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Soupy chili

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Larry F, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Growing up, chili was always soupy. At home, my mom made it with a healthy proportion of water. I loved it that way, as I have very good memories of coming in to dinner after playing outside on a fall afternoon. In school, all of the schools in the district shared the same menus. As at home, the chili was soupy, to great acclaim.

    Leaving the comfort and traditions of the home base, I had a rude awaking from roommates, friends, and spouses. The unanimous response was, "it's too soupy." Even now, my wife will invariably say not to put too much water in it.

    Youse guys? Any help or moral support on this?
     
  2. E5RSY

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    Soupy chili is required for hot dog use, otherwise I always use some masa flour to thicken it up.

    Scott
     
  3. TeleTex82

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    another good way to thicken it is to blend some of the chili up with either a day old bolillo roll or some charred tortillas then mixed back with the rest of the chili.
     
  4. BartS

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    Soupy chilli doesn't sound pretty good. Growing up the only thickeners and fillers in my house were ground beef or pork.
     
  5. Jupiter

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    Mom's homemade was sorta soupy, but the canned stuff I ate for years back in college was not, so I'm bi-cultural.

    And now I want chili....
     
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    Chili should be able to be scooped up on a tortilla chip or a cracker, as if it were a dip.
     
  7. Blue Bill

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    Larry, go with soupy my brother. A rich ruby-colored broth is what makes it real.
     
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    You need to try wolf brand canned chili . Best soupy chili ever.
     
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    You need a certain amount of moisture to ensure the crackers get soaked up properly IMO.
     
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    My chili is not what you'd call "soupy" but it's not a solid paste like some chilis either... I neither add water nor masa to get where I want to go with it... and I don't use tomato paste either... diced tomatoes, Ro-tel, spices, carne picada I get at Wally World, diced onions, peppers, and mushrooms, dark and light kidney beans, and pinto beans... oftentimes I make it for Sunday dinner... yummmm!!!!

    Franc Robert
     
  11. william tele

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    I'm bi...

    Chili with beans will be pretty soup like.

    Texas chili will be stiff and meaty.

    OK...now I need me some chili!
     
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    Soupy! Get SUM!
     
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    Till I moved to you know where, it was soupy and had beans in it.
    It also came in a can.
    After being fully indoctrinated, I adhere to the Tayxass gospel, no beans and not
    soupy.
    If I recall (I can't cook), it's supposed to be meat and spices.
    I think even tomatoes are frowned upon, no?
     
  14. thelowerlip

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    Speaking as a professional cook, I can tell you it's just like music.
    There are no rules. If you put something on a plate and someone says, "mmm that's good" then you've knocked it out of the park.
    If someone makes Larry some soupy chili, they've done it right.:D
     
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    I make three different kinds of chili at home:
    1. Soupy chili (really more of a soup) with ground meat, kidney beans, chili beans, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, tomato sauce and so forth...not too hot. Served with corn bread.
    2. Thicker, standard chili with ground meat and London broil steak, kidney beans, chili beans, purred tomatoes, onion, garlic, tomato sauce and so forth...extra chili powder and cumin...hotter, but tolerable. Cheese, sour cream and diced raw onion on top. Served with corn bread, French bread or warmed tortillas.
    3. Thick, pastey chili with lean ground round, NO beans, tomato paste, tomato sauce, onion, garlic, lots of chili powder, lots of cumin, lots of Tabasco sauce and masa to thicken it up. this one can be made hot to holy moly...served with warmed tortillas or tortilla chips. Added toppings are a plus.
     
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    Oh, I'm afflicted!
     
  17. Obsessed

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    I grew up with soupy chili and did not realize what chili was supposed to be until I went off to college. Super thick, chunky, spicy hot is the way it ought to be.

    Even on hot dogs.

    I basically have to make my own to be satisfied. I'll almost throw in anything I can find to make it chunkier ... sometimes to my wife's chagrin.
     
  18. Westerly Sunn

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    I'm with you guys! LOL!

    Seriously, I like mine thick with meat (and beans dammit...) and I like the taste of Masa flour as a thickening agent...

    I also like it a little hot with green chile sauce, black and red pepper, red pepper sauce... etc.

    ...and Spicy! ...with several chile powders and heavy on the red chile powders to get that ruby red... I like plenty of broth to get that but thickened up just enough to pick up on a cracker...

    The next day, comin' outta' the fridge... it'll be thicker! :lol:

    I also toss in lots of other stuff to get "tangy-sour". I work towards getting a balance of Hot-sweet-tangy-spicy Skewed towards the Spicy!

    In my house, I'm the one who likes thick, my girlfriend likes thin... God only knows what she sees in me! ;)
     
  19. AndyLowry

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    Growing up in Ohio, soup was what chili was. I've since mended my ways.
     
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    soupy...thick...who cares as long as there are no beans in it...

    ;)
     
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