Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Homemade chili tips

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays

Happy new year! :) We enjoyed having Joshua home from work today and having one last day off from our school work. Plus, I got to go out for coffee and new-baby shopping with a friend! I am not ready for a "normal" week to resume early tomorrow morning! ;)

It's cold and windy outside, and I'm putting chili on our menu plan this week. I'll probably make White Chili since I'm out of beef. I love how chili is easy, filling, and affordable! It freezes well, too.

Here are a couple chili tips! :)

Quickly thicken chili

To quickly thicken chili, stir in a can of refried beans or a small can of tomato paste.

Frozen peppers

Buy fresh peppers on sale (I like to use bell peppers) and freeze them. I usually freeze the peppers in halves and then dice as needed! That way it's easy to get a little of whatever color(s) you need for your meal and they're not frozen together in a frosty lump.

Using dried beans

If you're cooking for more than just 1 or 2 people, using dried beans can be well worth the little hands-on time it takes. I think dried beans taste better than canned, and cooking them in my crock pot is nearly effortless! Beans (or lentils!) are an affordable way to stretch chili, and leftover cooked beans can be frozen for later use.

Flavor options

Try adding a little ground cinnamon or a few semi-sweet chocolate chips to your chili!

Personally, I like adding a bit of brown sugar to tomato-based chili. I also love freshly-ground cumin in chili! Fresh spices are the best. :D

My mom's chili recipe

Dip it

Serve thick leftover chili as a dip with corn chips, or as a "relish" for hot dogs.

Wrap it

You can also serve chili in a warm flour tortilla. Sprinkle in some cheese, dab on sour cream, and even crumble in a few corn chips for a tasty chili cheese burrito!

See also: Tips for cheaper chili

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1. Tips for homemade baby food (Willa at Armstrong Family Fare)
2. Baking tip (Rachel at Trial and Error Home Ec)
3. Salad making tips (The Local Cook)
4. Tips for fluffy mashed sweet potatoes (Living So Abundantly)
5. Saving money on lunch meat (Heather at Feel Good About Dinner)
6. Softening coconut oil in the winter (Stacy at Stacy Makes Cents)
7. Cooking with lentils (Finding Joy in my Kitchen)
8. Using frozen eggs (Anna at Kolfinna's Korner)


Here's a baking tip:


Thanks for the chili ideas - we got our first snowstorm of the season yesterday and I'm so in the mood for hearty chili!

It's salad week at The Local Cook so I'm linking up some salad making tips.

Wishing you a wonderful year in 2012! My post is about tips for making fluffy mashed sweet potatoes. ;)

Your post is making me hungry for chili. It is very cold here in MI, so a bowl of warm chili sounds wonderful. Love all of your ideas.

The tip I would like to share today is how to save money on lunch meat. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

I love a bit of sweetness in my chili. YUM! :-)

Here's my tip for the week - softening coconut oil in the winter.

~Stacy from Stacy Makes Cents

My tip is for cooking with Lentils.

DH taught me years ago to put some oatmeal in our chili, to thicken it up. We don't like a soupy chili, so thats what I've done over the years and love how thick it makes it. Just thought I'd mention that, since you were talking about ways to thicken it yourself. :)

Thanks for this tip, Deb! I love the idea of using oatmeal as another last-minute thickener option, especially since I don't always have refried beans or tomato paste on hand. I'm guessing that putting the oats in the food processor for a little bit to "powder" them would make them less noticeable in the finished chili, too. :)

I had some frozen eggs because my fridge was too cool and pretty much empty. I didn't want to throw them away....You can use frozen eggs.

I made your pretzels and cheese dip on new years and it was wonderful. I did a double batch of the cheese dip and I'm planning on throwing my leftover into some homemade chili tomorrow, I hope it turns out ok.

I'm glad the pretzels and cheese dip turned out so well for you, Misty! Thanks for letting me know. :)

Here is my post on cooking beans. We try to have something we beans at least once a week.

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