10 Secret Chili Ingredients
Bored with the same ground beef and tomato chili? Take a taste adventure with one or more of our secret and surprise ingredients to make chili more than just chili.
Honey and Dry Sherry
Try a tablespoon or two of honey in your chili for a natural sweetness.
Cook with sherry to add a bit of sweetness to your chili as well as richness and depth of flavor.
Cactus Leaves and Mexican Beer
Add chopped cactus leaves to white chili for a delicate, slightly tart green bean flavor. Cactus leaves (nopales) are fleshy oval-shaped leaves found in the produce section of larger supermarkets. Stir in a little beer to add robust character and flavor to chili. Experiment with beers and find the one you like best.
Mix in a few tablespoons of cornmeal to thicken chili and add a polenta touch.
Carbonated Soda and Chocolate
Pour in a bit of bubbly for a fun addition to chili and a clean crisp taste.
Love chocolate? Add baking chocolate and cocoa to add a rich color and make chili flavors smoke.
Go citrus and add a squeeze of lime juice for tang and a clean fresh taste.
Sweet and heat – a tasty combo! Add a pinch of sugar to a pot of chili to balance flavors.
Sneak in chopped zucchini and shredded carrots for extra flavor, texture and bonus veggie nutrition.