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Old 01-07-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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How Much Chili Powder in Chili?

For those of you that make homemade chili, how much chili powder do you use?

We love chili and sometimes order it in casual restaurants, but I'd never made it myself...until today. I finally decided to give it a try.

The recipe called for 1-2 teaspoons of chili powder, so I only put 1 in at first. After it simmered awhile (at least an hour) I tasted the liquid and thought it needed more, so put in another half teaspoon. Another hour of simmering, and I decided to have a small cup of it. Tasted extremely bland to me so I added another teaspoon. So, as of right now, it has 2-1/2 teaspoons in it. I'll have DH taste it when he gets home and see what he thinks.

I did make a larger batch than the recipe makes, as I added more beans and more tomatoes, so maybe a little more chili powder will be okay.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:40 PM   #2
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I use a heaping tablespoon for each pound of meat.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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I use a heaping tablespoon for each pound of meat.
We use at least that,(Tablespoon, not teaspoon) and 3 large cloves of garlic and a teaspoon of cumin and 1/8 t of cinnamon. My husband prefers it with a seeded pepper or two floating around in it but I often veto that because I like to taste the spices.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:46 PM   #4
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Around 1-2 Tablespoons per pound of meat.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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A good tablespoon for 1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey and I make sure to add plenty of cumin, that adds a nice smoky flavor that enhances the chili powder.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:51 PM   #6
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Chili powder, surprisingly to many, is not that potent or hot.

I always use a lot.

The key to adding flavor are in the other seasonings.
Use plenty of salt.
I use some garlic.
I also add some heat. Jalapeno's or ground red pepper, etc...
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:54 PM   #7
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Plus Chili usually gets the kick the second day. So be careful of adding too much.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:57 PM   #8
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Wowza!

My recipe that I make all the time calls for 1/4 cup of chili powder!!!

I'm constantly having to buy more, but my chili rocks and is worth it.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:09 PM   #9
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I'm so glad you asked this, MIGrandma, because I've always wondered.

My chili always, always tastes bland. I usually use 1 pound ground beef, 1 can tomatoes (diced or whatever), 1 can chili beans in sauce, cumin sprinkled liberally, garlic powder sprinkled liberally, and 1-2 Tbsp chili powder.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:16 PM   #10
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Add it then taste it. Did it have that nice burn in my mouth? No then add more. Keep going until it taste right.

I do add some other hot sauce to it too so sometime's it a balance of hot sauce then chili powder. But almost all of my chili seasonings are "to taste".
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At least a couple of tablespoons for a large pot . I just keep shaking it in till I think it tastes good. Sometimes I need to add a dollop of sour cream to my bowl to counteract my excessive shakes .
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At least half a bottle, perhaps more depending on the size of the batch. I also add other spices. I wouldn't even call something with two teaspoons "chili."

There's a huge difference in commercial chili powders, so keep that in mind, too. The ingredients list on the best ones is pretty simply and doesn't have any ingredients that aren't peppers/spices.
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Sometimes if mine seems bland I add some salsa to give it flavor.
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At least half a bottle, perhaps more depending on the size of the batch. I also add other spices. I wouldn't even call something with two teaspoons "chili."

There's a huge difference in commercial chili powders, so keep that in mind, too. The ingredients list on the best ones is pretty simply and doesn't have any ingredients that aren't peppers/spices.
Yay! Someone else that makes chili like I do!
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:47 PM   #15
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I always put way more than a recipe calls for. my secret is to add some Chinese hot mustard and a little cocoa powder!

now I want chili!!!
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