Yinz like chili? I do. I haven’t made any for a long time. I may need to change that. I stole this (& modified it) from my never-used Cookpendium blog. My writing has hopefully improved since then. Maybe not. I like a tamer chili that would appeal to a wide variety of people to add heat as they like. I like it thick enough to make a spoon stand. I can take or leave the beans, and I reject your debatable elitist visions of chili or what it ought to be.
I ought to try and make a new batch using only stuff I buy at Aldi.
How do you make yours?
[Originally from a post at (the now defunct) PittsburghBeat.com, here’s a few consolidated chili recipe/methods…]
I’ve never made chili before, and in researching, I came across 50 billion recipes. So, this morning I made my own in the crock pot…
- 2 cans of condensed tomato soup
- 1 can of tomato paste
- 1 packet of chili mix
- about ½ cup of water
- 1 tsp. of beef bullion
- 1 can light red kidney beans
- however much ground meat was leftover from last night
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- a dash of cayenne pepper
- a dash of paprika
- a dash of garlic
…and I slapped it into the crock pot on low for 8 hours.
Hope it tastes good when I get home. I’ve got shredded cheddar cheese for the top of it, & Super-Pretzels to go along with it. They always served pretzels & chili in my elementary school cafeteria so they belong together in my warped mind.
Most of them use tomato paste, soup, sauce, juice, or diced tomatoes as a base… I even saw one that called for Spicy hot V8… and I think my mom always used soup. Tomato paste is usually bitter, so I figured the tomato soup would counteract it. All of the spices should be rockin’. I like my chili thick.
Oh yeah, about 1/2 the ground meat was cooked w/ some seasoning salt & A1.
Here’s what basically went into my chili. I’ll probably eventually make a blog about it with a narrative so I can remember what I did this time for next time… to see what I wanna change or what I wanna do again.
I ended up only using the one can of diced tomatoes (the one with jalapeños) and still kind’ve overflowed the pot by a small amount. So, next time I may cut out one can of tomato soup or a can of beans. Also, I want to try garbanzo beans in my next batch… and I’ve heard chocolate powder goes good in chili some times… so I wanna try that one day too.
I also tossed in 2 slices of Velveeta ripped apart, a dash of spicy brown mustard, and a drop or 2 of A1 Cracked Peppercorn Steak Sauce.
I think the meat that I used was too fatty or I didn’t drain enough fat (…even though I got a about ⅔ of a regular sized plastic cup full of fat out of it). I had to skim some excess grease off of the top when I popped it open this morning.
I’ll let you know the general consensus after it’s been consumed.
[Edit: It was good.]
I must have pinned this at some point, too. Someone re-pinned it here…
I think it was a joke about Pepto because this chili killed my guts, even served over mashed potatoes.
Share your chili recipes with me in the comment section below. Don’t be a jag and sit on your secret ingredient(s). Is it cocoa powder? Chocolate bars? Corn? Zucchini? Cinnamon? Potatoes? Steak? Instant potato flakes? Cornmeal? Chupacabra?
How do you serve it? In a bowl? Over baked or mashed potatoes, rice,or spaghetti? With soft pretzels or cornbread? With tortilla chips or crackers?
How do you cook it? Crock pot? Dutch oven? Stove top? Over a campfire?
Do you like the Hormel canned stuff or the stuff from Wendy’s? Who makes your favorite?