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Ossumpei
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Re: Test Batch Chili

#206383 2 years ago
I keep telling myself to keep it simple, but end up overdoing it in some way. The RR batch was about as simple as I've made in a while, and it was pretty good.

I should have known not to use that much cocoa. The 1st time I used chocolate it was a real dark Ghiradelli bar that didn't seem to do much. Next time I'll know better.

I can see where a good porter, like that really strong Sierra Nevada porter would make a difference. That stuff has some strong flavor in it. I have a couple of IPA's in the fridge, maybe I could add one to the bean boiling part next time. I know of a Mexican restaurant that uses Budweiser in their black beans and they're great.

I always let it set up overnight, it tastes better that way. This batch definitely did, but the sweetness remained. Can't take that out.

I'm not to disappointed though. After all it was a test. I'll learn from this like I do from every batch and hopefully the next one will be better.

That's my new slogan, wait until the next one, its going to be really good.
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huemoon
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Re: Test Batch Chili

#206391 2 years ago
tis the season for chili!

I've never heard of using cocoa in the mix -- reminds me of the Aztec spicy chocolate flavor.

Yummmm! Wish we could all taste test for ya!
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Re: Test Batch Chili

#206395 2 years ago
Chili ready!
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Ossumpei
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Re: Test Batch Chili

#206399 2 years ago
huemoon wrote:
tis the season for chili!

I've never heard of using cocoa in the mix -- reminds me of the Aztec spicy chocolate flavor.

Yummmm! Wish we could all taste test for ya!


Mexican chocolate was my original ingredient, but I went with cocoa instead. They spice it up with cinnamon etc, and from what I hear its pretty good that way. Never had it, and couldn't find it in my grocery store. I'm sure if I go to a Mexican groceria or an international food market I'll be able to find some.
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Ossumpei
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Re: Test Batch Chili

#206400 2 years ago
Hey Em, I'm not doing anything today. You're welcome to come over and try a bowl if you like.

Its always nice to see you anyway.
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Ossumpei
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Re: Test Batch Chili

#206401 2 years ago
I'm trying the first bowl since setting overnight. It actually came out pretty good, even if its not exactly what I had planned.

A little spicy, and a bit to sweet, but not much. Overall a good batch. Lots of protein and the bacon adds an unusual flavor that's nice with the sweetness.

I'm so picky, and strive for perfection that I'll never find. I find fault in my chili that others would find excellent. Taste is subjective, one man asks for seconds what another man spills.

That is the ongoing saga of Bill and his chili.
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katie mae
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Re: Test Batch Chili

#206414 2 years ago
Ossumpei, if you're just tweaking your main chili recipe, I'd recommend that you make a large batch of what you consider your "mother" recipe. Then separate it into a few smaller pots. Label each pot by number and write down the extra ingredients you put into each one, that way you don't have to create from scratch over and over again and you can taste and compare in real time, both immediately after cooking, as well as the next day.

Also, Mexican Chocolate is nothing like cocoa powder, they couldn't be more different. Mexican Chocolate is sold as "Ibarra" Chocolate and you can buy it at Whole Foods and other specialty stores, or online. I recommend buying it and trying again. Cocoa will never give you the same rich texture and flavors that Ibarra will. Good luck!

Ibarra Chocolate online:
http://www.mexgrocer.com/2544.html
Ossumpei
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Re: Test Batch Chili

#206440 2 years ago
Thanks Katie Mae, that's excellent advice. Mr Strider suggested splitting the batches like that, but for some reason I've developed the habit of trying to make the whole pot the same. I really need to try it your way a few times.

Good advice on the chocolate too. I didn't take into consideration the texture and better flavor of chocolate compared to cocoa. That stuff is very bitter and makes the chili quite dark. I definitely will use that next time.

Another great thing about this forum, community advice.
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Chester
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Re: Test Batch Chili

#206442 2 years ago
I thought the sugar you added, would offset the bitterness of the cocoa. But I like the idea of using actual chocolate.
I still would get dark, but that Mexican chocolate sounds interesting. I kinda wish I lived closer, so I could try it.
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Ossumpei
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Re: Test Batch Chili

#206453 2 years ago
It would be nice if more folks lived closer.

We have a great time with the people around here when we can. Chuck and Em are right here, Tim and Sara just a short drive, and Brian and Allison 4 hrs away in KC. We definitely take advantage of living close by.

That's the thing about this forum. We find people we really like but don't live close enough to hang out as much as we would like.
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