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Wolf Brand Chili Clone

I love Wolf Brand Chili and can't get it here in Florida. To order it from the net is prohibitive because of the ridiculous shipping cost. Does anyone have a recipe similar to it?

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  1. I haven't had Wolf Brand in years, but here are recipies from the past Terlingua chili cook off winners. I use Cindy Reed's recipie. No beans allowed.


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    1. I'm with you--I love that stuff

      1. Have you checked the web for copy cat recipes? There are several sites that specialize - not to say that any of their recipes are worth anything.

        FWIW, here's a list of ingredients from a can of the 'Hot - no beans' variety (minus the chemicals): beef, water, tomato puree, rolled oats, textured soy flour, chile pepper, less than 2% salt, natural flavor, sugar, dehydrated jalapeno pepper, caramel color, garlic powder, spice.

        I'd guess for the 'regular' you'd omit the jalapeno. Big questions, besides quantities of each, are the kind of chile pepper and what's covered by 'spice' and 'natural flavor.' I know commercial powder typically includes some ginger. Hmmmm...no mention of cumin in there!

        Rolled oats would be for a neutral tasting thickener.

        I've used Cindy Reed's packaged mix but it's a little mild for me; best packaged mix is Pecos Red. Both those are from here in Houston. I was surprised but Penzey's chili powder mixes are good.

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        1. re: brucesw

          Gee, what ever happened to the primacy of WIck Fowler? That was the mix we always used and I still like it.

          1. re: hazelhurst

            Still very popular, of course, and very good. I haven't used a pre-made mix in several years but I did think Pecos Red was significantly better than WF - YMMV. Only available at a few places around here and I was never going to try it if I had to pay postage for shipping from Houston to Houston!, but I found it at the famous Spec's Deli downtown. More than twice as expensive as WF, as I recall.

            1. Have you tried any of the refrigerated chili that comes in bricks or plastic tubs? I think some of those taste closer to Wolf than other brands of canned chili. It's been too long since I've had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili for me to say for certain though.

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              1. re: Chimayo Joe

                Don't seem to have that round here but I'll keep on the lookout

              2. When I first came to Texas Wolf Brand Chili was good (for a canned chili).
                Unfortunately when they moved production outside TX
                it got worse. Much worse.

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                1. re: jmellby

                  Yep, much worse! And that may be an understatement. Yucko!

                  1. re: RobbnTX

                    Make sure you can get your hands on some Sodium Tripolyphosphate.

                    It'll be a key weapon when you replicate Wolf Brand Chili.

                    You can lay your hands on some from a chemical supply warehouse.

                    From the wisegeek website:

                    "Sodium tripolyphosphate is a strong cleaning ingredient that typically can rid dishes and fabrics of soil and spots. Its key function is that it allows surfactants to work at their full potential. Also, it prevents deposition of soil and acts as a pH buffer. It softens detergent water and can be used as a water treatment, as well. Many household cleaning products, including surface and toilet cleaners, contain STPP due to its cleaning component."


                    Any failed attempts at replicating Wolf chili can be used as industrial strength cleaners around your house or office.

                    Out here in Austin we eat a lot of chili but Wolf in a can does not enter into the equation when it's supper time.

                    1. re: scrumptiouschef

                      So ConAgra is trying to poison me with Sodium Tripolyphosphate. Does the FDA know this? While they're at it, why not ban oxygen...everyone who ever breathed it died, or will. I will go on enjoyin' Wolf Brand now knowing that it's cleanin' my insides in addition to bein great tastin'.

                      1. re: scrumptiouschef

                        I like how every time someone mentions Wolf Brand Chili, STPP is brought up like it is the only food in the world that contains it... what about all the other foods that have STPP in it? preservatives are used in A LOT of foods, especially canned.

                    2. re: jmellby

                      Actually, I been eating it for years. It used to be you could find unidentifiable chunks in it but those have mercifully disappeared.