Top 5 Spices to Use in Chili
I've cooked a lot of
chili since I first started cooking years ago. (Exactly how many
years ago I will keep to myself) It's been long enough for me
to have quite a bit of experience. I started out with ground
beef and a can of stewed tomatoes. Definitely not my best
tasting chili ever, but, hey, everyone has to start somewhere.
My next chili adventure was one I'm almost embarrassed to admit.
One summer, I was a short order cook at a truck stop. Yes, I
know it's an odd job for a teenager to have, but at least I was
making money. The chili at the truck stop was a canned chili
with some added "fixins" In our case, it was ground beef,
cooked and drained, added to the chili with some extra salt and
pepper. Before adding the ground beef though, we would chop
the beef extra fine to produce a better consistency. Again,
not my best tasting chili.
I've come a long way
since those first chili adventures but all of chili cooking
escapades have been so much fun. Collecting and cooking
chili recipes for
www.famouschilirecipes.com has given me a chance to look at so
many recipes. and I've been able to compare these recipes to each
other. I've noticed that some of the spices, peppers, and
other seasonings tend to repeat themselves in many of the recipes.
The following five ingredients are the most popular to use based on
2. cayenne pepper
5. red/green bell
The garlic adds an all
around good flavor to almost any dish, and the cayenne pepper adds
heat and flavor. If you add too much though, the heat can
overpower the flavor. Jalapeno peppers can be added fresh,
pickled or roasted depending on the flavor outcome you are trying to
achieve. Since I love cayenne peppers for heat, I usually try
to roast the jalapenos before adding to the chili to give them a
milder taste. Cumin is the spice that makes chili taste like
chili in my opinion. The bell peppers add color, texture and
some sweetness to a hot bowl of chili.
Keep in mind that most
of the chili recipes that I've "studied" (aka eaten) so far have
originated from the United States or Mexico. Recently I've
discovered spices from India and a whole new world has opened up for
me. I will be doing a post on Indian spices very soon.