I'm making a batch of chili in the crockpot and I want to thicken it with cornmeal, do I put cornmeal in after its cooked or while its cooking?

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Smaug December 4, 2016
One of the problems with crock pots is a tendency to turn everything into soup- you might consider reducing your chili on the stovetop.
 
aargersi December 3, 2016
I would advise against cornmeal - what you will end up with is chili polenta (ask me how I know :-) I use corn flour or masa to thicken my chili. And I add it in last, but while it's still cooking because you want it to cook as well. OH and make it into a slurry before you add it to avoid lumps!!
 
Susan W. December 3, 2016
I use Bob's Red Mill fine ground cornmeal to thicken my slow cooker chili all the time. It doesn't take much, I usually use 1/4 cup to 5-6 qt chili. I've never ended up with chili polenta..thankfully. Maybe the long amount of slow cooker time prevents that particular catastrophe...or you used much more of it....like a box? Lol
 
Susan W. December 1, 2016
Definitely add it now or you will end up with harsh and grainy chili. I suppose the exception to that would be if it's instant cornmeal, but I would add that at the beginning as well. You can also thicken it using a potato masher if there are beans in the recipe. I've also used refried beans from a can.
 
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