questionschili, with beans or without?

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I don't feel like it's really chili without the beans. And I love me some kidney beans in chili.

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Yes, preferably with pinto beans.

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Exactly, beans are essential!

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Don't care either way. I usually have at least 2 cans in mine when I make it.

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Black bean chili is amazingly good. Now you have me wanting to make some.

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Depends where the chili is going for me. Straight up, eating out of a bowl chili? Beans, for sure.

On a hot dog? No beans, Cincinnati Style.

On spaghetti or fries? Either will work.

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Chili snobs will come in to educate you that chili is strictly meat and chilis, but who cares. I'm all about the kidney beans.

Heck, I'm all about vegetarian chili. Take that, purists!

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With beans. Unless it's going on a chili dog or chili cheese fries. Then no beans is OK.

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I'll give it a look if I see it in one of the local organic stores. Chili is just one of those things that's so easy to make, though.

Well... until you gotta clean the bottom of the pot :\

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I agree it's not chili without beans, but I don't like a lot of beans. And when incorporating the chili in to a dish (e.g. chili mac and cheese) I really don't like the beans and it's all about the meat and flavor.

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I've never been a big chili eater, though I love chili cheese hotdogs (no beans). Then here at work we had a chili cook off one evening. Anyone who wanted to participate brought in their crock pots and we shut down at 4pm and had a happy hour and chili contest. One of the contestants made a taco chicken chili and I absolutely loved it. And the other chilis were not as bad as I seemed to remember them as a kid. I liked the taco chicken chili so much I've actually made it myself, which is really a big deal if you would know me :)

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how is this even a question???
Chili isn't chili w/out the magical fruit!

people look at me like I'm Crazy, but when i make chili,(standard crock pot sized batch) 2cans of beans. 1 Kidney(dark or light, whichever's on hand/we have more of) 1 great northern(navy)beans

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@lotsofgoats: sweet, they definitely carry it at Whole Foods

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Anyone want to share their chili recipes?

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@lotsofgoats: Sorry, but vegetarian chili just isn't!

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Pagan beeyatches!
First, there is chili. Meat, chili and tomatoes.
You can put it on your dogs, pasta, whatever.
You can put other things in it, like onions, avocado, even beans.
But then it's not quite chili anymore, is it?
It's like saying fruit pizza, or vegetarian burger, or tofu turkey, or some other ilk like that. It's not quite real. It's ersatz.

I do like some beans- just a little- in mine, as well as the onions and a little sharp Cheddar. But I freely acknowledge that I have debased myself in doing so. I have tainted myself in the pursuit of comely condiments, instead of enjoying the natural product in and of itself.
I have sinned ... and I like it.

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This topic has convinced me to finally try making some homemade chili.

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I see the Texans finally made it here. I say that in a "Texas invented chili" way, and not a red-meat-eating-'murican way. In related news, I just picked up veggie chili from a street cart for lunch.

As far as I'm concerned, you'd have named it "meaty" if it required meat. You named it "chili", which mine has! :P

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Has to be without so proper red texas chili

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Is it really chili without the beans? Then it would be just a sauce with meat. Gotta have the beans!!

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@lotsofgoats: "Chili" is short for chili con carne, chilies with meat. :P So by that reasoning, vegetarian chili is just as "wrong" as some people claim chili with beans is.

@spicyaprons should come check this discussion out. I mentioned something about the chili bean wars in a question they asked yesterday.

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My brother hated kidney beans, so my Mom made her chili with two cans of beans -- one whole for my brother to meticulously pick out, and the other went in the blender first. Years later he's trying to figure out why he can't replicate Mom's chili. She finally spilled the beans!

I like mine with beans (unless it's going on a dog), and my husband without. I'm ok with kidney beans, but I don't mind smaller beans too -- black beans, navy beans, etc.

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Here's my wife's recipe, and it's one of the three things that she cooks.
2 large onions, minced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 T sugar
1-2 C water
1.5 lbs ground beef
1 T chili powder
1 t cumin, ground
1 t cayenne
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 T worcestershire
1 T vinegar
1 15 oz can beans (I say black, she says kidney)
lemon juice of one lemon, maybe two depending on taste
Chili 3000 or something similar from Penzeys Spices about 1 T
Saute onion and garlic over medium heat until softened. Add 1 C water, sugar, and dried spices. Simmer 10-15 minutes. Brown ground beef and add to pot along with rest of ingredients. Simmer for 1 to 2 hours. You can add fat from beef for extra flavor or discard for "healthier" chili. We serve it over rice with some cheese (monterey or pepper jack is good). Everything goes on top of rice when you live in Hawaii.

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Sorry everyone but the term "chili" is short for "chili con carne" as in chili peppers (soup) with beef. Without the "con carne" part, it's just chili pepper soup.

You add the beans to get a more complete meals as it adds carbs. Yes, beans are protein but also provides carbs that's lacking. If you don't like the beans, you can make the chili con carne and pour over rice for your carbs. See how it all works - the chili con carne is a protein base which you can add your preferred carbs.

Nothing wrong with chili con carne with beans but traditional "chili" is just beef.

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Bah, but "chili" is already the name for something! Now you're just a buncha name stealers!

I hear tell that if you ask whether tomatoes go in the mix, you'll get some of the meatists to fight each other.

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i like mine spicy. in addition to all the usual players in a chili (beef pork beans onion spices tomatoes etc) i usually add something that kicks it up a good deal. take sweet baby petite carrots (super sweet) and blend with tomato sauce and a number of habaneros (or whatever fresh chili you like best)

Adding this to the rest of your pot will kick it up to a level you desire as well as adding some sweetness. bonus on the consistency too. i have not tried this in a more 'soupy' format. most my chilis will support a spoon standing straight up in the middle of a bowl.

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Red Beans, Black Beans, White Beans, Brown Beans, We don't discriminate..................... we like them all in ours!

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Sheldon Cooper would tell you that it isn't chili if it has beans, but it sure tastes better with beans.

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@gidgaf: Don't be such a purist. Maybe it's not what you call "real" chili, but that which we call chili with beans is one of the finest foods around. Kidney and black beans for me. Makes me go WOOT!

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WITH BEANS! That is the one thing I hated when I lived in texas, chili never had beans!

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I have come to expect beans in chili, but I prefer chili without beans. I have gone as far as to pick out all the beans before enjoying my chili.

I hate beans. I understand why people like them, but texture is huge for me when it comes to food, and I just don't like the texture of beans.

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My mom always added kidney or black beans to her chili to make it go further in a family with five kids. However, I don't really like beans so my vote would be for without.

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No beans for me and green beans for the husband.

Some may be appalled, but I take tomato sauce, chili pepper and onion flakes in a bowl. Microwave warm and add crackers. I add beef if it is handy but not always. It is quick and easy when I have a craving.

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I'm with the "with beans" crowd but I like to add a twist to mine as well. When I cook the hamburger, I also add a few links of Extra Hot Sausage as well. It adds an amazing flavor that my friends and family love. Try it next time! ;->

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@lotsofgoats: As a chili snob, you're right :)

Beans have an awful texture. Don't ruin perfectly delicious meat!

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Red Beans preferred, kidney beans second, pinto third.

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chili needs meat and beans. find your favorite of both and go foe it