Ideas for toppings bar for chili?
- mollyomormon Jan 31, 2008 09:42 AM
Planning to do a few different kinds of chili for the Super Bowl and wanted to do a toppings bar. Aside from the usual suspects (cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips), any ideas for what to have on hand? Thanks!
chopped white onion
sorry was stuck in mantown superbowl mode
If this is for the superbowl and a group of hungry sports hounds, I speak for myself here, whatever is on the table will eventually go into the chili, just put stuff out and they will come.
check out chili my soul's website for ideas of what they offer as add-in toppings!
personally, onion (raw and caramelized), chopped tomatoes, cheddar/jack cheese fricos (the crunch is a nice contrast) is the norm, but if you share what various renditions/ingredients you plan to make/use, we might be able to supply some better suggestions as to juxtaposing flavors/textures.
Red kidney beans
sliced black olives
sliced spanish olives
chopped fresh cilantro
sliced boiled hot dogs (for a reverse chili dog)
Avocado sounds delicious! Also not mentioned:
different crushed peppers (pimenton, Aleppo pepper, cayenne, ancho)
ground corned beef (my preference for chili meat)
A lot of what I would've suggested has been already mentioned, but here's a couple more:
shredded corn tortillas, flash fried but still pliable
chopped hard-boiled eggs
roasted or fried plantain chunks
chopped black olives
sliced hearts of palm
those fried, crunchy chow mein noodles
diced mango or papaya
Chopped green onions
Queso Fresco + Cheddar or Jack
Fresh Chopped Peppers
Chopped Fresh Tomatoes
(I like that polenta idea too!)
I love to have fresh cornbread or corn muffins with my chili.
nacho cheese (mini crock pot is GREAT for this)
avocado halves (to fill)
Most of the above +
Rice and/or orzo or Israeli couscous
If it's spicy, milk helps for those that can't handle heat.
And don't forget the antacids... :)
Sounds strange, but put out a small bowl of bittersweet chocolate that you have thinly sliced from the chunk or bar using a vegetable peeler. Chocolate is sometimes a mystery ingredient in a chili, and providing it as an add-in will be unique and a conversation starter.
An assortment of pickles, particularly pickled chilies, and for those that don't mesh well with the heat, giardiniera.
Fried Plantain Chips sounds like a great idea!
Some pickled red onions might be interesting too.
There's a variety of shredded and crumbled cheese that would be interesting, like Cabo's Habanero cheese, or some Cojita
Thinly sliced fresh hot chile's such as Jalapeno or Serrano, or some Fresnos - or just make a medley
Diced pineapple might be interesting, it's certainly good in baked beans
Some freshly made pico de gallo, with lots of fresh cilantro and lime.
You can add some lime zest to the sour cream to jazz it up a bit too.
Shredded cheddar cheese, the kind that comes pre-shredded in a plastic package. Lots.
Lot's of great suggestions here... I wanted to re-recommend a couple:
Tater Tots: These are super easy, and make a nice mix-in, playing a role similar to rice or pasta.
Crispy chow mein noodles: I thought these were my secret chili trick, but I saw someone else mention them below... seriously, one of the best things on chili!
One I haven't seen mention: Fried Durkee onions, to sprinkle on top... so bad, and so good!
Peanut butter and brown sugar sandwich triangles on the side. No joke, it's great.
I think everything else has already been suggested (mustard, oyster crackers, sour cream, lime, scallion, cilantro, cheese...shredded chihuahua is my fave) Did anyone mention cornbread muffins?
If you are making a beanless chili, serve a bowl of pintos, too.
Oh, some nicely trimmed celery sticks and green onions (not chopped) is nice.
You could seed bell peppers to use as the bowls, that would be fun!