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Old 12-07-2008, 08:20 AM   #1
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Any suggestions to put a new twist on chili?

Im not here looking for a chili recipe. As many know Im vegetarian, som my chili will obviously contain no meat. What im looking for is just a new twist on chili. Any non conventional ingredients that you may have added that worked ?? My chili, among other recipes, are getting routine, so im looking for ways to spruce things up a bit .

Any suggestions welcome.

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Old 12-07-2008, 08:30 AM   #2
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Years ago I had some chili made with elbow macaroni instead of beans.
That said, today I'll be making some with chicken and pork. I'll be watching this thread for the vegetarian slant on making it different.
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:55 AM   #3
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Sometimes Ill put the chili in one of those individual soup crocks, and bake chedar cheese on top.
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:57 AM   #4
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I have put polenta in my chili before. It is a pretty non traditional ingredient and it worked really well. It thickened the chili and also added a nice flavor.
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Because you're not looking for a recipe, I'll give you one: Wicked Good Vegetarian Chili.

This has a different set of spices than traditional chili. I would call it a change up and one I rather like. GB's polenta idea. I will be trying that one myself =)
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:28 AM   #6
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Try adding cocoa powder or unsweetened chocolate. It gives the chili a nice, earthy flavor (no chocolate taste).
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:34 AM   #7
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Great Ideas, keep them coming. Ill probably make it later or tomorrow . Also, is chili one of those things that u find taste better the next day ? or right after u cook it ??
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:12 AM   #8
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Great Ideas, keep them coming. Ill probably make it later or tomorrow . Also, is chili one of those things that u find taste better the next day ? or right after u cook it ??
Definitely better the next day.

I am actually making a batch of chili right now. It will be dinner tonight, but it will be even better for dinner tomorrow. I put a couple of squares of bakers chocolate in this batch. I really like doing that. It adds a depth that people can not pinpoint where it is coming from, but they really like it. Adding a little bit of coffee grounds can do the same thing.
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:20 AM   #9
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Here is the recipe I just made. This is a semi-knock off of the Chili they make at Wendy's. I can't stand fast food, but this chili is actually one of the better ones I have tasted. This chili goes against the traditionalists as it has tons of beans and tomatoes, but trust me, it tastes great.

Larry, you could easily leave the meat out of this one and have a great vegetarian chili.

2 pounds ground beef
1 29-ounce can of tomato sauce
1 29-ounce can of kidney beans
1 29-ounce can of pinto beans
1 diced green pepper
1 diced medium onion
1/2 cup diced mild green chiles
1 to 6 diced jalapeno peppers (if heat desired)
1 29-ounce can diced tomatoes or 3 chopped medium tomatoes
2 teaspoons cumin powder
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
A few squares of bakers chocolate.

1. Brown the beef in skillet or microwave and drain off the fat.
2. Combine all of the ingredients in a crockpot.
3. Cook on low for 3-10 hours.

Or cook on stovetop until done.
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:23 AM   #10
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I hadn't heard of using coffee grounds before. Do you have an approximate ratio, like 1tsp/qt? And; new or used, instant or regular? I might try that for my chili today. Usually I add a little cinnamon. A little goes a long way, so just a little. Done just right it too adds something. I'd have to guess maybe 1/2 tsp for 3 qts, but I never measure. Maybe not quite that much, just a dusting out of the can.
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