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    What Goes In Your Chili?

    Me, I put whatever I find handy that looks like it might be tasty. I do always have the basics: beef, chili powder, beef stock, onions, garlic, cumin .... everything else is just a plus!

    Here’s my “standard” ingredients

    3 lbs (give or take) chuck roast
    1 large onion
    1/2 lb of bacon, diced
    4 cloves garlic, minced/pressed
    3 TBSP chili powder
    1 TBSP cumin powder
    1 can diced tomatoes
    juice from 2-3 limes
    1 ounce dark chocolate
    1 cup decent red wine or a bottle of Shiner Bock or a decent lager
    4 cups beef stock


    #2
    That’s pretty close to my standard, although if I’m not too lazy I’ll puree some softened ancho and cascabel or other chilies. I add a little masa harina at the end for flavor. I prefer mine Texas old school without beans/corn or other such, but I have been known to stir in some puréed pintos as a thickener.

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    • Panhead John
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      Chicken breasts and tortilla chips? Wouldn’t that then just become tortilla soup? 😂
      Last edited by Panhead John; September 7, 2020, 04:14 PM.

    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      You got something against a good tortilla soup?

    • Panhead John
      Panhead John commented
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      Hell no! I luv me some tortilla soup!

    #3
    I like using puréed rehydrated chiles instead of chili powder. I also like to add jalapeños or hatch chiles. I use masa harina as a thickener. Oh, and beans...can’t forget the beans .​​​​​

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    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      You left out the braised brisket :-)

    • Red Man
      Red Man commented
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      Can’t forget the boiled ribs!
      Last edited by Red Man; September 7, 2020, 04:24 PM.

    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      Yum!

    #4
    I use much of the same plus diced green chiles and Rotel.

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      #5
      Diced fresh poblanos and/or holler painyos, and occasionally sliced Spanish chorizo or linguica.

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      • Panhead John
        Panhead John commented
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        CaptainMike Never, Never Never put chicken in chili.

      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        I've read that acorn squash can improve the consistency and overall quality of Texas style chili.

      • ecowper
        ecowper commented
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        Panhead John I just throw stuff in the pot as long as I have the base right.

      #6
      Smoked chuck roast or leftover brisket point. Charred and chopped poblano, red pepper and onion. A little brown sugar, cayenne pepper, ancho chili powder amongst other things.

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      • ecowper
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        Panhead John Chuck roast is a good best choice, but other beef that has plenty of fat works. Just that I don’t like using the expensive stuff for chili :-)

      • Panhead John
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        Yes sir. No need to put ribeyes in it. When it’s done you couldn’t tell much of a difference what kind of steak you used. Long as it has fat and simmered good and tender.

      • Mr. Bones
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        LOL my neighbour thinks it's way whacka doodle cray cray that I'll cook us both up a couple KC Strips, an 'plus make some some extry', cube em up, an make chili outta them "Kinda some expensive chili, ain't it, Bones?"

        ":worth it, Matt..." sez I
        Last edited by Mr. Bones; September 8, 2020, 01:48 PM.

      #7
      Chicken Chile verde using chicken thighs is one of my favorites.

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      • Mr. Bones
        Mr. Bones commented
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        They ain't Thing One wrong, with Chile Verde, thighs make fer way more flavour than BSCB's, ime...

      • ecowper
        ecowper commented
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        Mr. Bones love my wife’s Chile Verde ..... it’s very authentic and usually involves our own peppers and tomatillos. I will see if she will let me post it here.

      • Mr. Bones
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        ecowper I'd be Honoured, if she''ll allow..

        There's no place like Verde...

      #8
      I will be sharing my actual Authentic Texas Chili recipe in due time. It’s just too damn hot here now. I will have to have pics to go with it. And I’ll guarundamn tee you, there will be no beans, carrots, corn or any other such nonsense in it. And it will be made with beef, nary a bit of poultry anywhere near it.
      Last edited by Panhead John; September 7, 2020, 04:38 PM.

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      • Panhead John
        Panhead John commented
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        😂 My top secret ingredient is zucchini.

      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Don't worry we'll all have snow in a couple days

      • treesmacker
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        Well, I hope it is near as good as your Authentic Texas Clam Chowder!

      #9
      Wait, no beans! 😉

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      • Panhead John
        Panhead John commented
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        I’ve tried it, not bad. But I just am set in my ways and love the Jack Black. Been drinking it since I was 6.

      • ecowper
        ecowper commented
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        CaptainMike I like good ole Bourbon. Where I get sorta snooty is the single malt :-)

      • Mr. Bones
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        Many thanks, Brother, Panhead John an sure an I'll be takin ya up on that offer...Yum!

        I gots me 18 bourbons settin on my bar, an sure an ain't th Jack there, jus to give to me neighbour Matt, to keep him outta th Good Stuff lol

        (He don't know no different, so...)

        2020 JD??? I''ll not only savour that measure, but be wantin to sniff th 'cap', fer a cherishable, lifelong Memory, Amigo! lol
        Last edited by Mr. Bones; September 8, 2020, 03:56 PM.

      #10
      I think Panhead John ‘s head is about to explode

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      • Red Man
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        Beans in clam chowder!? 🤯🤣

      • Panhead John
        Panhead John commented
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        Beans in chili!? 😱

      • Red Man
        Red Man commented
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        Clam chowder...whoa whoa whoa...let’s not go crazy here!!

      #11
      this ain't going to go over well with Panhead John but been known to add diced pineapple to my chili.

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      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        Wut...The...Fudge...

      • smokin fool
        smokin fool commented
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        What can I say, chili up here has beans in it, whether it be canned or fast food

      • Cheef
        Cheef commented
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        I always add a teaspoon (or more) of brown sugar to a bowl of chili. Try before you condemn.

      #12
      Git a rope!
      Here ya go, might as well use this!
      Attached Files

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      • ecowper
        ecowper commented
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        Thank god there are no artificial ingredients in there!

      • Panhead John
        Panhead John commented
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        😂😂😉

      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        More like "Horrormel" chili! However, as a 20something stumbling home at 3 AM a can of this or Dinty Moore was absolutely heaven sent!

      #13
      To me chili is just a type of stew with a pronounced spice and cumin flavor. Therefore anything from brisket to chicken to ground beef, black beans (not kidney, don't like 'em), corn, stewed tomatoes, you name it. I don't sweat the small stuff, if I likes it I likes it. I have to chuckle at the chili purists who insist this or that doesn't belong. "Good thing it's in my bowl and not yours" I like to say.

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      • Mr. Bones
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        You got something against roasted armadillo?
        Gotsta be Low, an Slow, though....

      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        NO! No cat soup on burgers OR hot dogs. Cat lives....well...you know the rest...

      • gcdmd
        gcdmd commented
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        roasted armadillo--a.k.a possum on the half-shell

      #14
      Originally posted by Panhead John View Post
      Git a rope!
      Here ya go, might as well use this!
      LIB!!!!!, to paraphrase Brother FireMan ...

      There ya goes,^^^^^ although I prefers me some Wolf, with Armour, an Hormel bringin up a Very Distant 2nd an 3rd Place
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      • Panhead John
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        That figgers. I hear ya like beans in yer clam chowder. 😂

      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        King Of The Hill informed me of Wolf Brand. Tried it. Meh. Had better! I'm full of unpopular opinions. Sorrynotsorry.

      • Mr. Bones
        Mr. Bones commented
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        I've had better, as well...but it works, in a pinch...

      #15
      I think my head just exploded reading this entire thread.
      Wowzers. I know I’m gonna catch s€¥t here. But who the heck puts veggies or chicken in a Texas style chili??🤷🏼
      And hell no to any kind of beans. 🤮
      Chuckie, several different peppers, Mostly hot. cumin, lots of onions, a tomato base, garlic and a few other seasonings
      And let it simmer for 5-6 even up to 8hrs That’s how you thicken the chili. Not by adding crackers or squash. 😬

      All good fun my brother’s 👊👊

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      • ecowper
        ecowper commented
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        Steve B I use some crushed/diced tomatoes in chili. Didn't really think that made it tomato based.

      • Panhead John
        Panhead John commented
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        Now that I’ve sobered up from last night, let me clarify something.😂 The chili may or may not be tomato based for an authentic chili. A lot of Texans, including myself, like a tomato base. Chili is perfectly fine if you don’t use one. As long as you don’t add carrots, you’ll be good. ecowper

      • Mr. Bones
        Mr. Bones commented
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        Tomato? Tomotto? What. Ev. Er.
        Jus don't ferget th beans lol!

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