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jwr6404 April 28, 2015 06:48 PM

Best Tomato for Homemade CHILI
 
The Mr's asked me this question and I haven't the slightest idea. She makes 20 gallons of Chili annually using whatever tomatoes we have available. Everyone enjoys her chili. Am thinking she might be wanting to go Gourmet on me and others.

UFXEFU April 28, 2015 07:32 PM

Best tomato for chili...... None. Original Texas style chili did not use tomatoes.

Tracydr April 28, 2015 07:45 PM

I think a tomato with some juice,tartness, sweetness and productivity would work best. Should be red or purple/black but not mandatory.
One of the old commercial heirlooms or hybrids such as Bonnie Best,Marglobe or Jetstar. Maybe Porter?

rnewste April 28, 2015 07:49 PM

Jim,

I would think any "meaty" tomato like San Marzano would work well - just avoid the real juicy varieties.

Raybo:)

joseph April 28, 2015 09:01 PM

In the dark, all cats are gray.

A tomato, is a tomato, is a tomato.

I think that the best tomato for chili is whatever tomatoes we have available the day it needs to be made.

shelleybean April 28, 2015 09:19 PM

Jim, are you canning tomatoes and using them later for chili or does your wife make the chili and then can that? I try to grow a main crop tomato that I can use fresh for sandwiches, salads and slicing but also for canning. Last year I canned a lot of Levino, which tastes great, but had a bigger core than I'd like for canning. This year I've gone back to Stump of the World for fresh use and canning. I can tomatoes with their juice and when I make chili, that's what I add to it, no other liquids. If your wife likes to add tomato juice or beer or something, I'd say go with a drier paste type tomato. If she's like me and just adds the tomatoes with their own juice and a few other veggies, I think you can use a beefsteak you like for flavor or a smaller canning type tomato with a small core that makes it more convenient for canning prep. Just some things to consider.

rhines81 May 1, 2015 05:20 PM

San Marzano ... the hands down winner.

Mojave June 16, 2015 12:28 AM

We are talking chili con carne aren't we? Not salsa.

Worth1 June 16, 2015 12:34 AM

No tomatoes in chili the only thing I might use is V8 juice.

Just ground dried peppers cumin garlic powder onion powder masa and a little salt.
And MEAT.
No help here.:)

Worth

AlittleSalt June 16, 2015 01:09 AM

To me, chili is all about tomatoes, peppers, onions, and meat. With the right spices - anything can taste good. Just throw in a lot of Comino/Cumin and Paprika/Chili Powder. Garlic and onion powder are like S&P to me, but use S&P too. Keep it vegetarian or add any kind of meat/s you like.

coronabarb June 16, 2015 12:48 PM

I always put tomatoes in my chili 'cause that's how I like it. :D I also like a blend of different dried/ground chiles like pasilla, ancho, chipotle powder, cayenne, etc. Not just the 'chili powder' in the little jar. I've read that cascabel is good...anyone try that? Don't think I have seeds for it but would love to grow it. My daughter is growing garlic this year and that is a must too. I love to cook it a long time.

On another note, we are getting a lamb order this week - 66 pounds. Does lamb lend itself to a chili?

Worth1 June 16, 2015 12:58 PM

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Originally Posted by coronabarb (Post 481164)
I always put tomatoes in my chili 'cause that's how I like it. :D I also like a blend of different dried/ground chiles like pasilla, ancho, chipotle powder, cayenne, etc. Not just the 'chili powder' in the little jar. I've read that cascabel is good...anyone try that? Don't think I have seeds for it but would love to grow it. My daughter is growing garlic this year and that is a must too. I love to cook it a long time.

On another note, we are getting a lamb order this week - 66 pounds. Does lamb lend itself to a chili?

Only if you are a shepherd.:lol:

No on a serious note Barb you simply have to make your own chili powder.
I dont premix the stuff but here is what I use.
Fresh ground cumin I keep in mason jars in the freezer.
Fresh ground Guajillo chilis.
Fresh ground Chili Arbole.
Onion powder garlic powder and a little salt.
That is all you need if you want to add tomatoes then so be it, that is why I use V8 juice instead of tomatoes or tomato sauce.
If I were to use any tomato at all it would be tomato puree.
I do not want chunks of tomato in chili.

Worth

digsdirt June 16, 2015 02:17 PM

Agree with making your own chili powder. Also make my own tomato powder. Talk about intense flavor.

But heartily disagree with not adding tomatoes in chili. That's like saying no tomatoes in bar-b-q sauce! Heathenish!:shock:

As for the tomato used - there is no "best" unless it is homegrown vs. store bought. If using store-bought tomatoes yeah, you might as well leave them out. :(

On second thought Romas are as bad as store-bought too. A really good one is Indian Stripe as its smokey flavor adds another dimension to the chili flavor.

Dave

Worth1 June 16, 2015 02:32 PM

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Chili con carne sin tomate.
Yes it is oily it has been a tradition with me and many others to soak up the flavorfuul grease with saltine crackers.
Worth
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rhines81 June 18, 2015 11:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Worth1 (Post 481169)
Only if you are a shepherd.:lol:

That is all you need if you want to add tomatoes then so be it, that is why I use V8 juice instead of tomatoes or tomato sauce.
If I were to use any tomato at all it would be tomato puree.
I do not want chunks of tomato in chili.

Worth

Heavens no ... no chunks of Tomatoes, no chunks of anything unless it is a chunk of meat. V8 is just ungodly horrible, IMO. Always a puree or sauce. Which is why I choose San Marzano (pureed). It's all about the pepper spices (powdered or pureed) and meats. Cumin? meh!


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