some other hot sauce, rice, or pasta, or just plain. Rice, cheese, onions, and tabasco are my preferences, but I mix it up from time to time. The wife doesn't like chili very spicy, that's where the tabasco comes in for me.

My opinion is, if you like beans/no beans, meat/no meat, chili powder/fresh chilis, etc... and what you've made tastes good, just shut up and eat it. I've eaten many different styles of chili and have enjoyed most that I've tried. The recipe above is how I prefer to make and eat my chili.

 
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:09 PM   #113
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I like my chili with a small amount of beans, a mix of cubed and ground beef and some dark beer like a stout or brown ale. Those of you adding cinnamon and clove to your chili have peaked my curiosity and I'm going to have to try adding a touch of that as well.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:26 PM   #114
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Beans are mandatory in taco meat.

Black beans, kidney or pinto.

 
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:22 PM   #115
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Beans are mandatory in taco meat.

Black beans, kidney or pinto.
Taco meat? Thought we were discussing Chili. Tacos are good though.

 
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:07 AM   #116
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How do you guys thicken your chili? I think chili has to be the right consistency and I think masa is the best way to achieve it.

 
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:11 AM   #117
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How do you guys thicken your chili? I think chili has to be the right consistency and I think masa is the best way to achieve it.
Corn starch? I doubt my wife's recipe has that, or flour, but I guess I could check. In fact, I will post her whole recipe here. It's fairly traditional (no lamb or corn), but it also is a great recipe, based on contest.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:25 AM   #118
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How do you guys thicken your chili? I think chili has to be the right consistency and I think masa is the best way to achieve it.
I use masa as well.

 
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:25 AM   #119
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The ground chili's and cooked down onions give it body. You can pile it high in the bowl and stick the spoon in like a flag at a 45* angle.

 
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:10 PM   #120
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How do you guys thicken your chili? I think chili has to be the right consistency and I think masa is the best way to achieve it.
I usually just let mine simmer until its reduced a bit and the flavors are concentrated. But I like a bit of liquid in mine and not necessarily really thick, like thicker than a soup but thinner than a stew. Kind of a brown gravy consistency is what I usually go for.
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