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Chili and chocolate question

JM3JM3 Posts: 272
edited 12:06PM in EggHead Forum
I'm entering a chili competition on Sunday. I'm smoking a small brisket flat to use as the meat in my chili but I'm thinking of adding some unsweetened choclate to the mix, sort of along the lines that if a mole is a good that a little (1 or 2 oz) of choclate melted into the mix it might enhance the flavor somewhat.[p]Any thoughts or ideas?[p]Thanks,


  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    i've tried recipes where cocoa powder was added...[p]don't go nuts and don't do sweet.[p]deepens color, and there is maybe (some say they taste it, some don't) a discernable richness roasted flavor added. doesn't make it 'candy chocolatey' like you might think.

    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • i add chocolate to my chili, but only unsweetened & 1 square max - it adds a silkiness to the flavor by rounding it out to a smoother flavor - add a little first and taste after 10 min. before adding more
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    JM3,[p] In one of Flay's Throwdown's he added cocco powder to his chile. People apparently liked it. I have made some three pepper Cajun Ravioli's with chocolate in the mix to mellow out the heat. It goes every well..
  • icemncmthicemncmth Posts: 1,159
    JM3,[p]I use cocoa powder but only a little. I wouldn't use unsweetened choclate because of the cocoa fat. But you could always try it and let us know how it turns out. I eaten chili all over the US and a lot of resturants and cocoa powder as the secret ingredient.
  • RhumAndJerkRhumAndJerk Posts: 1,506
    Go with a high quality Bittersweet Chocolate like Lindt. It sort of ranks up there with cooking wine, if you would not drink it then why cook with it. It does not take much chocolate, I would only use an ounce or two.[p]I love chili and Chocolate and more and more high-end bars are incorporating the two.[p]In a recent issue of Cook’s Illustrated there was a recipe for Guinness Beef Stew that used the bittersweet chocolate to enhance all of the flavors. Man, was that good stuff.[p]Hope this helps,

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