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COCOA POWDER in CHILI?????/ HAVEYOU TRIED IT?????????????

posted at 1/31/2011 8:26 PM EST
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Iam always reading  INTERNATIONAL COOKBOOKS;looking for NEW RECIPES. I found a recipe for "AZTEC" CHILI which used cocoa powder( to taste)  to season chili beyond the usual chili powder.It seems that theAztecs, LIKE US, were fond of chocolate & liked to add it to their chilI. Following their lead; I make a black bean & chicken chili w/just a touch(oneTBS to 3qts of chili) Lime juice &  chili peppers give it an unusal 'authentiV" flavor that you will either 
 LOVE or NOTUndecidedStart w/ less cocoa powder, adding more as  you desire, till you find the right amount to suit your taste budsTongue outCool

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posted at 1/31/2011 9:05 PM EST
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Hi Ann,Im talking thirty years ago when we were newly weds we went to Cinncinati Ohio for a bowling tournament.Cinncinatti claims to be the chili capital of the world.So we were both so excited to try this as we both like chili.He doesn't like red chilis but he does like green.So we ask the locals were is the best chili,they almost all said Skyline chili.So that night for dinner we went to have some chili,well they sell 5 different ways to have chili so my husband was so excited.He and I had ours five way.They put cocoa and cinnamon and other spices and it is served on spagetti that we were so dissapointed.He said he would never eat it again,well I would love to eat it again because it might taste good to me now.

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posted at 1/31/2011 10:30 PM EST
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One time at a dinner function  I was served chili made with cocoa and cinnamon.  It's one of the most horrible things I ever tasted.  I imagine that was the fault of the cook's over use but, still, I will never try it again

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posted at 1/31/2011 10:40 PM EST
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No, I never tried it and I don't think I will.

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posted at 2/1/2011 8:46 AM EST
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I have used chocolate in my chili for years.  I must admit that my husband is FAR less adventuresome in the food department than I am so when I make chili I do not include it but I will add it to my bowl.
Nancy, you mentioned chocolate and cinnamon, they can both be pretty overpowering but the cinnamon more so.  Just try the chocolate I think you will be pleasantly surprised. 
The amount of chocolate is very small, you are not supposed to have a spoonful of chili and say....Oh, I love the chocolate chili!  It is to be used as you would any spice.

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posted at 2/1/2011 11:42 AM EST
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I would try it, but I don't think my husband would.  So alas, I won't be making it.

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posted at 2/1/2011 1:43 PM EST
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THANKS to those of you who took the time to respond.Kiss......I thought posting the question in "chocoholics" would atract more attention & generate more responses.Tongue out
I admit the idea of cocoa powder inchili is strange soundingUndecided.
I'm really interested in the "anthropology" of foods ( history& origins.) and when I first  learned that the Aztecs put cocoa in their chili,I had to try it;....only a pinch the first time:"
"ah;  interesting flavor"Surprised Wink".Cinnamon too is traditional.Before I  developed an alergy to cinnamon,I  usually put  just a "bit" into my chili.. into hot coca too; really good in thereSurprisedSmile

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posted at 2/1/2011 1:56 PM EST
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HiNANCY; Too bad a cook's overuse of a seasoning has turned you off it .
Ifyou are ever feeling culinarly  adventure some; try just asmall dash into a bowl of chili. it really enhances the flavors of the otheri ngredients
.!!!!!SurprisedSmile 
BTW: 
 Cinnamon is also added to mousaka( Greek potato & eggplant casserole.I really miss it when I omit it there( due to my  cinnamon alergy).I keep experimenting w/ small quantities to find out my limits.Hubby doesn't seem to notice its being there or not; he just loves potatos & eggplant, together or separatelyUndecidedWink  

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One time at a dinner function  I was served chili made with cocoa and cinnamon.  It's one of the most horrible things I ever tasted.  I imagine that was the fault of the cook's over use but, still, I will never try it again
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posted at 2/1/2011 2:24 PM EST
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Hi NANCY ; Too bad a cook's overuse of a seasoning has turned you off it . Ifyou are ever feeling culinarly  adventuresome; try just asmall daish into a bowl of chili. it really enhances the flavors of the otheri ngredients .!!!!!   BTW :     Cinnamon is also added to mousaka( Greek potato & eggplant casserole.I really miss it when I omit it there( due to my  cinnamon alergy).I keep experimentingw/ smalquantitis to find outy limits.Hubby doesn't seem to notice its being there or not; he just loves potatos & eggplant, together or separately    n Response to Re: COCOA POWDER in CHILI?????/ HAVEYOU TRIED IT????????????? :
Posted by Ann N


Ann, is it possible that the allergy you have is to what we call cinnamon but is not really cinnamon. 
Here is a bit of info.
Both are bark from a small evergreen.
Cassia is what we typically get here.  Cassia is coarser and has a stronger less subtle flavor than cinnamon 
Labeling laws do not require that packages distinguish between cassia and cinnamon, so most of what is sold in the United States is actually cassia.

Just curious are you allergic to other evergreen items? Juniper is one that comes to mind.
(I have an aversion to juniper but not due to an allergy but a really bad hangover due to a few to many Sloe Gin Fizzes..and that was 30 years ago and I still cant stand the smell of gin!)

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posted at 2/1/2011 3:04 PM EST
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Sounds interesting!!

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posted at 2/1/2011 3:32 PM EST
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Interesting idea!  I have had chocolate bars with chili powder in them so why not the other way around?  The chili gives the chocolate an interesting kick.  Will have to try the cocoa next time I make chili.  Thank you for the ideas.

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posted at 2/1/2011 4:06 PM EST
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I have gone to several chili cookoffs. Many use choc. as the secret ingredient.
They use cocoa, unsweetened choc. baking bar, or semisweet chips. I have
used 2 dark choc candy kisses in an 8 quart crockpot. You don't want to use
much because you don't want to change the flavor, just mellow it out. My
husband doesn't notice the difference. If he knew that I used 2 of his candy
kisses he would not be happy. I have not tried the cocoa yet!!!!

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posted at 2/1/2011 4:27 PM EST
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Hi NIKKI;  I think you  may have the answer...I've noticed that some items w/cinnamon do not cause me trouble; dr  had no answer or even a guess.
Since gvt. regulation  does not require labling for casia; I will just continue to try tiny tastes of items containing" cinnamon" & hope for the best. I should probably look for imported cinnamon which might indeed be cinnamon & not cassia.Perhapsthat's why Mousaka eaten in aGreek/Turkish restaurant was
 non irritating.??? Undecided
I've no idea about other evergreen allergies.Years ago  ( 30+)I enjoyed one sloe gin fizzvw/o trouble but  my cinnamon problem is recent ( 8 yrs)& I've no desire to try another sloe gin fizz.Tongue outInteresting facts thatyou you shared;I lovet o increase my knowledge of  many/varied topics. 

In Response to Re: COCOA POWDER in CHILI?????/ HAVEYOU TRIED IT?????????????:
In Response to Re: COCOA POWDER in CHILI?????/ HAVEYOU TRIED IT????????????? : Ann, is it possible that the allergy you have is to what we call cinnamon but is not really cinnamon.  Here is a bit of info. Both are bark from a small evergreen. Cassia is what we typically get here.  Cassia is coarser and has a stronger less subtle flavor than cinnamon  Labeling laws do not require that packages distinguish between cassia and cinnamon, so most of what is sold in the United States is actually cassia. Just curious are you allergic to other evergreen items? Juniper is one that comes to mind. (I have an aversion to juniper but not due to an allergy but a really bad hangover due to a few to many Sloe Gin Fizzes..and that was 30 years ago and I still cant stand the smell of gin!)
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posted at 2/1/2011 5:06 PM EST
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I would be interested in trying it, but would have to add it to my bowl instead of the whole pot.  The rest of family loves chocolate, but they turned up their noses when I mentioned adding it to my chili.  Oh well!

In Response to COCOA POWDER in CHILI?????/ HAVEYOU TRIED IT?????????????:
Iam always reading  INTERNATIONAL COOKBOOKS ;looking for NEW RECIPES . I found a recipe for "AZTEC" CHILI which used cocoa powder( to taste)  to season chili beyond the usual chili piowder.It seems that theAztecs were fond of chocolate & liked to add it to their chil. Following their lead; I make a black bean & chicken chili w/just a touch(oneTBS to 3qts of chili) Lime juice & ; chili peppers give it an unusal ' authenti"c flavor that you will either   LOVE or NOT Start w/ less cocoa powder, adding more as  ou desire, till you find the right amount to suit your taste buds
Posted by Ann N

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posted at 2/1/2011 5:28 PM EST
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Guess I will be a little contrary, and say, "Yes, I have and I love it." The most important point is the quanitity of cocoa and chili. A very little goes a long way. I have done this for years and have never shared the secret so many have requested. What about coq au van? Know I am either not spelling it correctly or not typing well todya. Actually, both. I have used very small amounts of both products in coffee, cakes and frostings.

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posted at 2/1/2011 7:13 PM EST
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Hey, I have put cayenne pepper in chocolate cookies, why not put chocolate in chili!!  I'd just like to have a reliable recipe to give me a guideline as to amount.  As far as my husband goes...what he doesn't know won't  hurt him.  Maybe he will just enjoy the flavor.

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posted at 2/1/2011 8:30 PM EST
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One of my favorite chili recipe ask for the baking cocoa. I don't know what it taste like w/o it.

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