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Old 04-25-2011, 05:45 PM   #11
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Did you fry your chili powder before adding it?

Errmmm... do you do that in a deep fryer?
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:49 PM   #12
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Wow, just added the sugar, what a difference! Now it's got more of the taste I expected. Thank you both very much for your advice. I just knew I'd get help here.
You are welcome. I'm glad Alix thought of the sugar, would have been furthest from my mind.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:50 PM   #13
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I wanted to jazz up my usual chili so I went hunting for "secret ingredients" I came up with:

1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
sprinkle allspice, cloves, ground ginger
teaspoon +/- Liquid Smoke

It gives it a real wow factor.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:14 PM   #14
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If you have any unsweetened chocolate, add a bit of it.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:23 PM   #15
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If you have any unsweetened chocolate, add a bit of it.
Or unsweetened cocoa powder. Have also used molasses and/or brown sugar. Sometimes ketchup and/or low sodium V8 juice.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:14 PM   #16
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FrankZ--adding your chili powder to the oil at the beginning and heating (carefully, you can scorch it) really brings out the flavor of the spices. Then put your onions and meat in to brown.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:20 PM   #17
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Oh.. ahh.. ok.. that makes sense.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:19 PM   #18
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Store bought chili powder has to cook a while to the harsh "metallic" taste out of it. Also, that might be a bit more chipotle/adobe than you need unless you really like heat. The things I would add is some cumin and some beef stock, but that's just me. Gotta have 1 TBSP cumin per lb of meat.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:32 PM   #19
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I think Alix was right about the sugar it would bring more tomato flavor to the forefront. I agree with Rob on the cumin, I always add it to my chili! Looks like the good folks here at DC already have this one well in hand Blackcat!
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:47 PM   #20
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I often add a few broken up fresh corn tortillas. it deepens the flavor and thickens the chili a bit.
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