What special ingredient do you put in your homemade chili con carne recipe?
I like Italian sausage in mine. Sometimes I use the spicy sausage and other times the mild.
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As a vegetarian, I don't make chili con carne; I make chili con CORNY. ;-) I add corn. And I make a spicy pilaf from bulgar wheat to substitute for the meat.
Very interesting recipe, MsLizzy. It is not chili con carne, though. I think I would like the corn, but not the bulgar wheat. Thanks for commenting.
Actually, the wheat is very mild, and takes on whatever flavors you add with spices, etc. The texture ends up much like crumbled ground beef. In fact, I also use this mix in my enchiladas; people don't believe they're vegetarian!
Instead of ground beef, I use shredded beef. It takes longer to cook, but it's well worth the time.
I top it with a dollop of sour cream. Makes it a real treat!
Mushrooms! . In fact i use baby bellas and call it Bella Chili.
I started this when I was married and my husband didn't like chili beans, so I substituted mushrooms. They are a little chewy and of course take on the flavor of the sauce; since i'm alone now I use both beans and mushrooms for a delicious chili. You can use canned mushrooms but I do prefer the fresh ones.
I used to use just plain chopped tomatoes. But I found that a jar of salsa adds so much more flavor. Also just one tablespoon of white vinegar and lots of chili powder.
We have our own special brand of chili powder. If the store is out of that particular brand, we don't make chili until we can buy some more. I used to add Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves until my husband let me know he didn't like it.
I'm vegan, so my chili has no carne, but it does contain pumpkin, which makes it rich and thick. Also, just a touch of cinnamon, mixed in with more traditional chili spices like cumin and red chili powder.
I use ground ancho chilis instead of chili powder. Meat is boneless beef chuck. I also use masa to thicken it. I don't put beans in. Then there are the assortments of typical spices/herbs, garlic, onions, tomatoes, etc.
My gosh that sounds so good. Beef chuck has such a great flavor and I bet the masa adds more flavor also. I will have to try this recipe. Thanks Old-Empresario.
Got the recipe from epicurious,com and it's amazing. During the time it's simmering before you chill it and add the masa, you can taste it. You may want to just eat it as-is without the masa and tomato paste. My favorite!
I like to add cocoa powder and cinnamon, it sounds weird but goes so well with meat, especially if you use dark cocoa.
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