It is no secret that cold weather and chili go hand in hand – but chili is a great crowd puller for the whole year. Why not combine your Tex-Mex summer barbecue menu with a large pot of hot, homemade chili and cold brew?
Chili is also infinitely versatile, easy to prepare, healthy or vegetarian, and it's fun to make a chili bar with lots of toppings like grated cheese, chopped spring onions, sliced avocado and more. Maybe you even do it so often that it gets boring. But these times are over.
The spicy stew is one of those dishes that is endlessly grippable. And we're not just talking about using turkey mincemeat instead of beef or a white version with chicken. (Both are good options ̵
Here are eight simple, unexpected ways to change your chili and give it a great flavor boost.
. 1 Mix up your meat
Minced meat is not the only protein that works, people. Try to trade 1/3 of the beef for ground pork or Italian sausage (hot or sweet) for a richer, more complex flavor, recommends Clare Langan, culinary producer for the Scraps A & E show. Or try a combination of ground turkey plus chorizo. "It's a lighter chili with something going on," she says.
Do you really want to get wild? Add a few handfuls of pastrami cut into small pieces. "I like to throw it in 15 minutes before the chilli is done. I think it gives the whole dish a smoky and flavorful depth, "says Andrew Dana, co-owner of Timber Pizza Co. and Call Your Mother of Washington, D.C.
. 2 Spice It Up
Why limit yourself to the usual chilli powder or cumin? With smoked paprika for extra smoke, cinnamon for a touch of warm sweetness, or garam masala or tandoori spice mix for Indian flair, says Austin Alvarez, co-founder of the blog Building Our Rez. There is no right or wrong amount – just add it at will ,
"For a roasted spice profile, place a small fraction in the pan or pot while searing the garlic before combining all the ingredients. It emphasizes every subtle nuance, "he says.
. 3 Char your chilis
Sautéing peppers is good. But getting them all black and charred is even better. "By charring in an open flame, the peppers taste smoother than they do in the crisp heat," says Chris Morgan, co-owner and co-owner of Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen and Maydan in Washington, DC
Use pliers to hold the To roast peppers over a gas burner or a wood fire. Do not you have a flame? Roast the peppers in the pan or in the oven until the pods are black and papery, he says.
. 4 Booze it up
Enhance the taste by replacing half of your water or broth with beer. "Stout works great, but any dark beer would be a good choice," says Sandi Haustein, founder of the blog The Welcoming Table. Or … try wine . You can use any kind of wine that you like to drink – red or white.
Boil 4 cups of wine over medium heat until boiled down to 1 cup (the mixture will be thick and syrupy) Cook, recommends former chef and caterer John Wilder. It tastes like a rich broth, but is better.
. 5 Try a coffee.
A shot of your remaining morning brew gives chili a rich, nutty bitterness. "It has a similar effect to chocolate in a molé sauce," says Paula Hingley, founder of the blog How to Make Dinner. She recommends pouring 2 cups of coffee along with tomato and bean preserves after searing meat and vegetables.
. 6 Get More Umami Without the Meat
Yes, meatless chilli can still be delicious. Enhance the savory taste with 2 tablespoons of finely chopped, sun-dried tomatoes in oil, says Marly McMillen Beelman, founder of the blog Namely Marly. Stir in them when adding the canned tomatoes.
Or try a few teaspoons of miso paste instead, suggests Langan. Remember that it can be quite salty. "So you may not have to add that much salt," she says.
. 7 Get Fruity
Acai puree may be one of your favorite ingredients for smoothies, but you probably have not tried chili before. That's a mistake, says Amy Reiley, founder of the Eat Something Sexy blog. "I make a pot of chili with acai puree, which everyone swears it's the best chili he's ever tasted," she says. Be sure to readjust the spices before serving. The acai gives – along with an extra portion of food – a rich, almost chocolaty taste.
. 8 Try an Edible Bowl
"One way to enhance a chili recipe is to use a baked sweet potato as a dish," says Amira Lamb, a certified personal trainer. Simply bake sweet potatoes for 45 minutes at 204 ° C, cut most of the meat into a bowl and scoop in the chili. "Keep the sweet potato meat for sweet potato puree!" Recommends lamb.