10 Tips for Making the Perfect Chili

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From choosing the best meats to experimenting with unexpected flavors, these 10 tips will help you create the best pot of chili you’ve ever tasted.

There are few foods more comforting and delicious than a big bowl of homemade chili. The classic dish effortlessly combines a multitude of flavors and textures that has been a staple on kitchen tables for generations.

Chili is the official state food of Texas, and they have very strict guidelines on what defines the dish. Their old school “chile con carne” has no beans but features an intense mix of spices and a robust red sauce. Although the Texas staple is a classic, there are no rules on how to create your own tasty take on the meal.

With so many options and ingredients available, the process of cooking your own version of chili can seem overwhelming. How much is too much spice? How long should you let it cook? These 10 tips will help you create your own amazing chili that will have your friends and family asking for more.

10. Don’t rush

Before you begin, make sure you are allowing enough time for the chili to cook properly. Giving it extra time allows flavors to mold together and lets you adjust levels of spice and thickness of the sauce. Many purists say that chili is actually at its best the day after it’s cooked, because it allows extra time for ingredients and spices to meld and settle.

9. Pick the best meat

When it comes to meats, everyone has a different favorite. You can go Texas style with large cubes of brisket, keep it simple with ground beef, or take the low-fat route with turkey. No matter what you choose, make it a high-quality cut, and cook the meat thoroughly before you add it to the mixture.

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