I had grand plans to share a next-level chili recipe today. I’ve been plotting, scheming and experimenting and was sure I’d have an awesome chili recipe to share. I even spent 2 days cooking it.
But it’s not good enough. It’s good but it’s not what I was aiming for. Instead of giving you a recipe for something I’m not head-over-heals in love with, I thought I’d share a few ingredient ideas that I stumbled upon when researching chili. And I might-as-well share a photo of our attempt on the weekend while we’re at it!
These ideas aren’t bizarre; just lesser-used. You can add any (but not all) of the following to most chili recipes for good results.
5 Unusual Ingredients for Chili
- Stock. Lots of Stock
Stock, in and of itself, isn’t that unusual an ingredient for chili. But most people use it sparingly. Similar to a bolognese you can mix equal parts tomato sauce and stock and slowly reduce to make a thick, extra-flavored base for your chili.
- Honey or Maple Syrup
Adding a bit of sweetness to balance the acidity of all those tomatoes often makes them more enjoyable. Replace white sugar with a touch of either of these ingredients for a pleasant change.
Bourbon or whiskey are my favorite boozes to add to chili. Add them right at the end for best results.
Finely grate chocolate a few minutes before serving. It adds a richness/ depth to your chili!
- Cheese Rinds
We grate Parmesan with our dinner regularly. When the cheese is gone we freeze the rind. The rind can be added to a chili as it cooks. It won’t melt down but it will add lots of flavor.
What’s your favorite addition to chili?