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Old 01-10-2011, 04:53 PM   #11
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When I have made my chili too thin I just let it slow simmer until it isn't. I usually make chili the day before so there is no rush.
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:11 PM   #12
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As stated by everyone else, Masa Harina (literaly translated as corn flour) will thicken your chili. It does add the flavor of fresh corn tortillas to your chili. If it isn't available in you locale, corn chips will work. If you don't want the added salt of corn chips, uncooked fresh corn tortillas will work wonders. If you just want to thicken it without changing the flavor much, you can thicken the chili with refried beans as well. It's all good. I usually have so many beans and veggies in my chili that it's thick enough, though I always add both masa harina and cilantro for the flavors they add.

Love chili, especially the kind found in the midwest. Texas chili is great, but I grew up in the Great Lakes area and prefer what I grew up with.

Gotta say it though, if you haven't tried a true Texas chili, then you are missing out.

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Old 01-10-2011, 06:11 PM   #13
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If you add beans to your chili, you can mash up a can or half a can of red kidney beans and stir them into the sauce. They will help to thicken it and keep the flavor consistent.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:25 PM   #14
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I would go with a can of paste ...
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:00 PM   #15
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Going by Gibb's initial post, where he's using beer as part of the liquid, gotta think this is a "Texas" chili meaning that adding beans is a 'no-no', so not an option to thicken the chili.
So guess it's either the other suggested remedies, a thickener like arrowroot or cornstarch, or...starting over again!
So what did you do gibb?
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If you add beans to your chili...
And thus started The Great Chili War that would cause future generations to look back sadly. Alas it could have been averted.
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And thus started The Great Chili War that would cause future generations to look back sadly. Alas it could have been averted.
I'm on the "BEAN TEAM", sweetie.
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I'm on the "BEAN TEAM", sweetie.
Beans...definitely beans!
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:34 PM   #19
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Going by Gibb's initial post, where he's using beer as part of the liquid, gotta think this is a "Texas" chili meaning that adding beans is a 'no-no', so not an option to thicken the chili.
So guess it's either the other suggested remedies, a thickener like arrowroot or cornstarch, or...starting over again!
So what did you do gibb?
Last time I had "Texas chili" it had black beans in it, I don't think it had beer in it - my sister made it, she lives in Texas. Oh well, just a suggestion.
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