10 Tips for Cooking the Best Pot of Chili
Most chilis are highly personalized creations. People work
very had for many years to perfect their chili recipes.
Whether you're just beginning to create your chili, or you're just
looking to tweak a favorite recipe, these tips can help you create
your best pot of chili ever!
1. If your chili is too thick, use broth to dilute it.
Chicken or beef broth works best for dilution of thick chili.
Using water will dilute the flavor of your chili too much. A
chicken or beef broth will add enough liquid but also the flavor of
the chili will remain intact.
2. If your chili is too thin, try adding tomato paste
to thicken it.
Add the tomato paste in small amounts until the desired thickness
is reached. If the tomato paste doesn't work, try a small amount of
cornstarch or flour. Some people even say a tablespoon or two
of instant mashed potatoes work to thicken a chili.
3. Use a combination of chiles.
Instead of using one type of chile, use a combination of chiles
to bring out the just right flavor in your chili. This one
will take some work because you will definitely have to try a few
different combinations to see which one works best for you.
4. Cook meats first.
Brown ground meats before adding any liquids. Brown chunks
of meat on the outside before assembling your chili. This will
lock in the flavor of the meat. This method is particularly
important when using different types of meat for your chili.
By cooking your meats first, you will also cut down on the overall
cooking time of your
5. Use quality meats.
Chili was originally created to disguise the taste of cheaper
cuts of meat and to tenderize really tough meats. These days,
you can still use the cheaper less tender cuts of meat to make your
chili, but you will most definitely need to cook your chili creation
much longer. Why not try splitting the meat into half good
quality meats and half cheaper cuts. This way you could save a
little money but still get the flavor of the higher quality meats.
Just make sure you cook the cheaper cuts more than the expensive
meats to thoroughly tenderize them.
6. Use fresh
Don't use vegetables that have been in your refrigerator for a
while, and don't use canned vegetables either. Take the time
to buy fresh chiles and other vegetables for your chili. You
will surely taste the difference.
7. Cook the chili the day
before you plan to eat it.
Either cook your chili the day before or early in the morning of
the day you're going to eat it. By cooking the day before,
letting it cool, then refrigerating overnight, you give all the
flavors in your chili time to blend. If you're short on time,
preparing the chili in the morning and letting it simmer all day is
a good method of cooking.
8. Use your own mix of spices, herbs and chiles rather than
using a pre-packaged mix.
The pre-packaged mixes tend to use a great deal of salt and
preservatives which can drastically alter the taste of a good pot of
chili. If you can, make your own pre-packaged bags of chili
spices by mixing several batches and storing them in the freezer in
well sealed freezer bags for up to 1 year.
9. Don't use
old spices to season your chili.
If you must use dried herbs and spices instead of fresh ones,
then make sure they haven't been stored on your pantry shelf for
longer than 1 year. After this time, the herbs and spices tend
to lose flavor.
10. Experiment and have fun!
chili is hard work but a great deal of fun also! Why
not invite a group of friends over to share your chili creation?
If you're still looking for ways to perfect you chili, then ask
them to offer suggestions. Whatever you do, enjoy your chili