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Revealing Some Chili Secrets

Cola companies keep their secret recipe under lock and key. In some successful restaurant franchises, even the cooks don’t know what ingredients go into their special sauce or seasoning mix. And when it comes to chili, there are many well-kept secrets, too.
Since chili is such a popular dish, it’s no surprise that competition for bragging rights, and big prizes, are often held at county and state fairs, and in national chili cook-offs. Once a cook decides to complete, the secrets are revealed. Judges at the highest level of competition just don’t buy that "I add a little bit of love" description on a list of ingredients submitted by a contestant.

In some families, chili recipes bearing secret ingredients are passed down through the generations. While some secrets are just common sense methods of adjusting cooking time or heat, or changing the order of adding ingredients, others were discovered quite by accident - a cook made a mistake and somehow that change made a big hit. Still others appeared out of desperation - a chef had to improvise and substitute ingredients when he discovered he was all out of something.

Some of the secrets that have been shared by contest winners are quite obvious. Take meat, for example. It’s no surprise that when a recipe calls for beef and the cook uses ground chuck, a cheaper cut, she won’t get the million-dollar results that a chili champion gets when using chopped sirloin steak.

The most fascinating secret ingredients are the ones that are unexpected and quite stealthy. After sampling one of these award-winning chilis, you’ll know it’s got something special added. But identifying the component that gives the chili a new twist can be difficult.
So what are some of the formerly best-kept secret ingredients? A teaspoon of cocoa, a cup of coffee, a cinnamon stick and a dollop of peanut butter.

These so called secret ingredients might sound a bit strange, but who can argue with success?

Written By Danna Vach