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Chili bean guru needed

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
I am searching for a great meatless chili bean recipe. Unhappily I'm discovering that all the recipes that call for Chili Powder, habitually include cumin or cayenne or paprika or garlic powder or oregano or combinations of these in addition to the Chili Powder (all of these are already in the Chili Powder!). That doesn't give me much confidence in such recipes!

I would be grateful to know if I can use just the Chili powder without repeating the ingredients separately? If so, what would be the proper dose for 2 cups of dry beans?

I noticed a chili bean recipe that had an Omega sign in it (like a horse standing on end) under the ingredient amount*— what the heck does that mean?
post #2 of 5
My SO makes an awesome pot of chili. He does use chili powder but also uses extra cumin, garlic powder, and oregano. His "secret" ingredients are cinnamon and cocoa. I think it calls for extra because the proportion that is in the chili powder doesn't give the same flavor as adding extra. JMO!

My advice is to make your beans and season them to your taste! You can use a recipe as a guideline but chili is so versatile and everyone seems to make it a little bit differently so it tastes different. You can always start with a recipe as a base and adjust by adding a little more or less until you get it the way you like it.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your input, it reinforces similar advice I've gotten. Apparently, the chili powder is stingy with the more expensive items so fussier cooks augment the missing oomph.

Now, all I need is to find out what the Omega sign means in recipes.
post #4 of 5
I have no clue what that sign means. In fact, I don't recall ever seeing it!
post #5 of 5
Sounds like a mistake to me. Did you find the recipe on-line? Chances are they put in one symbol that didn't translate in the display font so it came out as Omega. Omega is used in mathematics, physics, electronics and so forth I have never ever seen it in a recipe and doubt it's presence in the recipe you found meant anything relevant to the recipe.

For a great meatless chili that's easy, easy, easy to make...

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans Bush's Vegetarian Baked Beans
1 cup chopped vidalia or sweet onion
1 cup chopped yellow or red bell pepper
1 cup thick and chunky salsa
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp chili/chile powder[COLOR=#006600 ! important][COLOR=#006600 ! important][COLOR=#006600 ! important][/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR]
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Garnish: sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese

In a pan sweat onions and bell peppers and then add garlic for the last 30 seconds or so and put into a 3 1/2 quart slow cooker or crock pot. Add remiaining ingredients minus garnishes and cook on low heat for 7 to 8 hours.

Top individual bowls with sour cream and cheddar cheese.

For more heat add some habanero or ancho chiles to taste

“If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.” -- Zaphod Beeblebrox

“If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.” -- Zaphod Beeblebrox
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