It’s chili season. When the weather gets colder, there are few dishes that hit the spot quite like it. The combinations of meat, veggies, beans, and spices — or no beans if Texas-style is more your taste — we call chili are practically endless. And, so is our enjoyment when we cozy up to a bowl of the comfort food that’s equally at home as a family dinner or snack for ravenous sports fans.
Master the fine art of chili with a ladle full of tips, then try out our top chili recipes below.
Season It Yourself
Pre-packaged chili seasoning is a quick and convenient way to create the fall flavor you know and love. Mixing the spices yourself, on the other hand, allows you to fine tune the flavor to your own preferences. Want an extra spicy chili? Go for it!
Brown for Better Taste
The first step to great chili takes place before you add any liquid — which should be stock, not water — to the pot. Whether your making chili with beans and meat or a vegetarian chili, brown the meat and/or veggies.
How Long to Cook Chili
One of the best things about chili is once you get it started it’s a relatively hands-off meal. Let it cook low and slow. Some recipes might call for an hour while Crockpot® chili recipes can take four hours or more. Either way, you’ll have plenty of time to prep other foods for game day parties or to relax and enjoy more of fall’s comforts.
Flavors In Bloom
If you want to give your chili an extra kick, bloom it. Blooming is the process of cooking spices in oil or butter to draw out more flavor. It only takes a few minutes but it makes a big, bold difference.
A Grand Finale
When making slow cooker chili recipes, there’s a tendency for the flavor to mellow out because of the long cooking time. To give your chili a more enhanced taste, add a spoonful of vinegar at the end of the cooking process.