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  1. #1
    Jebediah Kornworthy Guest

    Default Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients

    Hello all,

    I am new to this newsgroup. I used to watch this group and
    occasionally post here about 5 years ago. I am hoping to get a couple
    responses on what "secret ingredients" you use in your chili. I will post
    another question soon on what secret "spice" ingredients you use. Today, I
    am just looking at the weird things you like to add to your chili like beer
    or peanut butter.

    I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups including yahoo
    groups at the different secret ingredients or unusual ingredients used in
    chili making. They don't have to be a secret, just unusual and something
    that works well. Maybe something that you have been complemented on before
    when you made your chili? Here is a list that I came up with in my travels.

    Beer
    Bell pepper-Green
    Bell pepper-Red
    Bourbon
    Broth - Beef
    Broth - Chicken
    Coffee
    Coke
    Mustard
    Peanut butter
    Potatoes
    Sugar - Brown
    Sugar - White
    Tequila
    Worcestershire sauce

    Let me know what you think. I know many people have used this in various
    quantities to achieve what they consider great chili. Please let me know
    what you think. I know that some of them don't sound so weird like broth.
    Just some examples.

    Thanks in advance,

    Jeb

    P.S. I know that these sound weird but I may try a little peanut butter in
    my next recipe. How could it ruin the whole recipe?




  2. #2
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients

    Jebediah wrote on Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:00:30 -0800:

    > I am new to this newsgroup. I used to watch this
    > group and occasionally post here about 5 years ago. I am
    > hoping to get a couple responses on what "secret ingredients" you use
    > in your chili. I will post another question soon on
    > what secret "spice" ingredients you use. Today, I am just
    > looking at the weird things you like to add to your chili like
    > beer or peanut butter.


    > I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups
    > including yahoo groups at the different secret ingredients or unusual
    > ingredients used in chili making. They don't have to be a secret,
    > just unusual and something that works well. Maybe something that you
    > have been complemented on before when
    > you made your chili? Here is a list that I came up with in my
    > travels.


    > Beer
    > Bell pepper-Green
    > Bell pepper-Red
    > Bourbon
    > Broth - Beef
    > Broth - Chicken
    > Coffee
    > Coke
    > Mustard
    > Peanut butter
    > Potatoes
    > Sugar - Brown
    > Sugar - White
    > Tequila
    > Worcestershire sauce


    > Let me know what you think. I know many people have used this
    > in various quantities to achieve what they consider great
    > chili. Please let me know what you think. I know that some
    > of them don't sound so weird like broth. Just some examples.


    I've not used many of those apart from Worcestershire sauce, and green
    pepper in Chilli Verde. The rest should stay secret and there is another
    quite authentic one that has been mentioned lately: cocoa.


    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


  3. #3
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients

    On Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:00:30 -0800, Jebediah Kornworthy wrote:

    > Hello all,
    >
    > I am new to this newsgroup. I used to watch this group and
    > occasionally post here about 5 years ago. I am hoping to get a couple
    > responses on what "secret ingredients" you use in your chili. I will post
    > another question soon on what secret "spice" ingredients you use. Today, I
    > am just looking at the weird things you like to add to your chili like beer
    > or peanut butter.
    >
    > I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups including yahoo
    > groups at the different secret ingredients or unusual ingredients used in
    > chili making. They don't have to be a secret, just unusual and something
    > that works well. Maybe something that you have been complemented on before
    > when you made your chili? Here is a list that I came up with in my travels.
    >
    > Beer
    > Bell pepper-Green
    > Bell pepper-Red
    > Bourbon
    > Broth - Beef
    > Broth - Chicken
    > Coffee
    > Coke
    > Mustard
    > Peanut butter
    > Potatoes
    > Sugar - Brown
    > Sugar - White
    > Tequila
    > Worcestershire sauce
    >
    > Let me know what you think. I know many people have used this in various
    > quantities to achieve what they consider great chili. Please let me know
    > what you think. I know that some of them don't sound so weird like broth.
    > Just some examples.
    >
    > Thanks in advance,
    >
    > Jeb
    >
    > P.S. I know that these sound weird but I may try a little peanut butter in
    > my next recipe. How could it ruin the whole recipe?


    beer is not at all out-of-the-way, not (to me) a little brown sugar.
    potatoes are just strange.

    i did once use a fajita-type marinade with tequila on the beef cubes, but
    it really didn't do much for the chili.

    your pal,
    blake

  4. #4
    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients

    "Jebediah Kornworthy" <[email protected]>
    news[email protected]: in rec.food.cooking

    > Hello all,


    Hi Jeb and welcome back.

    <snippage for space>


    > I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups including >

    yahoo
    > groups at the different secret ingredients or unusual ingredients used
    > in chili making. They don't have to be a secret, just unusual and
    > something that works well. Maybe something that you have been
    > complemented on before when you made your chili? Here is a list that
    > I came up with in my travels.


    > Peanut butter
    > Potatoes


    I've never used either of these in chili. I think potatoes would be really
    strange but heck, try it and see.

    I didn't see tomatoes on your list. Depending on the type of chili I'm
    making I'll sometime dump in either a can of diced tomatoes or add diced
    fresh tomatoes when they are in season.

    >
    > P.S. I know that these sound weird but I may try a little peanut
    > butter in my next recipe. How could it ruin the whole recipe?


    I've never used peanut butter in chili. These days salmonella could ruin
    what might otherwise be a great chili ;o)

    Michael///running away fast

    --
    He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your
    words.
    ~Elbert Hubbard

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

  5. #5
    Karen Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients

    On Feb 1, 9:00*pm, "Jebediah Kornworthy" <nonyabit...@roadrunner.com>
    wrote:
    > Hello all,
    >
    > * * * * I am new to this newsgroup. *I used to watch this groupand
    > occasionally post here about 5 years ago. *I am hoping to get a couple
    > responses on what "secret ingredients" you use in your chili. *I will post
    > another question soon on what secret "spice" ingredients you use. *Today, I
    > am just looking at the weird things you like to add to your chili like beer
    > or peanut butter.
    >
    > * * * * *I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups including yahoo
    > groups at the different secret ingredients or unusual ingredients used in
    > chili making. *They don't have to be a secret, just unusual and something
    > that works well. *Maybe something that you have been complemented on before
    > when you made your chili? *Here is a list that I came up with in my travels.
    >
    > Beer
    > Bell pepper-Green
    > Bell pepper-Red
    > Bourbon
    > Broth - Beef
    > Broth - Chicken
    > Coffee
    > Coke
    > Mustard
    > Peanut butter


    A kid died at my college when he ate chili with secret ingredient
    peanut butter at the student after hours club.

    Karen

  6. #6
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients

    Michael wrote:

    > I've never used peanut butter in chili. These days salmonella could ruin
    > what might otherwise be a great chili ;o)


    I've never used peanut butter in chili either, but as long as the chili
    reaches a high enough temperature for long enough, salmonella wouldn't be a
    concern anyway. It's not the same as botulism in that respect.

    Bob




  7. #7
    Dimitri Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients


    "Jebediah Kornworthy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > Hello all,
    >
    > I am new to this newsgroup. I used to watch this group and
    > occasionally post here about 5 years ago. I am hoping to get a couple
    > responses on what "secret ingredients" you use in your chili. I will post
    > another question soon on what secret "spice" ingredients you use. Today,
    > I am just looking at the weird things you like to add to your chili like
    > beer or peanut butter.
    >
    > I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups including
    > yahoo groups at the different secret ingredients or unusual ingredients
    > used in chili making. They don't have to be a secret, just unusual and
    > something that works well. Maybe something that you have been
    > complemented on before when you made your chili? Here is a list that I
    > came up with in my travels.


    <snip>

    I think the most interesting ingredient(s) has not been mentioned.

    1. The Proper browning of the protein(s) (Maillard effect)
    2. A small amount of soy sauce will perk up the perception of a beefy
    flavor.

    Dimitri


  8. #8
    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients

    "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz>
    news:[email protected]: in rec.food.cooking

    > Michael wrote:
    >
    >> I've never used peanut butter in chili. These days salmonella could
    >> ruin what might otherwise be a great chili ;o)

    >
    > I've never used peanut butter in chili either, but as long as the
    > chili reaches a high enough temperature for long enough, salmonella
    > wouldn't be a concern anyway. It's not the same as botulism in that
    > respect.


    I know. I was just making a joke. But thanks for the info anyway. I now
    have to wonder what peanut butter would add to chili, flavor wise. I did
    a quick Google on peanut butter chili and found a lot of hits. This
    recipe looks respectable. In addition to peanut butter the recipe calls
    for pumpkin puree which I've never used in chili either. I'm not
    affiliated with this site but I did bookmark the page to refrence the
    recipe again.

    http://www.peanutbutterboy.com/2009/...ter-chili-bowl

    Michael


    --
    He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand
    your words.
    ~Elbert Hubbard

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

  9. #9
    Lynn from Fargo Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients

    On Feb 1, 11:00*pm, "Jebediah Kornworthy" <nonyabit...@roadrunner.com>
    wrote:
    > Hello all,
    >
    > * * * * I am new to this newsgroup. *I used to watch this groupand
    > occasionally post here about 5 years ago. *I am hoping to get a couple
    > responses on what "secret ingredients" you use in your chili. *I will post
    > another question soon on what secret "spice" ingredients you use. *Today, I
    > am just looking at the weird things you like to add to your chili like beer
    > or peanut butter.
    >
    > * * * * *I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups including yahoo
    > groups at the different secret ingredients or unusual ingredients used in
    > chili making. *They don't have to be a secret, just unusual and something
    > that works well. *Maybe something that you have been complemented on before
    > when you made your chili? *Here is a list that I came up with in my travels.
    >
    > Beer
    > Bell pepper-Green
    > Bell pepper-Red
    > Bourbon
    > Broth - Beef
    > Broth - Chicken
    > Coffee
    > Coke
    > Mustard
    > Peanut butter
    > Potatoes
    > Sugar - Brown
    > Sugar - White
    > Tequila
    > Worcestershire sauce
    >
    > Let me know what you think. *I know many people have used this in various
    > quantities to achieve what they consider great chili. *Please let me know
    > what you think. *I know that some of them don't sound so weird like broth.
    > Just some examples.
    >
    > Thanks in advance,
    >
    > Jeb
    >
    > P.S. *I know that these sound weird but I may try a little peanut butter in
    > my next recipe. *How could it ruin the whole recipe?

    ================================================== ==========
    I have used peanut butter (creamy not crunchy) in my chili for over 40
    years. Just a heaping soup spoon full for a couple of quarts. If you
    can taste it there's too much.

    The peanut butter melts and adds smooth body and a subtle richness to
    the liquid .

    If I am making chili for a contest or a party or buffet or anyplace
    where I don't know every diner, I put a sign on the buffet line that
    warns people with peanut allergies that the PB is there.

    Lynn in Fargo
    and always a big pinch of sugar

  10. #10
    Sheldon Guest

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    On Feb 2, 12:00�am, "Jebediah Kornworthy" <nonyabit...@roadrunner.com>
    wrote:
    > Hello all,
    >
    > � � � � I am new to this newsgroup. �I used to watch this group and
    > occasionally post here about 5 years ago. �I am hoping to get a couple
    > responses on what "secret ingredients" you use in your chili. �I will post
    > another question soon on what secret "spice" ingredients you use. �Today, I
    > am just looking at the weird things you like to add to your chili like beer
    > or peanut butter.
    >
    > � � � � �I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups including yahoo
    > groups at the different secret ingredients or unusual ingredients used in
    > chili making. �They don't have to be a secret, just unusual and something
    > that works well. �Maybe something that you have been complementedon before
    > when you made your chili? �Here is a list that I came up with in my travels.
    >
    > Beer
    > Bell pepper-Green
    > Bell pepper-Red
    > Bourbon
    > Broth - Beef
    > Broth - Chicken
    > Coffee
    > Coke
    > Mustard
    > Peanut butter
    > Potatoes
    > Sugar - Brown
    > Sugar - White
    > Tequila
    > Worcestershire sauce
    >
    > Let me know what you think. �I know many people have used this invarious
    > quantities to achieve what they consider great chili. �Please letme know
    > what you think. �I know that some of them don't sound so weird like broth.
    > Just some examples.
    >
    > Thanks in advance,


    You forgot the meat... and I don't want any stinkin' secret/mystery
    meat... unless your grind your own all you're making is a pot o' ****.

  11. #11
    Dan Abel Guest

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    In article <1lbxom3yabm4v$.198a86i1k3lhc$.[email protected]>,
    blake murphy <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:00:30 -0800, Jebediah Kornworthy wrote:


    > > that works well. Maybe something that you have been complemented on before
    > > when you made your chili? Here is a list that I came up with in my
    > > travels.
    > >
    > > Beer
    > > Bell pepper-Green
    > > Bell pepper-Red
    > > Bourbon
    > > Broth - Beef
    > > Broth - Chicken
    > > Coffee
    > > Coke
    > > Mustard
    > > Peanut butter
    > > Potatoes
    > > Sugar - Brown
    > > Sugar - White
    > > Tequila
    > > Worcestershire sauce


    > beer is not at all out-of-the-way, not (to me) a little brown sugar.


    red wine is better than beer, for me

    > potatoes are just strange.


    I have nowhere close to enough toes and fingers to count how many places
    I've seen that offer chili fries on their menu. I've even tried them a
    couple of times. OK.

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

  12. #12
    Dan Abel Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Michael \"Dog3\"" <don'[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz>
    > news:[email protected]: in rec.food.cooking


    > > I've never used peanut butter in chili either, but as long as the
    > > chili reaches a high enough temperature for long enough, salmonella
    > > wouldn't be a concern anyway. It's not the same as botulism in that
    > > respect.

    >
    > I know. I was just making a joke. But thanks for the info anyway. I now
    > have to wonder what peanut butter would add to chili, flavor wise. I did


    Peanuts, often ground, are common in Asian foods. Peanut sauce is about
    my daughter's favorite item at Thai restaurants.

    > a quick Google on peanut butter chili and found a lot of hits. This
    > recipe looks respectable. In addition to peanut butter the recipe calls
    > for pumpkin puree which I've never used in chili either. I'm not
    > affiliated with this site but I did bookmark the page to refrence the
    > recipe again.
    >
    > http://www.peanutbutterboy.com/2009/...ter-chili-bowl


    Looks OK to me. The key for my particular tastes is not to have the
    peanut butter overwhelm the chili. You should have people asking, "My
    God, what did you put in this chili?".

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

  13. #13
    Jebediah Kornworthy Guest

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    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:RmChl.613$[email protected]..
    > Jebediah wrote on Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:00:30 -0800:
    >
    >> I am new to this newsgroup. I used to watch this
    >> group and occasionally post here about 5 years ago. I am
    >> hoping to get a couple responses on what "secret ingredients" you use in
    >> your chili. I will post another question soon on
    >> what secret "spice" ingredients you use. Today, I am just
    >> looking at the weird things you like to add to your chili like
    >> beer or peanut butter.

    >
    >> I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups
    >> including yahoo groups at the different secret ingredients or unusual
    >> ingredients used in chili making. They don't have to be a secret, just
    >> unusual and something that works well. Maybe something that you have been
    >> complemented on before when
    >> you made your chili? Here is a list that I came up with in my
    >> travels.

    >
    >> Beer
    >> Bell pepper-Green
    >> Bell pepper-Red
    >> Bourbon
    >> Broth - Beef
    >> Broth - Chicken
    >> Coffee
    >> Coke
    >> Mustard
    >> Peanut butter
    >> Potatoes
    >> Sugar - Brown
    >> Sugar - White
    >> Tequila
    >> Worcestershire sauce

    >
    >> Let me know what you think. I know many people have used this
    >> in various quantities to achieve what they consider great
    >> chili. Please let me know what you think. I know that some
    >> of them don't sound so weird like broth. Just some examples.


    James said:
    >" I've not used many of those apart from Worcestershire sauce, and green
    >pepper in Chilli Verde. The rest should stay secret and there is another
    >quite authentic one that has been mentioned lately: cocoa."


    Thanks for the response James. I have used the Worcestershire sauce
    before and it adds good flavor. I haven't used the green pepper before
    though but I will be trying it in the future. The cocoa is on my next
    secret "spice" ingredients list. Even my store bought chili mix has
    cocoa in it.

    Jeb


    > --
    >
    > James Silverton
    > Potomac, Maryland
    >
    > Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not




  14. #14
    Jebediah Kornworthy Guest

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    "blake murphy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1lbxom3yabm4v$.198a86i1k3lhc$.[email protected] ..
    > On Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:00:30 -0800, Jebediah Kornworthy wrote:
    >
    >> Hello all,
    >>
    >> I am new to this newsgroup. I used to watch this group and
    >> occasionally post here about 5 years ago. I am hoping to get a couple
    >> responses on what "secret ingredients" you use in your chili. I will
    >> post
    >> another question soon on what secret "spice" ingredients you use. Today,
    >> I
    >> am just looking at the weird things you like to add to your chili like
    >> beer
    >> or peanut butter.
    >>
    >> I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups including
    >> yahoo
    >> groups at the different secret ingredients or unusual ingredients used in
    >> chili making. They don't have to be a secret, just unusual and something
    >> that works well. Maybe something that you have been complemented on
    >> before
    >> when you made your chili? Here is a list that I came up with in my
    >> travels.
    >>
    >> Beer
    >> Bell pepper-Green
    >> Bell pepper-Red
    >> Bourbon
    >> Broth - Beef
    >> Broth - Chicken
    >> Coffee
    >> Coke
    >> Mustard
    >> Peanut butter
    >> Potatoes
    >> Sugar - Brown
    >> Sugar - White
    >> Tequila
    >> Worcestershire sauce
    >>
    >> Let me know what you think. I know many people have used this in various
    >> quantities to achieve what they consider great chili. Please let me know
    >> what you think. I know that some of them don't sound so weird like
    >> broth.
    >> Just some examples.
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance,
    >>
    >> Jeb
    >>
    >> P.S. I know that these sound weird but I may try a little peanut butter
    >> in
    >> my next recipe. How could it ruin the whole recipe?

    >
    > beer is not at all out-of-the-way, not (to me) a little brown sugar.
    > potatoes are just strange.


    Hello Blake,

    I have to agree with you that it isn't uncommon for people to add
    beer
    to their chili. Brown sugar is also good in small quantities. In respect to
    the
    potatoes I should have clarified myself. If you want to thicken your chili
    you can peel a potato and then grate it in a cheese grater. Add it to
    your chili to thicken it. It will dissolve totally and help thicken
    it. You shouldn't be able to taste the potato at all once it is dissolved.
    It is just a replacement for corn starch.

    Jeb

    > i did once use a fajita-type marinade with tequila on the beef cubes, but
    > it really didn't do much for the chili.
    >
    > your pal,
    > blake




  15. #15
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients

    "Jebediah Kornworthy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:RmChl.613$[email protected]..
    >> Jebediah wrote on Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:00:30 -0800:
    >>
    >>> I am new to this newsgroup. I used to watch this
    >>> group and occasionally post here about 5 years ago. I am
    >>> hoping to get a couple responses on what "secret ingredients" you
    >>> use in your chili. I will post another question soon on
    >>> what secret "spice" ingredients you use. Today, I am just
    >>> looking at the weird things you like to add to your chili like
    >>> beer or peanut butter.

    >>
    >>> I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups
    >>> including yahoo groups at the different secret ingredients or
    >>> unusual ingredients used in chili making. They don't have to be a
    >>> secret, just unusual and something that works well. Maybe something
    >>> that you have been complemented on before when
    >>> you made your chili? Here is a list that I came up with in my
    >>> travels.

    >>
    >>> Beer
    >>> Bell pepper-Green
    >>> Bell pepper-Red
    >>> Bourbon
    >>> Broth - Beef
    >>> Broth - Chicken
    >>> Coffee
    >>> Coke
    >>> Mustard
    >>> Peanut butter
    >>> Potatoes
    >>> Sugar - Brown
    >>> Sugar - White
    >>> Tequila
    >>> Worcestershire sauce

    >>
    >>> Let me know what you think. I know many people have used this
    >>> in various quantities to achieve what they consider great
    >>> chili. Please let me know what you think. I know that some
    >>> of them don't sound so weird like broth. Just some examples.

    >
    > James said:
    >> " I've not used many of those apart from Worcestershire sauce, and
    >> green pepper in Chilli Verde. The rest should stay secret and there
    >> is another quite authentic one that has been mentioned lately:
    >> cocoa."

    >
    > Thanks for the response James. I have used the Worcestershire sauce
    > before and it adds good flavor. I haven't used the green pepper
    > before though but I will be trying it in the future. The cocoa is on
    > my next secret "spice" ingredients list. Even my store bought chili
    > mix has cocoa in it.
    >


    I recently posted a chili recipe and there is another "secret"
    ingredient there that's almost a standard Southwestern ingredient: a
    table spoon of cornmeal, added in the last hour if the chili seems too
    thin.

    --
    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland


  16. #16
    Jebediah Kornworthy Guest

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    "Dan Abel" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > In article <1lbxom3yabm4v$.198a86i1k3lhc$.[email protected]>,
    > blake murphy <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:00:30 -0800, Jebediah Kornworthy wrote:

    >
    >> > that works well. Maybe something that you have been complemented on
    >> > before
    >> > when you made your chili? Here is a list that I came up with in my
    >> > travels.
    >> >
    >> > Beer
    >> > Bell pepper-Green
    >> > Bell pepper-Red
    >> > Bourbon
    >> > Broth - Beef
    >> > Broth - Chicken
    >> > Coffee
    >> > Coke
    >> > Mustard
    >> > Peanut butter
    >> > Potatoes
    >> > Sugar - Brown
    >> > Sugar - White
    >> > Tequila
    >> > Worcestershire sauce

    >
    >> beer is not at all out-of-the-way, not (to me) a little brown sugar.

    >
    > red wine is better than beer, for me
    >
    >> potatoes are just strange.


    Grated and used as a thickener only. I think that they would be
    over cooked and dissolved quite easily.

    Jeb


    > I have nowhere close to enough toes and fingers to count how many places
    > I've seen that offer chili fries on their menu. I've even tried them a
    > couple of times. OK.
    >
    > --
    > Dan Abel
    > Petaluma, California USA
    > [email protected]




  17. #17
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients

    "Jebediah Kornworthy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "blake murphy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:1lbxom3yabm4v$.198a86i1k3lhc$.[email protected] ..
    >> On Sun, 1 Feb 2009 21:00:30 -0800, Jebediah Kornworthy wrote:
    >>
    >>> Hello all,
    >>>
    >>> I am new to this newsgroup. I used to watch this group and
    >>> occasionally post here about 5 years ago. I am hoping to get a
    >>> couple responses on what "secret ingredients" you use in your
    >>> chili. I will post
    >>> another question soon on what secret "spice" ingredients you use.
    >>> Today, I
    >>> am just looking at the weird things you like to add to your chili
    >>> like beer
    >>> or peanut butter.
    >>>
    >>> I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups
    >>> including yahoo
    >>> groups at the different secret ingredients or unusual ingredients
    >>> used in chili making. They don't have to be a secret, just unusual
    >>> and something that works well. Maybe something that you have been
    >>> complemented on before
    >>> when you made your chili? Here is a list that I came up with in my
    >>> travels.
    >>>
    >>> Beer
    >>> Bell pepper-Green
    >>> Bell pepper-Red
    >>> Bourbon
    >>> Broth - Beef
    >>> Broth - Chicken
    >>> Coffee
    >>> Coke
    >>> Mustard
    >>> Peanut butter
    >>> Potatoes
    >>> Sugar - Brown
    >>> Sugar - White
    >>> Tequila
    >>> Worcestershire sauce
    >>>
    >>> Let me know what you think. I know many people have used this in
    >>> various quantities to achieve what they consider great chili. Please
    >>> let me know what you think. I know that some of them don't
    >>> sound so weird like broth.
    >>> Just some examples.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks in advance,
    >>>
    >>> Jeb
    >>>
    >>> P.S. I know that these sound weird but I may try a little peanut
    >>> butter in
    >>> my next recipe. How could it ruin the whole recipe?

    >>
    >> beer is not at all out-of-the-way, not (to me) a little brown sugar.
    >> potatoes are just strange.

    >
    > Hello Blake,
    >
    > I have to agree with you that it isn't uncommon for people to
    > add beer
    > to their chili. Brown sugar is also good in small quantities. In
    > respect to the
    > potatoes I should have clarified myself. If you want to thicken your
    > chili you can peel a potato and then grate it in a cheese grater. Add
    > it to your chili to thicken it. It will dissolve totally and help
    > thicken
    > it. You shouldn't be able to taste the potato at all once it is
    > dissolved. It is just a replacement for corn starch.
    >
    > Jeb
    >
    >> i did once use a fajita-type marinade with tequila on the beef
    >> cubes, but it really didn't do much for the chili.
    >>
    >> your pal,
    >> blake


    I'd add to Blake's suggestion; it doesn't do much for the tequila either
    :-) I'm not all that fond of the spaghetti sauce involving vodka. (I've
    even seen the stuff on sale in Trader Joe's, think.) I do make Pepper
    Vodka with hot dried peppers but that's something else!

    --
    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland


  18. #18
    Jebediah Kornworthy Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients


    "Dan Abel" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > In article <Xns9BA671D384A1B[email protected]>,
    > "Michael \"Dog3\"" <don'[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz>
    >> news:[email protected]: in rec.food.cooking

    >
    >> > I've never used peanut butter in chili either, but as long as the
    >> > chili reaches a high enough temperature for long enough, salmonella
    >> > wouldn't be a concern anyway. It's not the same as botulism in that
    >> > respect.

    >>
    >> I know. I was just making a joke. But thanks for the info anyway. I now
    >> have to wonder what peanut butter would add to chili, flavor wise. I did

    >
    > Peanuts, often ground, are common in Asian foods. Peanut sauce is about
    > my daughter's favorite item at Thai restaurants.
    >
    >> a quick Google on peanut butter chili and found a lot of hits. This
    >> recipe looks respectable. In addition to peanut butter the recipe calls
    >> for pumpkin puree which I've never used in chili either. I'm not
    >> affiliated with this site but I did bookmark the page to refrence the
    >> recipe again.
    >>
    >> http://www.peanutbutterboy.com/2009/...ter-chili-bowl

    >
    > Looks OK to me. The key for my particular tastes is not to have the
    > peanut butter overwhelm the chili. You should have people asking, "My
    > God, what did you put in this chili?".


    Yes, you know you have made a good batch of chili when your family
    and friends say, "this is really good chili what's it got in it?"

    You know you made not-so-good-chili when they say "it's ok, but what is that
    weird flavor?"

    Jeb

    > Dan Abel
    > Petaluma, California USA
    > [email protected]




  19. #19
    Jebediah Kornworthy Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients


    "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:eNFhl.19408$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Jebediah Kornworthy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]..
    >> Hello all,
    >>
    >> I am new to this newsgroup. I used to watch this group and
    >> occasionally post here about 5 years ago. I am hoping to get a couple
    >> responses on what "secret ingredients" you use in your chili. I will
    >> post another question soon on what secret "spice" ingredients you use.
    >> Today, I am just looking at the weird things you like to add to your
    >> chili like beer or peanut butter.
    >>
    >> I have looked at many sites, blogs and other groups including
    >> yahoo groups at the different secret ingredients or unusual ingredients
    >> used in chili making. They don't have to be a secret, just unusual and
    >> something that works well. Maybe something that you have been
    >> complemented on before when you made your chili? Here is a list that I
    >> came up with in my travels.

    >
    > <snip>
    >
    > I think the most interesting ingredient(s) has not been mentioned.
    >
    > 1. The Proper browning of the protein(s) (Maillard effect)
    > 2. A small amount of soy sauce will perk up the perception of a beefy
    > flavor.
    >
    > Dimitri


    Now that is what I was hoping for. A good idea. I like soy sauce
    but I haven't thought of adding it to chili. I will tell you one thing,
    I'll
    be adding it to my next batch.

    Right now Jeb is googling the Maillard effect. Thanks Dimitri.

    Jeb



  20. #20
    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: Secret Non-spice Chili Ingredients

    Jebediah Kornworthy <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Now that is what I was hoping for. A good idea. I like soy sauce
    >but I haven't thought of adding it to chili. I will tell you one thing,
    >I'll
    >be adding it to my next batch.


    A subtle amount of chocolate can do it to a chili.

    Steve

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