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so much leftover chili - what to do with it?

outside25 Mar 14, 2007 06:00 AM

My office had a chili cook off and I am left with so much leftover chili!! Any suggestions about what to do with it? Any special recipes? Thanks!

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    Hungry Celeste RE: outside25 Mar 14, 2007 07:01 AM

    Freeze it in 1 or 2 cup containers. It will keep for 3 months. Then you can use it sparingly as a topping for burgers or hotdogs, take it to lunch at the office, make chili mac (which I hate, but people like it), chili frito pie (esp if you have kids to feed)....

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      abowes RE: Hungry Celeste Mar 14, 2007 07:13 AM

      Agree with Celeste. Chili freezes beautifully. I usually make a big pot once a month, straight to 1c gladware into the freezer for my lunches!

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        QueenB RE: abowes Mar 14, 2007 10:59 AM

        Yes, we freeze our leftover chili all the time and it works great.

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        melpy RE: Hungry Celeste Feb 23, 2013 04:10 AM


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          Aravisea RE: Hungry Celeste Jul 2, 2013 12:56 PM

          Ditto. We've kept chili as long as six months with no noticeable decline in flavor or quality when thawed and reheated. Last December, in fact, I made one giant batch of chili for DH and myself and never had to make chili again all winter. We finally ate the last bag a week or so ago, and it tasted just as good.

        2. sweetie RE: outside25 Mar 14, 2007 07:42 AM

          Frito pie, tamale pie, a weird variation on shepard's pie. I once knew a a guy who poured canned chili over spagehtti, because it was easier then making a meat sauce.

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            Davwud RE: sweetie Mar 14, 2007 10:52 AM

            That would almost be Cincinatti chili.


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              westsidegal RE: Davwud Feb 22, 2013 06:37 PM

              and Cincinnati chile has a very devoted following.


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                Davwud RE: westsidegal Feb 23, 2013 11:39 AM

                That's because it's awesome.


          2. Candy RE: outside25 Mar 14, 2007 07:46 AM

            I buy sopes. Supremo makes them. They are very thick masa cakes with a rim, they sort of look like those Mary Ann short cake things. After lightly frying fill with chili, top with cheese and salsa. Delicious.

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              chowmania RE: outside25 Mar 14, 2007 07:53 AM

              If the chili isn't too liquidy make pasties. Buy ready make puff pastry (in Australia it comes in squares, I'm sure it's similar for you). On each square spoon some chili onto the pastry, fold in half diagonally and press down on joined edges with a fork. Wrap and freeze these pastry goodies and when hungry pop one in the oven for around 20mins. You can brush the pastry with milk or beaten egg before putting in the oven to give a nice brown topping.

              I do these pasties with leftover thick lentil soup as well. If it is too liquidy I cook it for a little bit to reduce the liquid, then let it cool before making the pasties.

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                Kaisgraham RE: outside25 Mar 14, 2007 11:03 AM

                I use leftover chili as taco filling. Cook enough liquid out of it for it to be thick enough. Use fresh grated cotija cheese for one of the toppings. Yum.

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                  Jeserf RE: outside25 Mar 14, 2007 11:07 AM

                  I usually turn leftover chili into a type of enchillada.
                  I just layer it with some tortillas, a little cheese and whatever sauce i have around (salsa works), and bake until warm and the top cheese is melted.

                  Super easy.

                  1. danhole RE: outside25 Mar 14, 2007 11:07 AM

                    At Spaghetti Warehouse they serve a Beer Chili Spaghetti dish and you can get cheese and onions to top it off with. It's really good, so I would try some of the chili over spaghetti.

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                      4Snisl RE: outside25 Mar 14, 2007 11:34 AM

                      For an indulgence, homemade chili cheese fries. I like to cut my potatoes into wedges because I think it's a sturdier shape to hold up to the weight of the toppings. Because I like spice, I make the cheese sauce with jalapeno jack and throw in a decent amount of smoked paprika for a smoky/spicy combo.

                      Previous posters did have a good point- chili tends to freeze really well and is often on emergency reserve in my house.

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                        Miss Poste RE: outside25 Mar 14, 2007 11:37 AM

                        I love to make a chili pie with leftovers. I warm the chili in a LeCruset, sprinkle some shredded cheddar or pepper jack on top, then pour cornbread batter over this mixture and bake according to the cornbread directions. I like homemade best, but in a pinch I use Jiffy cornbread mix. YUM.

                        1. amopdx RE: outside25 Mar 14, 2007 11:45 AM

                          chili omlette (if it is a thick chili) add some good cheese and onions, maybe top with some salsa and sour cream. makes a good lunch or breakfast.

                          also can do the popular chili & cream cheese dip serve w/fritos, I loved it as a teenager.

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                            PegsterA RE: amopdx Feb 22, 2013 09:16 PM

                            +1 I love to use leftover chili in omelets. Also like them topped with slices of avocado.

                          2. othervoice RE: outside25 Mar 14, 2007 11:55 AM

                            Lot's of good ideas already, but taco salads with chili are good, and if you have some of those tamales from Trader Joes throw it on top with some crumbled cheese and you've got a meal.

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                              thymetobake RE: othervoice Mar 6, 2012 06:51 PM

                              +1 on the taco salad. I consider chili a salad dressing, almost. Great with green lettuce, tomato, avocado, and all the other chile fixings you may like.

                              I also like it as a topping on baked potatoes. With cheese and sour cream, of course.

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                                acgold7 RE: thymetobake Mar 6, 2012 07:27 PM

                                Here's to you, Mr. Giant Taco Salad Inventor:


                                "Some may ask, is your Taco Salad healthy? Of course it is. It's a salad, isn't it?"

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                                  boyzoma RE: thymetobake Feb 22, 2013 05:37 PM

                                  +1 - I love Chili Cheese Baked Potatoes. Add Chili, Shredded Cheese, Diced Tomatoes, Sour Cream and sometimes even diced ham. Full meal deal! I'm jealous that you have the extras! Do you ship?

                              2. pepper_mil RE: outside25 Mar 14, 2007 04:43 PM

                                Thin with water/stock, add pasta, for hamburger soup. Spread in a baking pan and cook a batch of cornbread on top.


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                                  jennlee RE: outside25 Mar 31, 2008 03:44 PM

                                  1. Top scrambled eggs (wrap in a flour/corn tortilla) or serve with polenta cakes
                                  2. Layer corn tortillas, shredded chicken, chili, and cheese (do until fills top of casserole) top with cheese and bake at 35 degrees in oven until warmed thourgh and cheese has melted

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                                    bear RE: outside25 Mar 31, 2008 05:28 PM

                                    You can put a little chili in a casserole dish, and then layer with tortillas, more chili, cheese and sour cream. Make as many layers and you'd like, but end with a layer of chili, cheese and sour cream. Top with sliced olives and jalapenos, and bake until heated through.

                                    1. Pylon RE: outside25 Mar 31, 2008 06:23 PM

                                      I can't believe no one has said this yet, but how about chili dogs?

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                                        broncosaurus RE: Pylon Mar 31, 2008 07:28 PM

                                        The very first reply did.

                                        I'd make a tamale pie with cornmeal tossed on top the chili, mixing in some fresh corn, onions, olives, and maybe some hot salsa in the chili first. Bake and serve with cheese garnish.

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                                        gardenwife RE: outside25 Feb 3, 2010 02:13 PM

                                        Chili fries have been mentioned - yum! Tonight we had leftover chili over baked potatoes. I mashed the hot potato down in a shallow bowl then sprinkled shredded sharp cheddar on top. Next came a couple ladles of hot chili, topped with a dollop of light sour cream and some crushed red pepper seed. There's a method to my layering: The cheese melts nicely when sandwiched between the potato and chili.

                                        1. breadchick RE: outside25 Feb 3, 2010 05:41 PM

                                          I know this is a real late response, but considering SuperBowl...

                                          I made a chili-dog-chili. Make your usual chili and get pkgs of your favorite hot dogs. Cut the what-looks-like-butts pcs off of them and discard. Then slice the remaining dogs into bite size pcs. Add to your chili and simmer nearly forever.

                                          The dogs start to blend in, and become one with the chili. I made this for a picnic because I didn't know what anyone would eat and I panicked.

                                          Took my 12 qt All Clad full of chili w/ground beef, peppers, onions, tomatoes, spices etc,-- dumped lots of the cut up dogs into it and prayed someone wouldn't be grossed out by the dogs. (I personally am not fond of most hot dogs unless they're so covered in whatever.)

                                          End result - are you kidding me? It was gone in mere minutes. I did taste it and had to admit it was decent. Something about the dogs blending with the chili, probably. Now everyone at that picnic wants to do chili-dog-chili. Who knew?

                                          Not original, I'm sure - but just my experience. So easy too. So far removed from my normal everyday cooking it felt like I was taking a piss.

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                                            rthmchgs RE: breadchick Mar 6, 2012 12:07 PM

                                            You really throw away the ends of the hot dogs? Just curious....otherwise the chili and hot dog idea sounds good.

                                          2. Njchicaa RE: outside25 Mar 6, 2012 03:45 PM

                                            Leftover chili freezes pretty well. I always like to have some on hand for a quick appetizer. I spread a block of softened cream cheese in the bottom of a pie pan, put some thawed/drained chili on top, top with shredded cheddar, and bake until everything is warmed through. Serve with Tostito scoops or tortilla chips.

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                                              Querencia RE: outside25 Mar 6, 2012 04:34 PM

                                              Freeze that chili! Just go to the hardware store or Target and buy a stack of plastic quart and pint containers with lids. Fill them with chili. Put a little label on them. Chili in the freezer is like money in the bank.

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                                                kouchi RE: outside25 May 3, 2012 07:52 AM

                                                I know it's been a long time since the original post... but chilli on kraft dinner!!! ooooh yaaaa! A guilty pleasure. Homemade spaghetti meat sauce is good on KD too. Yum.

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                                                  Alys719 RE: outside25 Feb 22, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                  Forget corn bread or chili dogs……
                                                  Hash browns with chili and a over easy egg. Top with country gravy with ham or sausage.(thank you waffle house)
                                                  Mac & cheese with a scoop of chili, can also add bacon.
                                                  Stuffed bell peppers with dirty or spanish rice and chili

                                                  1. nomnomnoms RE: outside25 Feb 22, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                    Make a lean dough, stuff it with said chili, bake, then voila! HOT POCKETS.

                                                    1. tim irvine RE: outside25 Feb 23, 2013 05:38 PM

                                                      I love chili on nachos.

                                                      1. Davwud RE: outside25 Jul 2, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                        So what did you end up doing??


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                                                          smtucker RE: Davwud Jul 2, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                          Outside25 hasn't posted since 2008. Doubt we will get an update at this point.

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                                                            Davwud RE: smtucker Jul 2, 2013 04:05 PM


                                                            I didn't realize that it was started that long ago.


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                                                          Querencia RE: outside25 Jul 2, 2013 07:16 PM

                                                          FREEZE IT OF COURSE.

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