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Old 01-08-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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Chili too Sweet - What to do

Making Chili, It is a little too sweet from the sugar added

What can I counter it with to make less sweet

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Old 01-08-2012, 04:15 PM   #2
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Make more chili with no sugar and combine the two.

Adding other ingredients to negate the sweetness will probably result in changing the taste of the chili to the point where you won't like it.
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:34 PM   #3
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I'm with Andy. I was going to suggest you add all of your ingredients again (same as the first time) and leave out the sugar!
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:36 PM   #4
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The problem is the chili is already made and I am trying to figure out to make it less sweet with the current batch

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Old 01-08-2012, 04:36 PM   #5
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Citrus juice (Lime or lemon) or even a light touch of vinegar works well for me..

I never add sugar to my chili..

though sometimes I put a bit of Catsup into my bowl!

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You could try adding some cocoa too if it doesn't have it already. Gives it a rich taste and may counteract the sweetness. Just a thought.
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:58 PM   #7
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Welcome to DC! How much sugar did you add? I second the touch of vinegar, and always use unsweetened cocoa powder in my chili. Chilis in adobo sauce (not too much, pretty hot) might help too. Or just some of the adobo sauce. It already has some vinegar in it.
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:08 PM   #8
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This was the recipe





Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans kidney beans
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) bottle beer
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle tomato-based chili sauce
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:13 PM   #9
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Ah. The chili sauce is sweet too.

Maybe take a bit of your chili out, make some of the additions suggested in small amounts, and see what happens. Otherwise you could turn it into Sloppy Joes, with additional sweetener like ketchup or molasses.

So sorry it wasn't to your liking. That is a big batch. You could portion it out, freeze, and use in soups, stews, etc. Chili also almost always tastes better the next day.

Green onions, sour cream, cheddar cheese toppings?
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:26 PM   #10
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I hope you can save this batch of food.

I recommend you toss this recipe and use a good chili recipe. Check out the International Chili society website. They publish the championship winning recipes there.
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