Watch & Learn How to Make Chili Without a Recipe

April 22, 2015

Here at Food52, we love recipes—but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.

Today: Kenzi Wilbur and Sarah Jampel show us how to make chili, the ultimate pantry soup, without a recipe.


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Chili is the ultimate go-to soup because it's made of typical ingredients you could find in your pantry—all that's needed is the know-how to coax the maximum flavor from each ingredient. In this video, another installment in our new weekly series with The New York Times, Managing Editor Kenzi Wilbur and Associate Editor Sarah Jampel start their chili by cooking aromatics in a pot. Then they slowly add guesstimated amounts of spices, beans, and an atypical-for-chili liquid to create one layer of savor at a time, building up to a complex and deeply flavorful chili. Watch and learn.

Video by Kyle Orosz

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Jaime Brockway

Written by: Jaime Brockway

Polenta, mac and cheese, farmers' market breakfasts, smoky food & drink. These are a few of my favorite things. I was an editorial intern @Food52 in 2015!

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Jenna B. April 23, 2015
This is really similar to Thug Kitchens Beer and Bean Chili, which I absolutely love. Adding beer gives it a depth of flavor that I think I miss sometimes in vegetarian chili.