07 October 2010

Chili Cook-Off: Trial Batch 1 and More Help Needed

I did not take pictures last night, but I spent a few hours making my first experimental batch of pork red chili. I slow roasted a pork shoulder during the day and then added it to my chili. For being completely self-invented, I thought it tasted pretty good. Unfortunately my palatte is not mature enough to be confident that it was really good.

Here's my new problem. I think that it is a very balanced chili - no one flavor or ingredient stands out more than another. I think that may be the way to go. Gas Monkey believes that since each person is only going to taste 1-2 spoonfuls, it needs to have something that jumps out at the taster. So he thinks I should emphasize a particular ingredient.

Please help! Which way to go? A well-balanced chili that is delicious the whole bowl through but may not catch your attention after only one bite, or a chili that is striking and interesting in the first couple of bites but in the end you may not want to eat more than one bowl? Advice please!

7 comments:

  1. Give it some heat!!! Enough so people will notice, but not enough to cover up the flavor.

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  2. I just saw a recipe for pumpkin chili that sounds amazing!
    http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2010/10/06/pumpkin-chili/
    It would be appropriate for this time of year and it would stand out from the others as something unique.

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  3. A good chili like most dishes requires a balance of sweet, salty, sour and spice.
    I find that adding a cup or more of beer helps balance out the flavors. Also if the tomatoes are too acidic you will need to add a few teaspoons of sugar. Good luck...keep us posted.

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  4. I think a good, balanced well rounded chili will be perfect!

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  5. I like chili that has a spice to it, but not so much that you don't taste the other flavors. So maybe a little extra spice, but not too much? Good luck...

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  6. @Megan - I think you have solved my problem! I can put pumpkin in so it is subtle, but it will draw people to it. Thanks!

    Thanks everybody for the encouragement!

    @Spanky Bottoms If I burn their tongues they won't be able to taste the competition! Brilliant! Just kidding.

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  7. I was a judge for a chili contest at work once. There were about 20 pots of chili and the judges got a few tablespoons of each. Honestly, after the first 3 or 4 spoons of different chili, they all tasted the same. And if the judges get a really hot one, that's it... they can't taste anything after that. good luck with the contest!

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