Wolf Brand Chili - straight up?
- fldhkybnva Nov 20, 2012 06:25 PM
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 jalapeños or whatever you like. Not exactly gourmet fare but it'll do in a pinch.
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.