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So I'm going to use some beans in chili. What kind?

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  • #16
    Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
    ^No, you can definitely argue it.... you can argue chili doesn't taste better with beans as a personal preference, a regional preference, and even from a culinary standpoint (as in the above points that with beans is technically not chili)....and you would be correct. None of that is dogma. I'm pretty sure that 90% of the time people use the word "dogma" on this forum its used incorrectly.

    Anyhow from that detour I will add this for the thread. When I make true chili I like to use at least two different textures of beef from different cuts. That is usually ground and cubed...the extra texture really adds to the dish IMO. For beans in a stew I like to use pinto, black, and or navy....those are the only ones I have on hand.
    I see you've completely ignored the point of my post and elected to use it as a springboard for a useless tirade.
    Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by breadsauce View Post
      Totally agree. Where this idea came from that "real" chill doesn't have beans I don't know - or care. I love beans in chill. And in my book, that doesn't make it a stew!

      “Real” chili cannot contain beans or tomatoes | Kitchen Myths

      Mine usually contains chopped green coriander (cilantro) and I don't care if that is considered sacrilege or not either - I am eating it and I like it that way. And it is damned tasty!
      Every time I see a post on any forum anywhere on the internet about chili, it turns into a fight between what belongs in chili, and it's usually started by the "purists" that believe real chili is nothing but ground chili peppers soaked in water, and meat. The point is, chili is a platform. It has become a base for a million different things - red chilis, green chilis, vegetarian chilis, chili with beans, chili with corn, pork chili, beef chili, chicken chili, turkey and white bean chili...the possibilities are endless. Saying chili with beans is not real chili is like saying pizza isn't real pizza unless it's nothing but crust, tomato sauce and a sprinkling of hard Italian cheese, or saying spaghetti isn't spaghetti because it contains meatballs and must purely be pasta and tomato gravy. Pizza, pasta, chili - they are BASES. It's an opportunity to make a "big pot of shit." Chili is a "clean out the fridge" kind of food, and its contents vary with the leftover meals and produce in your fridge available to you.

      I've made chili with some weird stuff in it because I had to get rid of some stuff in my fridge. And it always turns out great, regardless whether or not it is basic, traditional "chili."
      Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 12-18-2013, 10:24 AM.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
        I see you've completely ignored the point of my post and elected to use it as a springboard for a useless tirade.
        Wait....there was a point? You didn't like my three sentence "tirade"

        All I got from your post is that you like beans in chili, and if others don't its to being dogmatic. I see it all the time. Opinions labeled as "dogmatic" to disparage the other persons views. Most of the time erroneously so. It annoys me, so I said as much.

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        • #19
          I put squash in my chili. Not necessarily due to any "food dogma," but because that's how the recipe I stumbled across and decided I liked the best did it.

          I just came across a Jamie Oliver recipe for tamales that uses lamb, squash, carrots, pintos, and chiles as the stuffing. Sounded easily adaptable to stew form and I have a ton of chunked (hacked) up lamb in my freezer, so I'll be trying that this week. Minus the beans, but because I have a still um, weak, digestive system.

          I don't know about canned beans. WAPF said they were processed to be easier to digest, but I'd like to know if it makes them any better nutritionally like the traditional soak/boil/slow cook method. Of course WAPF is against them, but they're cheap and I want to go to college soon.

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          • #20
            I finally went back to USA for a visit and brought back 3 canisters of my favorite chili powder. It just isn't right to my taste without the McCormick's I grew up with. But then I refuse to use kidney beans because I grew up with them in chili, too. I guess I got bored. I usually use 1 can each of black and pinto. I also started using actual tomatoes instead of tomato paste. Onions. A whole pound of ground beef. That makes lunch all week.

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            • #21
              I love to add beans to my chili, too. It helps add a little fiber to reduce the need for using a cleanse product.

              My favorite choice is to buy the small bags of mixed beans. My store has some bags that have pinto, black, navy, and kidney beans combined. It adds a little extra color and flavor to the mix.

              If you were planning on canned beans, then stick with kidney beans or red beans.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by sarahsj View Post
                I love to add beans to my chili, too. It helps add a little fiber to reduce the need for using a cleanse product.

                My favorite choice is to buy the small bags of mixed beans. My store has some bags that have pinto, black, navy, and kidney beans combined. It adds a little extra color and flavor to the mix.

                If you were planning on canned beans, then stick with kidney beans or red beans.
                Have you considered not adding extra fiber instead of using these cleansing products? I found my digestion worked a lot better when I stopped overdoing the fiber (lots of raw veg and beans).

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