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Fixing Burnt Chili?

December 1, 2019

How can you get the smell out of burnt chili?


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December 1, 20190 found this helpful
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Get another pot about the size of your original pot. Pour the chili into the replacement pot, not disturbing the bottom layer where the burnt chili is. You will get most, if not all, the burnt flavor out.

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My hubby is a chili cook off winner. He has burnt one or two test batches and he has tried to save them (for us not his entries) with a small amount of honey, tomato paste, and a liquid like beef broth or salsa or water.

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Start with a tablespoon of each to see if you notice a difference. If so, you can add small amounts more until it is better. If not, sadly most of the time it is beyond repair (for him).

He read that some people use peanut butter or unsweetened dark chocolate (baking chocolate) and sugar to get rid of the smell/burned taste, but he has severe allergies to both peanut butter and chocolate, so that is not an option for him.

Post back with an update.

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September 9, 2013

I was reheating a large pot of chili and got distracted by the kids. Now the chili tastes slightly burnt! Is there any way I can get rid of the burnt taste? Thanks!

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October 18, 20160 found this helpful

Scoop the top half of the chili into another pot. Definitely don't stir it as you want to leave as much burned material behind as possible. Then you can add in extra tomatoes or beans to dilute the burned taste. I have managed to salvage more than one pot of chili this way.

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If the burned flavor is very strong, you could also try adding cinnamon to counteract it. Vinegar is also said to be good for disguising a burned taste.

Good luck!

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January 23, 20210 found this helpful

I added peanut butter, vinegar and tomatoes. It seemed to work. Not my usual chili but not bad.

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