February 18, 2009
- Increase the Heat: Make any of these recipes hotter by using a hot chili powder or adding minced fresh, hot peppers; cayenne; or crushed, dried red pepper to taste.
- Increase the Flavor: If you like the flavor of chili but not the heat, donâ€™t use any hot peppers at all and choose a mild, sweet chili powder.
- Save Cash: Cheaper cuts of beef and pork stand up to chiliâ€™s long cooking time and deliver superior flavor. When cutting into bite-sized pieces, trim fat to individual taste.
- Cook it Slow: Long, gentle cooking over low heat results in tender meat, thicker consistency and well-melded flavors. A shorter cooking time at high heat can make the meat tougher and increases the risk of burning.
- Add These: Accompaniments that people can add to their taste at the table include chopped fresh cilantro, sour cream and cheese, such as grated sharp cheddar or thin slices of Manchego.