Don’t want to say what your secret chili ingedient is? We don’t blame you. The competition at the Celebrity Chili Cook-off can be fierce!
But folks over at bon appetit recently asked their readers to “spill the beans” and surprisingly, they did! Here’s a look at this most interesting article:
Chili is a deeply personal dish, both for the person cooking it and the lucky people eating it. Every connoisseur has his or her own version of the “best chili ever,” and endless debates rage over chili authenticity (beans vs. no beans, ground meat vs. chunks, etc).
We asked our fans on Twitter and Facebook what secret ingredients they put in their best chili. The top runners were chocolate, a blend of fresh or dried chiles, and beer. Of course, there were some unexpected responses, too. Here’s what our readers have to say.
Mexican chocolate (and make it with love)
-Dawn A Flesher-Hustrulid
Vinegar & a pinch of nutmeg
A puree of chipotle pepper, onion and carrot
-Sarah Walker Caron
Chorizo sausage with a mixture of ground pork and ground beef…spices like oregano, paprika, chiles, jalapenos
Butternut squash and Ancho chilies
Don’t spare the chili powder and the cumin. Use a mix of both ground beef and cubed chuck steak.
-Linda Brodow Taylor
Ground elk, venison, Italian sausage, tomatoes and peppers frozen from the summer garden, onion, garlic, cayenne, the three C’s -cumin, coriander, and cilantro, dark red beans, black beans, pinto beans, and butter beans, tomato paste, a small can of spicy V-8, a dash of cinnamon
-Gail John McMahon
Good steak, Guinness beer, jalapenos, chipotle and ancho chiles, Penzeys medium and hot chili powder, slow cook time and LOVE
-Lorie Casey Davidson
Beer! In the chili and with the chili
-Melissa Green Harvey
Grassfed/finished beef if it’s not a vegetarian chili, dash of cinnamon, and as much fresh ingredients that are organic that I can get!
Homemade chili powder (toasting and grinding dried chiles & cumin seeds), and good Mexican oregano
-Corene Kennedy Caley
No beans. Three types of chilies. Cook it low and slow. Add chocolate that the end to round it all out
-Regina Barkley Gulick
A can of anchovies, or fish sauce if I am out of anchovies
Stewed tomatoes, tomato paste and a good old fashion chili brick along with your fave meat and spices
The stock has red wine, beef stock and lots of tomatoes
Dark beer; unsweetened baker’s chocolate
A stick of cinnamon. Let it simmer with your chili.
Beans, peanut butter and cocoa are key factors in our Almost Meatless Beefed-Up Bean Chili
Corn and fresh coriander