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My Chili is too spicy!!!

How can I make a way-to-spicy chili less spicy without diluting the taste?

asked by hungrystep over 3 years ago
10 answers 1525 views
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added over 3 years ago

Add some kind of dairy to it. Sour cream and or cheddar cheese. Otherwise maybe more sauteed veggies? Like onion is easy to add and wlll only make it more flavorful. GOOD LUCK!

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added over 3 years ago

Thanks for the help!

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added over 3 years ago

In addition to fat, acid can help cut down on the spiciness. Adding some lemon juice or a can of tomato sauce will diminish the spiciness without diluting the flavor. But if it is waaaaay too spicy still, you may also end up having to increase the proportions of other ingredients if you want to salvage the chili (or you can mix it into rice or eat it with cornbread or polenta, which is what I usually do with chili anyway).

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added over 3 years ago

Thank you so much for your help! This is a new trick for me!

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added over 3 years ago

You can freeze it and use later---the spices will diminish.

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added over 3 years ago

Make another 1/2 recipe without spice and add it. Freeze the extra.

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added over 3 years ago

That potato idea is so neat!

I, personally, always end up making much too spicy chili by accident. I do what one of the previous posters suggested and load on the cheddar and sour cream. Drinking a tall glass of milk helps, too!

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added over 3 years ago


Unfortumately, it's a culinary myth that a potato will absorb excess salt -- or capsaicin. Robert Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, author of What Einstein Told His Cook, explains (edited for clarity):

Potatoes will soak up salty water but they don't selectively extract salt out of the water. Would you be surprised if a sponge placed in salt water came out tasting salty? Of course not. The concentration of salt in the water -- the amount of salt per quart -- is not affected.

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