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What goes good with chili?

ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 03:24 PM

I am making chili tonight and I would like to know what goes good with chili..

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  1. pikawicca RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 03:32 PM

    Cole slaw and cornbread.

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      twyst RE: pikawicca Feb 3, 2012 03:39 PM

      Cornbread is fantastic with chili.

      Im also a fan of the classics. Hot dogs, saltines, or fritos!

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        ocalagal50 RE: twyst Feb 3, 2012 03:47 PM

        Fritos sounds good.:) Thanks.:)

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          srsone RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 05:36 PM

          Frito pie is how i eat chili most of the time....
          unless with cornbread...
          or the cincinatti style....over pasta

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            iL Divo RE: srsone Feb 10, 2012 06:15 AM

            +1 for cincinatti style

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              khh1138 RE: srsone Feb 12, 2012 02:29 PM

              Spaghetti for me, too! With diced onions and cheese, whatever I have on hand. It was Havarti a couple of days ago.

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        wyogal RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 03:33 PM


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          hetook RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 03:38 PM


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            azveggieguy RE: hetook Feb 4, 2012 12:38 PM

            especially jasmine (IMO)

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              Naguere RE: hetook Feb 5, 2012 04:54 AM

              Yep, plain boiled rice, to set off the zing of the Chilli.

              Jasmine if you like, I go for Basmatti, and a small tomato salad.

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                hetook RE: Naguere Feb 5, 2012 09:29 AM

                yeah, Jasmine or basmati brings out the cumin in the chili. I like chopped scallions and cilantro on top also.

            2. Will Owen RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 06:12 PM

              I've not done this in years, but my favorite guilty pleasure used to be to put two well-dressed hard tacos - the gringo Taco-Bell variety - into a bowl and pour chili over it. It was an old dude from Texas who showed us that; I later found out that it was his adaptation of a way to eat stacked enchiladas, which is even better. Cheese quesadillas is good, too, and easier - the important elements are cheese, crisp-fried corn tortillas, and maybe chopped onion. Probably a little more trouble than you'd care to undertake. In a pinch I'd just go with a big handful of shredded cheese and another of Fritos!

              1. Veggo RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 06:46 PM

                cheese and onions

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                  acgold7 RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 06:54 PM

                  A big bowl of shredded iceberg, topped with a couple of cups of chili and prodigious amounts of cheese, onions, guacamole and sour cream. Is it good for you? Of course it is. It's a salad, isn't it?


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                    JerryMe RE: acgold7 Feb 6, 2012 09:03 AM

                    Good one ACGold7!

                    I'm going to agree w/ WyoGal - Beer of course, but don't forget the hot sauce w/ the chili!

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                      wyogal RE: JerryMe Feb 6, 2012 09:42 AM

                      When's the party? Now, WHICH beer? I like Shiner Bock... or an MGD would do.

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                        hawkeyeui93 RE: wyogal Feb 6, 2012 09:50 AM

                        I had people over for chili last Saturday and I served up both a Wheat Beer from Kansas City [Boulevard Wheat] and Colorado [Breckenridge's Agave Wheat]. We finished the evening with a beer from the Amana Colonies in Iowa [Millstream's Schild Brau Amber].

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                          John E. RE: hawkeyeui93 Feb 6, 2012 10:49 AM

                          Are you telling us that the Amish in Iowa make and sell beer?

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                            wyogal RE: John E. Feb 6, 2012 10:52 AM


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                              hawkeyeui93 RE: John E. Feb 6, 2012 11:07 AM

                              A common misconception is that the Amana Colonists are Amish. The Amana Colonies was a commune created by those belonging to an 18th Century religious movement called Pietistism (sp?) .... Here's a link to further explain the history of the community: http://amanacolonies.com/pages/about-...

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                                John E. RE: hawkeyeui93 Feb 6, 2012 12:32 PM

                                I learned at least one new thing today. I new they made Maytag bleu cheese down there as well as Amana appliances, go figure.

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                                  DonShirer RE: John E. Feb 6, 2012 06:58 PM

                                  On my cheese list, Maytag Blue gets 2 1/2 out of 3 stars!

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                                    John E. RE: John E. Sep 11, 2013 07:44 PM

                                    Whenever an old thread pops up, I always go back and read what I wrote, sometimes from months and years ago. Before they changed the format of these threads, the username of the person writing the post appeared at the bottom. I would find myself agreeing with an old post that I was re-reading only to discover I was reading an old post of my own.

                                    I am a little embarrassed by the post to which I am responding.


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                                      Douskidu RE: John E. Sep 11, 2013 07:51 PM

                                      I was actually replying to Ocalagal and What Goes Good With Chili!


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                                hawkeyeui93 RE: hawkeyeui93 Feb 6, 2012 01:29 PM


                                Another interesting fact is that the father of the modern craft beer movement [Fritz Maytag -- Anchor Steam Beer] is also on the Board of Directors of Maytag Dairy Farms, which was founded by his grandfather (and Fritz's great grandfather started Maytag Appliances). Fritz's father started the cheese making ...

                        2. JenJeninCT RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 06:55 PM

                          Sharp cheddar and tortilla chips (something sturdy, so you can scoop the chili with them) or cornbread

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                            sueatmo RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 06:57 PM

                            Cornbread and salad. Or you could skip the salad. But cornbread for sure. If you don't make cornbread, then corn chips.

                            Garnishes: shredded cheese, sour cream or yogurt, or shredded onion.

                            I also think a plate of salty olives would taste good with chil.

                            1. ipsedixit RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 09:12 PM


                              Baked potato


                              1. scubadoo97 RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 09:21 PM

                                We eat chili with rice often but also make cornbread on many occasions when making chili.

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                                  FoodFigure RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 09:25 PM

                                  Cornbread, rice and bread bread rolls are go great with chili. One of my favorite ways to eat chili though would have to be pilled high on a place nachos, cheese and peppers.

                                  Its probably more of a "leftovers" way to eat chili, but like the classic hot turkey sandwich, its every bit as good as the initial serving!

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                                    Janet RE: ocalagal50 Feb 3, 2012 11:43 PM

                                    We like peanut butter on crackers with chili.

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                                      Cachetes RE: Janet Feb 5, 2012 10:49 AM

                                      Okay, I have to ask: where did you get this idea?? I have never heard of this, and it sounds really strange. I'm not saying it wouldn't be good (especially b/c I think peanut butter makes pretty much everything better), but i have just never heard of this.

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                                        ocalagal50 RE: Cachetes Feb 5, 2012 10:58 AM

                                        Yeah peanut butter does sound strange with chili but hey who knows it might be good.:) I love peanut butter.:)

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                                          mpjmph RE: Cachetes Feb 6, 2012 11:31 AM

                                          I frequently stir a tablespoon of peanut butter into the pot of chili while it's cooking.

                                      2. Perilagu Khan RE: ocalagal50 Feb 4, 2012 07:08 AM

                                        I wholeheartedly support cornbread, saltines and beer. AFAIC, there's no need to garnish chili.

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                                          lawhound05 RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 4, 2012 09:54 AM

                                          I concur! Cornbread, saltine crackers, and the cold beverage of your choice. Good chili requires no toppings.

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                                          gordeaux RE: ocalagal50 Feb 4, 2012 07:25 AM

                                          I line a bowl with rice, kind of press in a thin layer - then spread sour cream - really thin film of it over the rice, then chili.

                                          Corn muffins laced with cheese and minced jalapenos
                                          Jicama salad - jicama, whatever fruit is in season (oranges, pears, apples now) with an easy lime, evoo, salt, ancho dressing.

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                                            magiesmom RE: gordeaux Feb 4, 2012 07:28 AM

                                            cornbread, crunchy salad and guacamole. and beer.

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                                              Munkipawse RE: gordeaux Feb 7, 2012 09:14 AM

                                              gosh Gorde, the rice & sourcream prep for your chili sounds awesome! I will definitely be doing that next time. How do you eat the Guac with chili, as a side or a stir-in?

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                                                xiaobao12 RE: gordeaux Oct 7, 2012 05:36 PM

                                                gordeaux, can you elaborate on the ancho dressing?

                                              2. paulj RE: ocalagal50 Feb 4, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                tortillas (corn or flour).

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                                                  AdamD RE: ocalagal50 Feb 4, 2012 09:21 AM

                                                  aside from the traditional stuff

                                                  chili is nice over cheesy eggs

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                                                    ithimis RE: AdamD Feb 6, 2012 08:51 AM

                                                    On Saturday morning I poached eggs in leftover chili. My wife was grossed out but I really enjoyed it.

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                                                      Will Owen RE: ithimis Oct 7, 2012 05:58 PM

                                                      That's one of my favorite lunch dishes. Get a smallish pan of chili just simmering over low-enough heat so it won't burn and break a couple of room-temperature eggs in there. The tricky part is that the yolks set at a lower temperature than the whites; doing it on the stovetop instead of the oven helps.

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                                                        lackinglatin RE: Will Owen Jan 12, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                        This is actually, essentially, an Israeli dish known as "Shakshuka".

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                                                          iL Divo RE: lackinglatin Feb 8, 2014 08:56 AM


                                                          is the recipe shared here?

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                                                    betsydiver RE: ocalagal50 Feb 4, 2012 09:50 AM

                                                    one of my favorite fast food combos is at wendy's from the dollar menu: small chili over baked potatoe with sour cream, or over garden salad with extra hot sauce...

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                                                      wyogal RE: betsydiver Feb 4, 2012 09:28 PM

                                                      LOVE Wendy's chili.

                                                    2. mucho gordo RE: ocalagal50 Feb 4, 2012 11:14 AM

                                                      I make a burrito out of it; just wrap the chili in a tortilla. I also serve it as "chili size" with toast points and a hamburger patty on the bottom of the bowl covered with chili, chopped onions and cheddar. Chili is good no matter how it is served.

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                                                        alexander112 RE: ocalagal50 Feb 4, 2012 11:24 AM

                                                        Cornbread rocks.

                                                        Sometimes we fill a bowl with chili, two dollops sour cream, sprinkled fresh grated cheddar, and jalapeƱos, then we use tortilla rounds to eat the chili.

                                                        Coleslaw is a usual standby-or you can make a green salad with shredded cabbage on top for an easy twist to the green.

                                                        1. JMF RE: ocalagal50 Feb 4, 2012 11:59 AM

                                                          I like it covered with grated extra sharp cheddar, chopped sweet onion, and sour cream; sometimes slices of avocado. Sometimes I just eat it like that.

                                                          Other times I use the "Scoops" tortilla chips, or iceberg lettuce torn into pieces and filled with the chili and toppings. I've also used chili as taco filling with the crispy tacos. And in tortillas to make burritos.

                                                          Sometimes I make a chili sandwich with just the chili and cheddar. Rarely, but every now and then served over spaghetti or other pasta. Once I served it with spaghetti squash, and now thinking back I wonder why I never did that again because it was pretty good.

                                                          For sides I like just plain corn frozen kernels, cooked with very little water and a bit of sugar. The sweet corn goes well with the chili.

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                                                            laliz RE: JMF Feb 6, 2012 09:24 AM

                                                            sweet corn and chili; YES! (not a cornbread fan, however)

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                                                            CDouglas RE: ocalagal50 Feb 4, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                            Growing up it was always saltine crackers and a glass of milk.

                                                            Now it is corn tortillas and beer. Roll the tortillas into tubes and dip them in your chili. Perfection.

                                                            1. John E. RE: ocalagal50 Feb 4, 2012 08:43 PM

                                                              Like others have posted, I grew up eating saltine crackers with chili and my mother frequently made cornbread to serve with chili although when I was a kid it was completely lost on me. Now we mostly serve chili with Fritos, shredded cheese, sour cream to go on top of the chili and sometimes cornbread on the side. Sometimes, I'll make a cornbread batter and put it on top of chili in a casserole dish and back that in the oven and make a midwest version of a tamale pie. Sour cream, cheese and salsa goes on top of that.

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                                                                paulj RE: John E. Feb 4, 2012 09:29 PM

                                                                I wonder the cornbread association arose when chili moved out of Texas into the Mississippi valley. There was a time where the poorest in that area lived on cornbread and beans. A chili with added meat would have been a step up. There is also a version of Mississippi tamales.

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                                                                  John E. RE: paulj Feb 4, 2012 11:07 PM

                                                                  We live not too far from Mississippi...the river that is, but at the northern end of it.

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                                                                    paulj RE: John E. Feb 4, 2012 11:53 PM

                                                                    Do you eat cornbread with anything else?

                                                                    The association of chili and cornbread seems wide spread, but I don't know if has a regional pattern, or how old it is.

                                                                    I have some family connections in Minnesota. Cornbread was common enough (not the purist southern style), but I don't associate it with anything in particular.

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                                                                      John E. RE: paulj Feb 5, 2012 08:04 AM

                                                                      When we do make cornbread, it is of the southern variety made in a cast iron skillet (and I recently purchased a vintage Griswold square cast iron skillet for $3). Usually the cornbread is eaten with chili or some other Tex-Mex meal. I sometimes mix in whole kernel corn and chopped red and/or green chilies as well.

                                                                      One of my SILs grew up eating the cake-like cornbread (made with the addition of flour and sugar) as a breakfast food served with butter and maple syrup.

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                                                                        hawkeyeui93 RE: paulj Feb 6, 2012 11:11 AM

                                                                        Paul: The most common dish associated with cornbread in my Irish-American family in Iowa was Ham and Bean Soup [made with ham hocks and northern beans].

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                                                                          paulj RE: hawkeyeui93 Feb 6, 2012 11:53 AM

                                                                          My Iowa cornbread memory comes from a regional cafeteria chain, Bishops Buffet. As a kid I liked to get their cornbread, which came with a little pitcher of syrup. At that age I was not at all fond of beans, especially the kidney beans in chili. I have no childhood memories of ham and bean soup.

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                                                                            hawkeyeui93 RE: paulj Feb 6, 2012 01:30 PM

                                                                            Paul: I absolutely despise kidney beans in chili .... and I remember Bishops!

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                                                                            sandylc RE: hawkeyeui93 Feb 7, 2012 02:26 PM

                                                                            My mom grew up in extreme southern Illinois eating ham and (Great Northern) beans and cornbread (southern style). It is still her favorite meal. I like it well enough, but don't love it. There is NEVER anything in the ham & beans except ham, great northerns, and water. Maybe a little salt and pepper if necessary!

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                                                                        Perilagu Khan RE: paulj Feb 5, 2012 07:39 AM

                                                                        Cornbread, beans and fried pertatas was an extremely common meal for us growing up in west Texas.

                                                                        Chili is about the only other dish we had cornbread with, though.

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                                                                          paulj RE: Perilagu Khan Feb 5, 2012 09:15 AM

                                                                          Is chili ever paired with biscuits? If chili has chuck wagon roots (ignoring the San Antonio chili queens for the moment) biscuits must have part of those meals. In south Texas they make a pan de campo, biscuit like dough but baked in the dutch oven in a single large round.

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                                                                            Perilagu Khan RE: paulj Feb 5, 2012 09:44 AM

                                                                            I've never had that pairing, nor have I seen it, so I don't think it's commonplace. But I imagine you're absolutely correct that the two would have been paired on the ranches and cattle drives.

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                                                                        hetook RE: ocalagal50 Feb 4, 2012 11:01 PM

                                                                        your post got me thinking 'bout chili today. I'm on a health kick at th moment so ... it was veg. chili with a bottom layer of quinoa. hmm.. not bad.

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                                                                          Sharuf RE: ocalagal50 Feb 5, 2012 01:01 AM

                                                                          guacamole with veggie scoopers - jicama for sure, and cucumber is good also.

                                                                          1. KaimukiMan RE: ocalagal50 Feb 5, 2012 04:17 AM

                                                                            In Hawaii it is almost invariably served over rice.

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                                                                              onigiri RE: ocalagal50 Feb 5, 2012 09:47 AM

                                                                              A friend of mine insists the best chili is with onions and a dollop of mayonnaise mixed in.

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                                                                                paulj RE: onigiri Feb 5, 2012 10:16 AM

                                                                                Diced raw onion? That's one of the toppings of Cincinnati style

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                                                                                  mucho gordo RE: paulj Feb 5, 2012 10:23 AM

                                                                                  Raw onion is also one of the toppings in a good 'chili size'

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                                                                                ocalagal50 RE: ocalagal50 Feb 5, 2012 10:43 AM

                                                                                Thank you every body for the wonderful ideas ..Now I have good ideas when I make chili again.:)

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                                                                                  hawkeyeui93 RE: ocalagal50 Feb 5, 2012 10:53 AM

                                                                                  When I make chili, my condiments are fritos, chopped red onion, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. In certain parts of the Midwest, fresh cinnamon rolls are served for dessert.

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                                                                                    laliz RE: ocalagal50 Feb 6, 2012 09:27 AM

                                                                                    I like chili over hot dogs w/shredded cheese and mustard -- maybe a few chopped onions. no bread.

                                                                                    1. boyzoma RE: ocalagal50 Feb 6, 2012 09:33 AM

                                                                                      I made a big batch of chili yesterday for Superbowl. It was topped with shredded cheese and diced onions. This was served with cornbread muffins with honey butter. The leftovers are going to be chili covered baked potatoes, topped with cheese, sour cream, chives, diced tomato and diced ham. It's all good. Oh, and we had fritos scoopers!

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                                                                                        C70 RE: ocalagal50 Feb 6, 2012 10:03 AM

                                                                                        I like mine on basmati with cheddar on top. leftovers on a crispy baked potato w/ cheese & sour cream.

                                                                                        1. caseyjo RE: ocalagal50 Feb 6, 2012 10:07 AM

                                                                                          I'll be making some soon, as I've just found out that some of my friends have never had Texas style chili made from ground chili peppers.

                                                                                          I like to top my chili with sour cream, cheese, and some coarsely chopped cilantro. I like it with corn bread or baked potatoes, but usually if the chili is good it's filling enough on the side.

                                                                                          My favorite chili tip is to add a small square of good dark chocolate (seriously small, about an ounce) into the pot right when the chili is almost ready. Let it melt and it imparts a rich, decadent mouthfeel to the chili.

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                                                                                            justalex RE: ocalagal50 Feb 6, 2012 06:55 PM

                                                                                            I'm in the cornbread boat with quite a few here. I also like to top chili with shredded sharp cheddar and chopped scallions.

                                                                                            Usually, I make a huge batch and when we're tired of it I freeze the rest. When I thaw and reheat it a month later, I always serve the chili (sans cheddar) with a gooey, Velveeta grilled cheese sandwich. I love dipping a slightly crunchy GC into spicy chili on a lazy winter Sunday evening. Perfect low maintenance meal.

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                                                                                              xiaobao12 RE: justalex Oct 7, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                                                              I am reading this topic while eating a bowl of chili - this has got to be one of the most satisfying things to do....

                                                                                              Thanks for the great ideas - especially the grilled cheese, raw onions.

                                                                                            2. mcap RE: ocalagal50 Feb 7, 2012 09:04 AM

                                                                                              I dig chili with tater tots... cook the tots separately, then put some on the bottom and ladle the chili over. They break down from the heat of the chili and turn into a shredded potato type consistency. Put a few crunchy ones on top, with a little raw green onion. I'll eat that all day.

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                                                                                                sparky403 RE: ocalagal50 Feb 7, 2012 10:57 AM

                                                                                                jalapeno & cheese corn muffins

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                                                                                                  jncox RE: ocalagal50 Feb 7, 2012 03:34 PM

                                                                                                  Grilled Cheese!

                                                                                                  1. iL Divo RE: ocalagal50 Feb 10, 2012 06:18 AM

                                                                                                    "What goes good with chili?"

                                                                                                    .......me at the table.................

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                                                                                                      sandylc RE: ocalagal50 Feb 10, 2012 06:11 PM

                                                                                                      Jalapeno hush puppies with honey butter.

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                                                                                                        Plano Rose RE: ocalagal50 Feb 11, 2012 09:49 AM

                                                                                                        Peach crumble for dessert.

                                                                                                        1. mamachef RE: ocalagal50 Oct 7, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                                                                          I like to serve it with a casserole that's a mix between spoonbread and cornbread, containing diced roasted green chiles, fresh corn kernels, Mexican crema blanca, and cotija cheese. Yum. I also like to serve it with quesadillas: cheese-stuffed and topped w/ guacamole. And you can never ever go wrong with the classics: salad or slaw, and regular cornbread.
                                                                                                          Oh, and beer.

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                                                                                                            hantms RE: ocalagal50 Dec 23, 2012 08:26 PM

                                                                                                            Here's what goes well with chili: All the things that are NOT supposed to be in chili, but that some people add anyway. So instead you turn those things into the side dish. That keeps chili purists happy, and also those folks that insist on putting beans, tomatoes and gawd knows what else into chili (corn, celery even), a little red onion, cilantro on top..)

                                                                                                            So you make a bean salad that includes some chopped tomato, celery (if you must) in a fairly light dressing that isn't overly oily so it goes well with the heavier chili. Best of course with fresh or dried beans so it doesn't get mushy, like you get with canned beans.

                                                                                                            It's like a parking spot where you can relegate all the carbs & veggies. Just so that they don't mess up your chili, while still having a credible claim to providing a healthy, balanced meal.

                                                                                                            1. woodleyparkhound RE: ocalagal50 Dec 24, 2012 12:01 AM

                                                                                                              I love lots of toppings: shredded cheddar (not pre-shredded), sour cream, chopped scallions or onions, chopped cilantro, fritos or tortilla chips (Green Mountain Gringo is my favorite brand), finely diced tomatoes... all served on the side so people can add their own.

                                                                                                              Saltine crackers (as a nod to my childhood). These I usually only have if I'm eating chili alone! Homemade southern-style cornbread, beer, cold milk...

                                                                                                              This is my idea of a perfect chili dinner! Oh, and if we are going for perfect, a homemade fruit cobbler for dessert!

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                                                                                                                iL Divo RE: woodleyparkhound Feb 8, 2014 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                my husband would agree to the saltine crackers as a must. we always have an extra box of saltines in both houses-I'm sure he thinks they were invented just for him

                                                                                                              2. tim irvine RE: ocalagal50 Dec 24, 2012 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                Other than the cornbread and beer, assuming we are talking about very spicy chili, a friend from El Paso introduced me to mango cream cheese jello mold as an accompaniment. It helps calm the heat. Of course most any dairy works. I sampled some fresh piquins the other day, and a small swig of milk cooled me back down right away.

                                                                                                                1. meatn3 RE: ocalagal50 Dec 24, 2012 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                  My Fathers family always has egg salad sandwiches with chili.

                                                                                                                  I've never understood the appeal but it is a combination which *must*not*be*tampered*with!

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                                                                                                                    tim irvine RE: meatn3 Dec 25, 2012 08:48 PM

                                                                                                                    Well a fried egg atop stacked green chili enchiladas rocks, so I'll bet it is a good combo.

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                                                                                                                      iL Divo RE: meatn3 Feb 8, 2014 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                      love an egg salad sandwich

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                                                                                                                      Querencia RE: ocalagal50 Dec 25, 2012 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                      Crackers, then a second bowl of chili.

                                                                                                                      1. PotatoHouse RE: ocalagal50 Dec 26, 2012 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                        Fried taters or as we call them, home fries.

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                                                                                                                          I just wanted to add croutons to this list.

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                                                                                                                            Douskidu RE: ocalagal50 Sep 11, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                            Breado-s! Mix up Pillsbury Hot Roll mix/instructions. Let rise about an hour. Punch down and, with oiled fingers, pull off pieces about the size of a ping pong ball and stretch in all directions. Fry in shallow oil med/ med-high heat until a dark, golden brown. Cool on paper towels. Ladel chili on top or dunk. Good with any bean dish.

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                                                                                                                              Puffin3 RE: Douskidu Sep 12, 2013 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                              Creamy garlic and leek mashed potatoes. Coleslaw on the side.I love it when the last few mouthfuls are all three mixed together!
                                                                                                                              Definitely time for another chili.

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                                                                                                                                Tripeler RE: jrvedivici Sep 13, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                                I agree with jrvedivici here. I would add that a rich, beer with a fair amount of sweetness and a darker color works very well. Something like Westmalle Dubbel or Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruit.

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                                                                                                                                bjohll RE: ocalagal50 Feb 6, 2014 10:28 PM

                                                                                                                                Peanut butter on white bread is a must!

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