How to Make a Spicy Chili

Chili lovers often fall into three categories: mild, medium, or are-my-ears-smoking hot. If you fall into the latter of this list, then you are in the right place. We break down how you can add a little (or a lot) of spice to take your chili recipe from delicious to dang, this is my best batch yet.

Step 1: Find the Right Spice 

These four ingredients are promised to bring the heat:

  1. Jalapeño Peppers (Pro tip: leave the ribs/seeds on the pepper for an even hotter kick)
  2. Hot sauce
  3. Cayenne pepper
  4. Crushed red pepper flakes 

Step 2: Start Small

If you put all of your spices in one proverbial basket, a mushroom cloud might erupt over your head at the first bite. Start small by:

  1. Adding our Chili Starter Blend to your chili to set the stage for a world of aromatic flavor
  2. Halving the spice/chiles for less heat.
  3. Using one chile (such as cayenne) instead of combining several hot spices.
  4. Keep peppers and spices on the side for guests to add (or omit) at their discretion. 

Step 3: Add cooling sides

Dairy is the kryptonite of spice. Bring a little reprieve from the heat with:

  1. Sour cream
  2. Milk as a beverage
  3. Bread pieces for dipping

How much heat will you bring to the kitchen? Rate how hot you like your chili (1 = mild, 10 = super spicy) on our latest Instagram post to let us know!

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