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:
- Jalapeño Peppers (Pro tip: leave the ribs/seeds on the pepper for an even hotter kick)
- Hot sauce
- Cayenne pepper
- 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:
- Adding our Chili Starter Blend to your chili to set the stage for a world of aromatic flavor
- Halving the spice/chiles for less heat.
- Using one chile (such as cayenne) instead of combining several hot spices.
- 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:
- Sour cream
- Milk as a beverage
- 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!