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Old 08-29-2006, 10:43 PM   #81
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I usually use red kidney beans. Last time I tried a combination of black and navy beans.

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Old 08-30-2006, 03:17 AM   #82
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Using beans certainly doesn't make me feel inferior. I consider whatever anyone says about chili or any other dish a matter of personal taste and it may or may not be something with which I agree. There are probably a cajillion definitive answers on chili and mine is as valuable as anyone else's. The one thing I don't like about chili is any canned variety. But some people don't mind that. I like to know exactly what is in everything I eat and most of the time that is quite possible.

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Old 08-30-2006, 10:40 AM   #83
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Originally Posted by cliveb
My chilli has beans in it, and I'm proud of them!
It's also blisteringly hot, which doesn't endear it to a lot of people, but then sometimes you just have to please yourself.
Once every six months, at least!!
I'm going to make up a t-shirt that says: got beans?

Sort of like the "got milk?" thing.
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:33 PM   #84
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Originally Posted by vagriller
I'm going to make up a t-shirt that says: got beans?

Sort of like the "got milk?" thing.
to me chili is not chili without beans

beans are so good for you too we eat them all the time
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Old 09-02-2006, 06:11 AM   #85
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My chili is my chili - w/beans, its a personal thing and what you were brought up with. No one is wrong on their recipe if they enjoy it. True chili is "Your chili" !! Love my chili, soup whatever you want to call it !
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Old 09-02-2006, 08:23 AM   #86
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I always use beans too, they also serve a good purpose in way that they`re Fantastic at absorbing any fats or oils present in the dish.

Oddly enough, our Cats like them too, with or without chili sauce :)
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Old 09-03-2006, 01:28 AM   #87
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Same same, to me, chili has to have the red kidney beans. And be at least a little spicy. I don't have a cat right now, but my two Mastiff's love the chili.

To the OP, another unoriginal answer: yeah, chili can be a soup that works as a main dish.
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Old 09-03-2006, 02:56 AM   #88
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its obvious that our upbringing plays a major part into what we define as the ultimate dish... mylegsbig is from texas and there is absolutely no way he could ever accept beans in his chili and he's right in doing so just like no true italian would ever accept (or eat) a dish of spaghetti and meatballs which is an american creation!!! Try telling someone from philly that a cheesesteak can be made with red peppers, try telling someone from new orleans to thicken his gumbo with cornstarch or cream!! sure, all these things can be done... but when that person comes back and says it isnt a real cheesesteak or real gumbo, PLEASE understand WHY it is that they say it!! One must entirely feel obligated to defend recipes that were created in their own backyard!! Im not saying you cant put beans in your chili, but most likely beans were not used in the original... and here's more, most likely neither were tomatoes!!! Please read david rosengarten's excerpt:

makes 4 to 6 main-course servings To a chili purist, the modern additions of tomatoes and beans to a chili as well as the modern practice of grinding the beef, not cutting it into small cubes, are abhorrent, and ample evidence of the failure of modern civilization.
Of course, the meat that the idealized cowboy probably used was pemmican, or preserved bison, which he had tucked under his saddle near his rifle. I don't hear the purists clamoring for pemmican, so I guess it's OK to accept a few modern adjustments.
The following fabulous recipe, shows you why the purist has a point: The end result is a rich, deep, chile-laden "bowl o' red," with tender morsels of beef and deep, beefy flavor throughout. No bells or whistles--this Real Texas Chili has become my favorite chili of all."


And in reference to the whole "picante" thing from a native spanish speaker, "picante" as an adjective means spicy as in hot spicy and "picante" as a noun means hot sauce.... and i didnt know columbus came to america and called those little things "peppers" - i am guessing that if he was sailing under the king and queen of spain he must not have named fruits and vegetables in the english language but rather in spanish....

and as for the soup/stew thing, chili for me is a stew
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Old 09-03-2006, 03:00 AM   #89
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Does anyone else find it ironic that discussions of chili thrive while discussing beans and die when chilles are brought up?
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not on my watch it wouldn`t, I produce chilis, so it`s a topic veary dear to my heart :)

start a thread on it, you may be certain of seeing me in there too :)

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