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Nov 20, 2012 06:25 PM

Wolf Brand Chili - straight up?

I've read a few reviews here on canned chili and Wolf Brand Chili seems to be the most recommended if you're not going to make it yourself. I finally spotted it in the store tonight and am ready to give it a shot. Most of the recommendations here were related to chili used as a topping (fries, hot dogs), is it also good just in a bowl with sour cream, cheese and a lovely piece of cornbread or would another brand be better?

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  1. I learned about Wolf here, as a lazy topping for chili dogs, but I confess I have Wolfed down a soupy can or two in the microwave, with cheese and onions. I have a few cans of the 'other' brands in my pantry, but I have never sampled them. It is best with chili dogs rather than on its own.

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    1. re: Veggo

      Hmm, perhaps I'll go on the google search for another brand. Perhaps Hormel?

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        Hormel is one in my pantry I haven't tried. There must be limited expectations from the contents of a 2 dollar can of anything.

    2. I suppose if you are going with a canned chili you might as well go with Wolf Brand. Meatier than most. Heat it up. Top with sour cream and avocado. It's really not as bad as it sounds. Although to be perfectly honest with you. Never have understood the fascination with this stuff around this place.

      Oops... Forgot the cheese!

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      1. re: miss_belle

        Do you think it just pales in comparison to homemade? If so, I might just skip it ad pick a weekend to actually make some legit chili. Save the calories and tastebuds for an extra Thanksgiving leftover sandwich :)

      2. I think it's the best canned chili we've had. When we first started getting it, the no-bean variety was a lot thicker and meatier than it is now, IMO. It seems to have become what their "chili sauce" used to be. We now prefer the one with beans -- it's meatier, thicker, and it's not like there's a lot of beans in there anyway. In fact, my wife and I have concocted what she calls "recombinant chili": 1 can of Wolf's with beans, plus two cans of kidney beans mostly drained, mixed together.

        I have to say though, it's not the most appetizing sight before we add the beans, even as canned chili goes.

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        1. re: Steve Green

          They make something called "Homestyle' that I sometime find on-sale at Super Wal-Mart (just to continue the "canned theme"). So far as a canned product goes I think it is as good as you get. I'll add sour cream, maybe a touch of beef stock and onion. Again, to stay consistent, the stock is boxed or canned and the onions should be dried (Zatarains, in my case). Hot sauce &c as desired. Perfectly fine for a cold morning breakfast.

          1. re: hazelhurst

            I actually tried a can this morning straight up in a bowl and it was very very soupy.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              Maybe I put the stock in one of teh other has been awhile since I did it. But I so stick with dried long as we are going for canned stuff, stay consistent. you know, 1963 Bomb Shelter food.

        2. I had some tonight as a hot dog topping (due to the fact that I forgot the 24 hr lead time for the pickled onions on the beef tongue tacos I had planned). It's really perfect on a chili dog, but I'd have to do some real spicing up to make it a good bowl of chili.

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          1. re: JonParker

            Perhaps I'll just pull out a hot dog or some Fritos.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              WB chili certainly has its place in the pantry. I always keep a can on hand in case we want chili cheeseburgers for instance. And since there has been mention of fritos and hot dogs. Slice up some hot dogs and fry in a bit of butter. Layer with fritos, chili, cheese and nuke. Top with sliced jalapeƱos or whatever you like. Not exactly gourmet fare but it'll do in a pinch.

          2. Based on recommendations here I tried my first can of Wolf chili not long ago. It is better than hormel, which isn't saying much, and I thought it would be ok for a chili dog.

            Here is a chili recipe that is a hundred times better than wolf canned:
            One pound ground beef
            One can of tomatoes
            One pkt. McCormick chili seasoning
            One can of beans, optional

            Follow directions on envelope

            It can be ready to eat in 15 minutes, start to finish.