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Old 11-20-2009, 09:28 PM   #11
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Thank you all for the ideas! I will definitely try some of these things and report back after the cook-off!

Please feel free to keep the ideas coming!
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:46 PM   #12
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I have a question:

I love garlic and would definitely like to add some... I will chop it up in my garlic zoom. Should I saute it in the skillet with some oil then put the ground beef in there with it? Or should I just put it in there with the other ingredients when I mix everything together?
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:06 PM   #13
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I mix mine in directly, but either way would work well!
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:02 AM   #14
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cocoa adds a nice touch to chili
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:26 AM   #15
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The problem with starting with the garlic first is that it can easily burn and turn bitter. I usually put my garlic in with the onions to saute.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:52 AM   #16
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No help, but I definitely want some chili now and it's 8 in the morning.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:04 AM   #17
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Looks like some one has the same idea as me about smoked peperika, I've also use liquid smoke in mine.
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:41 PM   #18
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OK, my chili is simmering.

The changes I made:

Well, I chopped up a few cloves of garlic and sauteed them with my chopped up onion. I used to use no garlic and I just dropped my onion right into the pot.

I drained the juices off from the canned beans.

I added 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika. I'll let things simmer for an hour or so then give a taste. Maybe I'll add more.

I used some beef broth instead of water.

That's it for this batch because I'm scared to do too much at once LOL.

I'll eventually try all of the suggestions in this thread

I'll report back after the cook-off!

Thanks again
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Old 11-21-2009, 02:29 PM   #19
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Good Luck! I hope some of our suggestions help.
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OK, my chili is simmering.

The changes I made:

Well, I chopped up a few cloves of garlic and sauteed them with my chopped up onion. I used to use no garlic and I just dropped my onion right into the pot.

I drained the juices off from the canned beans.

I added 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika. I'll let things simmer for an hour or so then give a taste. Maybe I'll add more.

I used some beef broth instead of water.

That's it for this batch because I'm scared to do too much at once LOL.

I'll eventually try all of the suggestions in this thread

I'll report back after the cook-off!

Thanks again
Cool, I hope it turns out for you. My beans are in water right now, I'm using Red Kidney Beans & pinto beans in mine.

I have a 3x1 ratio of beans, That's 3 oz of pinto beans to 1 oz of Red kindey beans.
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