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Old 04-08-2012, 11:19 PM   #51
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I personally prefer canned tomatoes unless I can get tomatoes that are actually ripe. Most of the time I find store bought fresh tomatoes to be rather bland.

The hubby and I make several different chilis (well, actually, he makes his and I make his and a couple others). Some of our favorite ingredients (besides tomatoes) include celery (preferably with the leaves), onion, green onion, garlic cloves, green pepper, Anaheim chilis, serranos, jalepeños, pablanos, cherry peppers, hungarian yellow peppers, habeñeros, light and dark red kidney beans, cilantro, corriander, cumin, chili powder/ground dried chilis, allspice, lime juice and apple cidar vinegar.

We frequently use a mix of chilis. We find it adds depth to the flavor We always add the onion, garlic, corriander, cumin, chili powder and allspice. We usually add the celery and either green pepper or pablanos. When I use the lime juice I add it to the meat while it's cooking and don't use the cider vinegar. When I use the cider vinegar I add it toward the end of the cooking process and don't use the lime. We try to keep the beef and chilis the main flavor, the spices an aromatic, well blended second, and anything else there as accents.
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:27 PM   #52
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Thanks, PAG, ingredients noted.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:35 AM   #53
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:09 AM   #54
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Interesting thread. I'll add my two pennorth for what its worth.

My kids love chillie. I use a basic mix of beef mince, tinned tomatoes, red kidney beans which come canned in a dark chillie sauce, red onions, beef stock, sometimes some red wine, mixed herbs, but most importantly, chillies. I use the hot thin birds eye or sometimes scotch bonnet, plus some powdered hot chillie and a sprinkling of dried chillie. Its hot but not too hot, its spicy.

I cook it on the stove first to mix all the ingredients and bring it up to heat then I leave it in a slow low oven for at least 2-3 hours. This makes the meat really nice and soft and gives a "lightness" to it all. The flavours mingle well. Its even nicer the next day.

I made the mistake once of using Naga chillies, lordy, never again. Burnt on re-entry.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:59 AM   #55
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Maybe Chasen's chili recipe will give you some ideas.

Dear Old Hollywood: Hollywood Cooking: Chasen's Chili

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Old 04-09-2012, 08:11 AM   #56
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Looks like ingredients have been well covered. You might want to consider simplicity. Make a chili powder with 2-3 ground chilis (a little cascabell, ancho and California), paprika, ground cumin. You choose the combination, but I would caution the use of more than one hottie in the mix. A simple sofrito of onion, garlic and 1 type of fresh green chili. Personally, I would not use tomato as it adds too much acid that will have to be balanced with something. Mexican oregano for sure and more cumin, freshly ground. Sneak in a little chipotle in adobo. S&P and as previously mentioned, masa as the thickener. For liquid, beef stock or water. Just my idea how to approach it considering the folks being served.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:18 AM   #57
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I'd be tempted to do a white chili with turkey...or maybe a take on Pisole....
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:35 AM   #58
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Great idea ... organize in writing ... relax ... write up all the ingredients from each post in a new note book and then take a look at different recipes and play about ... Perhaps do a Rehearsal practice and ask Shrek which is his fave !!

I believe you have an excellent chance of winning or coming in at 2nd at worst !

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Old 04-09-2012, 01:04 PM   #59
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Here's an idea that I'm gonna have to try. I love chili and enter contests every year. I've one only once, and never with my red chili. I think I've figured out why though.

Anyways, here's the idea. Are you familiar with Carne Asada? If not, it would be a great starter recipe for DC chili.

Ingredients.
3 lb. flank steak
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 large, yellow onion
3 tbs. fresh lime juice
3 tbs. fresh cilantro.
Salt & pepper
2 fresh Fresh Jalapeno. diced

Grill the flank steak over hot charcoal until medium rare. While the meat is grilling, dice the other ingredients, and chop the cilantro.

When the meat is done, remove to a good cutting board and dice it into cubes. Start the veggies cooking in a little beef fat until tender-crisp. Add the meat, salt and pepper, cilantro, and lime juice. Stir over medium heat for three minutes.

This filling is usually served with guacamole and put into burritos and tacos. But the flavor profile would be a great starter for the chile, with the smokey meat, and lime playing off of the lime and cilantro. Add cumin, chili powder, and a touch of coriander.

So that's my offering to start the chili. Others can play around with this idea and add to it as seems right.

Other ingredients that would work well, canned, ripe tomatoes, canned crushed tomatoes, Different kinds of hot peppers for added depth, a little cocoa powder, a pinch of baking soda to take out some of the acidity that can mask the other flavors, celery, pinto beans, dark-red kidney beans, Masa harina, or crushed, fresh, corn tortillas.

I'm sure that you will get more ingredients.

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Old 04-09-2012, 06:27 PM   #60
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I would agree that no matter the rest of the varied ingredients, the use of MASA as a thickener can make all the difference for a winner of a recipe. I had to buy a 5 lb bag several years ago, just to make chili and I now have a lifetime supply as I have no intention of making anything else with it.

Don't forget the Masa.
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