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Mar 14, 2007 06:00 AM

so much leftover chili - what to do with it?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      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!

      1. re: abowes

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

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          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. 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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          1. re: sweetie

            That would almost be Cincinatti chili.


          2. 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.

            1. 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.

              1. 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.