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How can I get a smoky, rich molasses taste in my chili & avoid over-sweetening it? Adding tomatoes & cayenne isn't helping..

asked by @K_Stokes_Smith over 3 years ago
9 answers 3841 views
A9f88177 5a41 4b63 8669 9e72eb277c1a  waffle3
added over 3 years ago


Some options for smoke: Liquid smoke, some types of dried chilies, smoked paprika.

Molasses is available in different grades with different sugar contents. Try one labeled "Robust" or "Full Flavor".

1555b5fa 8780 4007 9e3f 8e0d5da42ff6  kirstin.moksha3
added over 3 years ago

Thank you! I've been using Fancy molasses -- the sweetest of them all. :P Going to the store NOW to pick up something with less sugar content. Will start with this change and go from there..

1555b5fa 8780 4007 9e3f 8e0d5da42ff6  kirstin.moksha3
added over 3 years ago

Thank you! Another excellent idea -- can't wait to try it.

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added over 3 years ago

I go with drbabs and the chipotle chiles! In my chili I balance them with a little cocoa powder and a little Vermont maple sugar.

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added over 3 years ago

I go with drbabs and the chipotle chiles! In my chili I balance them with a little cocoa powder and a little Vermont maple sugar.

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added over 3 years ago

I also add dark beer to my chili which adds richness without sweetness - you can thicken it with a corn masa paste rather than tomato paste - which adds a great flavor and less sweetness. And yes - along with everyone else - chilis, chili powder, unsweetened cocoa

549d9fb3 53ef 4170 b68e 8bae2e055be7  dsc 0048b
added over 3 years ago

Actually, I should have said that I use a chipotle chile in adobo sauce and some of the sauce - I think the sauce adds to the smokiness!

1555b5fa 8780 4007 9e3f 8e0d5da42ff6  kirstin.moksha3
added over 3 years ago

Reporting that the ROBUST molasses made a big difference. After tasting it, my mom suggested a longer, slower cooking time -- she cooks hers for up to 8 hours and it's amazing. Thank you everyone for your insights -- looking forward to trying everything out!