My chili is too sweet, what should I do?

  • Posted by: radrav
  • January 4, 2011
  • 78206 views
  • 12 Comments

12 Comments

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
aargersi
aargersi January 4, 2011

What sweetness is in there? Tomatoes? You could make a bitter beer and cornflour slurry and add that, or something smoky like a smoked hot paprika, or some dried chilies if you can take some additional heat.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Bevi
Bevi January 4, 2011

I always add a bottle of beer to chili. It adds a bitter taste and flattens any sweetness from adding tomatoes. A bit more cayenne pepper help as well. Corona works fine for me.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Jon Palmer
Jon Palmer January 4, 2011

These two replies are spot-on. A flavorful bitter component and a little spice or smoke is the way to attack this problem.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
POTATO
POTATO January 4, 2011

I love these suggestions. I would also add some of the sauce from a can of Chipotle in Adobo, and some of the chili's in the can as well. Easy though, it can get spicy quick but it lends a smoky flavor as the chili's are smoked jalapenos. Dry mustard would probably offset the sweetness too.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
healthierkitchen
healthierkitchen January 4, 2011

All good ideas! I think I'd go with a little more heat and maybe a touch of unsweetened cocoa.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
prettyPeas
prettyPeas January 4, 2011

I like the cocoa idea--I also sometimes add a little coffee to these types of dishes.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
campagnes
campagnes January 4, 2011

My chili recipe uses brown sugar, and sometimes I overdo it. When I do, I add a shot or two of white vinegar.. makes it sweet/tangy instead of just sweet. All the other suggestions sound fantastic, too.. I think I'll try beer in mine next time.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
RobertaJ
RobertaJ January 5, 2011

I'd try acid, too. Like a shot of lime juice, maybe half a lime, or to taste. Lime juice is a natural with chili flavors.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Robert Bardwell
Robert Bardwell March 25, 2015

I basically just tried adding all of the above at once. Small additions of cumin, beer, ancho powder, salt and vinegar. Less sweet. Still tasty!

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Shelli Tackett
Shelli Tackett January 8, 2017

Add one bottle of Miller lite beer to a pot of chili..or enough to tone down sweetness. Then cook until alcohol is cooked away. Flavors are blended. Works well.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
MMH
MMH January 8, 2017

When my chilie is too spicy I add sweet corn so in the opposite situation, I would add spice.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Tim Stevenson
Tim Stevenson January 20, 2018

My solution for 3 quarts of (too sweet) chili: 1/4 cup heffeweisen(wheat beer), 1 tablespoon minced garlic, sautee seperately and pour in. give it an hour to reach a balance.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Showing 12 out of 12 Comments Back to top
Recommended by Food52