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Old 10-11-2006, 06:40 PM   #1
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Looking for a decent chili recipe

Hi everyone.I have been looking for a decent chili recipe on the internet for quite some time.My other half seems to be really bothered by kidney beans (the gas just about kills him with gastric pain).He suffers from IBS.
I keep looking however most recipes ive found so far are far far too hot and (spicy).Can another type of bean be substituted instead??
We both prefer fairly plain foods prefering non spicy foods,mild or medium is ok.Has anyone got a fairly easy recipe without a lot of ingredients?I certainly would appreciate it.Chilis and stews are nice in the cool fall weather we now have here,thanks Lynda


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Old 10-11-2006, 06:44 PM   #2
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Hi Lynda, sounds like its about as cold in Ontario as it is here in Edmonton.

Here is my chili recipe. Its pretty simple. I think you could just use Heinz brown beans instead of kidney beans. Also, just season to taste as you go, don't put too much chili powder or chiles in and you will do well.

I don't know much about IBS, but I have heard wonderful things about Beano. If you can put a couple drops in his bowl before he eats its supposed to help. I'd follow up with a couple of Ovol tablets after too. That stuff is golden.

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Old 10-11-2006, 07:24 PM   #3
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1 lb ground meat of your choice (most like beef)
1 medium onion chopped
1 green pepper (bell pepper) chopped (optional)
2 cloves garlic minced
1 to 2 tblspns mild chili powder
1 bay leaf
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
salt and black pepper to taste
28 oz crushed tomato product or diced tomatoes
2 15 oz cans of the beans of your choice...kidney, black, rosales, or pinto, or black eye peas if you like.
method: saute onion and garlic (and green pepper) until softened, add meat in small bits and brown, add spices, herbs, and tomato product and beans (drained), stir to incorporate. cover and simmer 1 1/2 hrs to meld flavors. Stir every 20 min or so, or use the oven at 350*F

serve over rice or cornbread or Cincinatti style over spaghetti

you can make it juicier by adding more tomato
you can make it spicier by adding more chili powder
this is a very basic mild recipe
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Old 10-12-2006, 10:57 AM   #4
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You can use any type of bean you want in chili -- or no beans at all.
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Old 10-12-2006, 11:01 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by jennyema
You can use any type of bean you want in chili -- or no beans at all.
I have used chick peas in my chili. It is definitly not traditional (but others would argue beans in general are not traditional), but I love chick peas and felt they worked well in my chili.

As far as the heat goes, you can always use less of the peppers or spices that are giving the chili heat. Or you can leave them out altogether.
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Old 03-28-2007, 04:49 PM   #6
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I also have trouble with kidney beans and hot stuff in chili. So, here is what I do.
If you are in a hurry just buy a big can of pinto beans in walmart. They have a aisle that has a large quantity shelf. They have a very large can and a medium can(which is bigger and more economical than what is on the regular bean aisle) I get 2 of the medium cans). I recomend you use a very large stock pot. I then just fry up the meat, drain the oil, mix the beans and tomatoes, or I use tomato juice and a can of paste for thickness purposes. I put in some onion ,dry or fresh whichever you prefer, and some green pepper. You can then use whatever spices from your favorite chili recipe or you can go for the quickie option. Buy a couple packs of mild, medium, or hot chili packets at the store.(I use 2 mild packets, and if I want more heat I add a few drops of hot sauce(Texas Pete, or Louisiana hot sauce). I like a sweeter smoother flavor so I add 2 to 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar 5 minutes before it is done. My oldest son is 16 and a chili fanatic. He also likes it hot so I give him the hot sauce bottle with his bowl of chili and say go for itf!!!
I hope this was helpful!!!! Good luck.
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Old 03-28-2007, 05:15 PM   #7
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Yum, chick pea is a very interesting idea, GB, surely a bit avant garde, but I am all for giving it a try!
Actually in Texas though, lots of "chilli purists" considered putting any beans in chilli was something of sacrilege. (though I ignored them as I do like beans in my chilli...)
I also make very mild chilli, and I use a lot of mild paprika powder in place of cayenne or jalapeno or any kind of spicy peppers.
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Old 03-28-2007, 06:01 PM   #8
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Hi Lynda,

Here's my favorite chili recipe:

MeanMeals.com - Crockpot Chili - Create and share your personal list of meals and recipes

It does have beans in it, but those can easily be substituted for chick peas. It is also fairly mild - not spicy at all! There's only a little bit of chili powder in it, and you could always omit that.
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Old 03-28-2007, 06:14 PM   #9
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Hi! Welcome to DC. These are not nearly all the decent chili recipes listed on this site. Scroll down the forum listings to Soups, Stews & Casseroles.
I have heard of a five can chili recipe recently. I wonder which brands work best together. Are there five name brand chili's?
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Old 03-28-2007, 07:47 PM   #10
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Just learned our town is going to have a chili cookoff this weekend.

It is apparently sanctioned by some chili organization (?) and it has strict entry requirements.

The two main contests are red and green chili, and neither one allows beans.

Those contests, as far as I can understand the rules, are for the serious chili chefs.

Then there is an open, free-for-all category. Apparently anyone with twenty bucks to spare can submit a dose of his or her chili, and they don't have to be a member of the chili cooker's organization. That category allows one to toss beans and anything else one might like into a bowl of red, or green, or whatever.


Frankly I like chili made with diced, not ground, beef and no beans. A decent steak will make a fine chili. But I am usually outvoted as to the recipe, so in go the beans with cooked ground beef and all sorts of other stuff no self respecting chili freak would ever allow into a bowl of his manna.

One of these days I am going to be all alone for an evening and am going to make a bowl of red the way I want it to be.

But in response to the posited question, and as people have stated, beans do not have to be in chili at all.

And, to iterate, there are those among us who prefer the dish that way.

But you can always serve the beans on the side, kinda spiced up, and people can toss the stuff into their chili if they want to.

And although I like a bowl of red just the way God intended it to be (sorry, but someone had to say it), I hate to admit but I will, when pressed, serve it mixed with pasta, not too bad, or over rice. The guilt lays heavily on my shoulders.

I have been a chili apostate, I hate to say it, and will probably chili sin again.

Time to call the doc about upping my medication, I fear.

Take care, and God bless.

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