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A New Chili to Try

As I said before in a previous post about Penzey's Spices, a chili cook could get a bit obsessed with a Penzey's store and even their online ordering capabilities.  Recently, Penzey's introduced a Berbere Seasoning which is described on their website as a hot and spicy North-African style hot pepper blend.  This Berbere Seasoning is a blend of many flavorings consisting, but not limited to, cayenne red pepper, garlic, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, and Ceylon cinnamon.

Berbere is traditionally an Ethiopian seasoning used to flavor meats and stews.  The seasoning gives a unique flavor to American dishes like chili.  The cinnamon and cardamom give a balance to the fiery hotness of the cayenne pepper making the chili flavorful and hot (but not too hot).  It works well with beef chili and other meat chili recipes that include pork, turkey and chicken.

The Berbere Seasoning provides a sweet yet hot flavor to any chili dish as well as soups, stews and casseroles. It can also be used as a dry rub for meats.  Just make sure you use it sparingly at first so your dish won't be so spicy that you can't eat it.

Why not give the Berbere spice a try in your next batch of chili.  Start out with a tablespoon per pound of meat then increase as needed.  This amount should provide you with a moderate amount of heat.  Use less to start with if you prefer a milder chili.  You can always add more during the cooking process but you can't take it out once you put it in. :)

Written By Danna Vach