Evidently you didn't google 22 years or more of HS or you would have known the answer...
May 12 2012, 12:20 AM
seems to be the sentiment lately...oh...I make the best chili in the United States...welllll...that's what my daughter tells me anyway...could be some predjudices envolved. Don't think I've ever made it the same way twice...maybe that's why it's soooooo good...if anyone disagrees I know nothing of the Men in Black at your door........
Both sometimes as well as venison...sometimes I like a good smoked sausage also.....
May 12 2012, 12:35 AM
I use my own homegrown peppers also...cayenne, Thais,
jalapenos and other varieties...hot & non-hot. A long day of simmering is the ultimate enhancer if ya ask me.
I've tried chicken but I've decided it was made to fry & bar-b-cue........or beer butt cook in a closed charcoal grill...oooh...thatt's good chicken...!!!
Don't think I've ever made it the same way twice.....
May 12 2012, 2:02 PM
I tend to start by browning lean ground pork and beef, several diced onions, and a whole head of crushed garlic.
This now goes into a big slow cooker.
I find my long list titled "Things to put in the Chili pot" - and start to pick and choose. Making a batch is an all day undertaking, and is always a bit different. But unbiased, third party, taste testers comment favorably on the results.
Beans are legit...I like it sometimes without depending how I'm going to serve it....when
May 12 2012, 2:25 PM
I do use beans (95% of the time) I like to cook dried
pintos to use in the chili...some will say it's not true chili with beans or others without...true chili is what's in the pot when you get er' done.....
Either my palate is tremendously unsophisticated or excellent chili is darned easy to make, because I've been jazzed more often than not. Really, the stuff is so variable, in terms of meat, seasonings, beans or not, onions this, garlic that, and what kind of booze was poured into it (or not), that to try to pin a 'best' label probably depends more on the phases of the moon than anything else.
"Don't take your life too seriously, son. At the end of it, you won't be alive anyway."