So you are sitting down, trying to take in as many glasses of water as you can at a time. What can cause such reactions anyway? Very limited answers and chilli is definitely one of them.
It is hot, it is red, and it is attractively red. Chilli pepper is a very common cooking ingredient and it is unique but also very basic.
There are so many different kinds of chilli recipes and I bet you get confused every once in a while about which should make it to your table, you also have to figure out what to serve with it when done except the regular coleslaw.
So let’s take a ride into the world of chillies, we will find out fantastic ways to serve this hot heads and sides to pair with them.
What is chilli?
When we say chilli, we aren’t actually referring to the chilli peppers themselves, it is rather the inclusion of the pepper into a dish, the presence of the pepper terms the entire dish chilli.
In essence, there is no chilli without the chilli peppers. The chilli pepper is cooked with lots of other ingredients such as meat, beans, or vegetables. A lot of controversies have come up as to what exactly should be included in a chilli dish.
Some people have it that chilli should simply be a dish of chilli peppers and meat while others say it should have beans and vegetables. Either way, the chilli pepper is the main ingredient and it is always present in a chilli dish.
Five Unique Chilli Recipes
1. Chilli con Carne
This is actually the first traditional recipe that got its popularity in Texas so it’s right we take a look at it before trying out other chilli recipes we have. Now, you should know that the ingredients you choose to include or exclude from it are totally up to you.
If you would prefer your chilli con Care with a lot of beans, go ahead and throw them in there.
For a basic recipe, try this out by Kitchen sanctuary.
The mixture of ingredients used is what makes me find it appealing but don’t be alarmed, most of the ingredients can be gotten easily.
2. Beer Brat Chilli
All the beer lovers in the house say hi! This one is for you, if you can stand a little mix of alcohol in your chilli then you should try this recipe by Kitchen Confidence.
It is as tasty as it is simple, another pleasing fact about this beer brat chilli recipe is how fast you get to prepare it.
If you are not a fan of pork, feel free to leave it out or substitute it with something more preferable to you as the video uses bacon.
3. Slow Cooker Three Bean Chilli
As the name implies, this chilli involves the use of three different kinds of beans and this recipe by Aberdeens kitchen has a fine selection. The recipe is quite easy and it is vegetarian.
If you are in on taking lots of healthy vegetables in your chilli, this is absolutely it. If you also have some time on your hands for the slow cooking then see how it goes.
4. Turkey Chilli Recipe
What should go better in your chilli than some fine well-cut turkey peeking out here and there? I laid my hands on this recipe by Little broken and I tell you it is the way to go for that special chilli moment.
Although I prefer mine a little thick, you can choose to make yours any way that fits your serving style and you are all done.
Five Sides For Your Chilli
1. Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread
Since chilli is usually made in a soupy form, (that is in most cases), it is watery in a way, which makes corn bread a good pair for it.
I like to make my cornbread quite thick and this recipe by Peanut butter and peppers is just it. You can choose to vary the thickness especially if your chilli also holds some texture.
2. Cauliflower with Turmeric
Okay, this might not be the number one choice in everyone’s mind but you must admit it is worth giving a try. If you can get a perfect recipe like the one from Brooklyn supper then I guarantee you will have the last laugh.
It has pictures for you to see exactly what to expect while cooking so you do not make any mistakes along the way and again, it’s vegetable, never too much of it.
3. Pumpkin Quesadilla
The first thing that comes to your mind when you think about quesadilla is definitely not pumpkin, there is always that impression that it can’t turn out right but that’s hardly the case.
Pumpkin quesadilla is one of the best quesadilla types you can have and it’s a good pair with chilli anytime any day.
If you are making a chilli that has some chicken or the turkey chilli, try serving it along with a slice of pumpkin quesadilla and have the whole table go mmmm with satisfaction, take a look at this recipe by Onceuponamairtime.
On The Final Note
Chilli is a dish that is expected to be hot or at least have a tingling sensation when eaten. That is not to say that you cannot combine other spices in it other than chilli peppers. Including chilli into your regular diet is also a good way to watch your weight. Here is a link to a cookbook on 30 Top Chilli Recipes you can try.
Also, there is no law that says you cannot include tomatoes in your chilli, so push aside all the debate about what should and should not be in a classic chilli dish, get your cooking thoughts alive and prepare whatever kind of chilli you can make up.
If you would like to keep me informed on any of the dishes we have talked about, I am a chat away.