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?How to thicken chili?

Last post Oct 07, 2004 6:57 PM by boeboe165 . 18 replies.


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  • ?How to thicken chili?
    What do I use to make chili a little thicker?
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    Add a can of tomato paste.
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    You could smash up your beans a bit, I usually try to cook my pintos where the beans are falling apart anyway, but u can also add just a bit of regular instant potatoes too. I use this idea with soups and stews also, if it is needed. Connie
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    You could smash up your beans a bit, I usually try to cook my pintos where the beans are falling apart anyway, but u can also add just a bit of regular instant potatoes too. I use this idea with soups and stews also, if it is needed. Connie
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    Add more meat & beans!
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    I made chili for our last hamburger & hot dog cookout today. I wanted it thick for the dogs so I just didn't add the usual amount of tomato juice and let it cook down as usual.
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    We use a little masa(corn flour used to make tortillas and tamales) blended with some water. It makes a wonderful thickener for chili.
    My dh usually makes the chili. He starts out with 1/4c. masa + 1/3c. water for a regular batch of chili(2-3 quarts).

    deb
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    as of now the chili consists of meat, beans, tomatosauce, spices and water so it's more like a soup than chili
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    i was going to suggest masa also...if its not available look for corn flour especially if your have a bulk store in your area!!
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    can I just add the mesa or do I have to mix it with water first?
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    It's best if you mix it w/ something. You could take some of the chili juice out and use that. The masa clumps up if you don't make a paste out of it first.

    :)deb
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    I use a little cornmeal or cream of wheat stirred in. We like our chili to be a little of the thicker side as my kids scoop it up with tortilla chips
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    thanks for the great ideas will let you know how it is
    does anyone use cocoa in their chili
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    Just let it cook down until it is the consistency that you want. I make my chili in a crockpot and about an hour or so before I want to serve it, I take the cover off and let it cook down.

    Now if you don't have the time to let it cook down, try adding so refried beans. Start with just a couple of tablespoons at a time until the desired consistency.

    Hope this helps.
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  • RE: ?How to thicken chili?
    Add refried beans -- I haven't tried this, read it in TOH and it seems like it would work well and the flavors would be compatible.
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