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Old 11-03-2008, 10:54 AM   #1
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Novice chili recipe please critique?

Ingredients

400 g of tomatoes
1 lb of braising steak
one onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp of brown sugar
1 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 tbsp of paprika
1 tbsp of cumin seeds
1/2 pint of beef stock

sour cream and corriander to garnish

Do you think it needs some fresh chillis if so what sort , i like my chili to have a kick but not to be so hot you cant get near it.

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Old 11-03-2008, 10:57 AM   #2
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Its not chili without chiles. Um...what kind can you get? Anchos are nice. You can get some smoked ones that will add some lovely flavour to your chili. Can you start with some chili powder and then find your chiles to add the flavour and heat you want?
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:05 AM   #3
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Personally, I don't think it has nearly enough spice. Ground cumin, chile pepper, and mexican oregano. In greater quantities.

A dry, rehydrated and pureed ancho chili would give it depth of flavor without making it too hot.

Why the sugar? I have never put it in chili. Sometimes unsweetened chocolate but never sugar.

Paprika? Again, I am wondering why.

Also, personally I think that is way too much tomato. Plenty of chili aficionados use very little or no tomato in chili.

Beef stock works but I generally use beer.

I think you have a good base that needs to be kicked up
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:08 AM   #4
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here is a list of chillis i can get

Big sun haberno
Ring of fire
Scotch bonnet
Aji pepper
Devils tongue
New mexican big jim
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:14 AM   #5
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i will rewrite this recipe over the enxt few days with your help.

But may i ask which beer , SOL and would a bottle do , also why beer

I am adding tomatoes purely because i know the people i am making it for prefer a liquidy tomatoey based foods.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:18 AM   #6
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alos i can get ancho , cascabel , pasilla , de arbol , serrano , jalapeno , Guajillo , chiplote
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:20 AM   #7
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i can get dried oregano or ground oregano of the mexcian variety
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:28 AM   #8
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I'd stay away from fruity peppers like habs and scotch bonnets.

Ancho is a dried pepper that is very common in chili. I'd use that. If you want to kick up the heat, jalapenos are good. Chipotles are dried, smoked jalapenos. IMO sometimes they can be too smokey in chili, but other people love them.

Beer gives a bit of bitter edge and depth of flavor and the alcohol helps release flavor components.
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:37 AM   #9
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how many anchos do you think i need to use for a chilli serving 3-4.

ALso which beer should i get

And the choclate intiques me how much and would it be the 70 percent cocoa choc .

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Old 11-03-2008, 11:40 AM   #10
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mulato chilli ?
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