Chili, Anyone?

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But first, some potentially exciting news. I spend a lot of time watching food-related videos on YouTube. I’ve learned a lot from them. And for a long time, I’ve considered making videos about my projects. Well, I’ve started! Yes, there is now a The Enabling Cook YouTube channel. There’s only one video up now; it shows my haul from My Spice Sage, a recent obsession of mine. Keep in mind I’m a novice at videos and not using any fancy equipment. But I hope we all have fun as more videos get posted.

Now, back to the subject at hand.

I’ve never made a secret of my love for chili. Regardless of season or temperature, I love it. And when I want it, I want it. This adoration has been with me since childhood. When we were kids, though, Mom almost always made it with Chili-O seasoning mixes. We weren’t big or adventurous spice people, so it made sense. But have you looked at the ingredients in some of those seasoning mixes? Many have flour, cornstarch, or other ingredients you might not think would be included. Some, like cornmeal, serve a dual purpose. They help keep the ingredients from clumping, and they help thicken the final product. And, of course, salt and sugar (or another sweetener) is included.


Oh Chili Mix

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want those ingredients. So I make most of my own herb/spice blends. I’ve shared a chili blend before, but this is the most current version. It includes my favorite chili mix ingredients. Plus one you might not expect–cocoa powder. Not the hot chocolate drink mix; cocoa. This adds color and depth to the flavor, which I find particularly welcome when making a vegetarian chili or one where I use ground turkey.

I use four types of pepper: chili powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and black pepper. The last batch of chili I made also included ancho chili powder, but I added that directly to the chili rather than add it to the mix. You can, of course, add any kind of peppers you like in any amounts. I tend to make the mix more on the mild side because I don’t always want it nose-running hot.

And no, there is no salt or thickening agent in this blend.

That’s the thing about making your own blends. You know exactly what’s in them and how much. If you don’t want cocoa powder, or think you might not want it in everything you might use this blend for, then leave it out and add it where and when you want it. Here’s my recipe for Oh Chili Mix .

I’m going to be sharing other blends in upcoming posts. If there’s something you’d like to see, be sure to let me know. And don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel. Please subscribe.

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