Fixing Chili With Too Much Salt?

March 7, 2005

A bowl of homemade chili.We over salted Chili and was wondering what to do. Any ideas?

John Barnwell



By Sandie (Guest Post)
March 8, 20059 found this helpful
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Add a small amount of sugar to counteract the excess salt. Begin with small amounts so you don't overdo it. Quit adding sugar when you no longer taste the saltiness but it has to be done with very small amounts so you can guage properly when to quit.

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March 8, 20053 found this helpful
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If you oversalt chili or soup or anything like that, take a couple potatoes, peel them, cut them in big chunks (that can be fished out later) and put them in the pot. They'll soak up the salt in no time. When all else fails - add a couple more cans of tomato sauce/paste, a can of beans and another pound of browned hamburger. Then you'll have enough to freeze.

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By Dave Monte (Guest Post)
February 12, 20066 found this helpful
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read above and used a large potato, cut up, and a little sugar at a time. Worked like a charm :)

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March 7, 20051 found this helpful

Sometimes if you add chunked up potatoes to soup they seem to absorb some of the salt. I don't know if this would work for chili, though.


You might just make another batch, this one without salt, and add it to the first one. Chili freezes beautifully.

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By ang (Guest Post)
March 8, 20052 found this helpful

Add lots of grated raw potatoes, and the juice of half a medium sized lemon. This will drastically reduce the saltiness of the chilli.

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By Linda (Guest Post)
March 8, 20051 found this helpful

How about serving it over spaghetti made with no salt?

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March 9, 20052 found this helpful

Next time, do not salt it at all and let the family add salt at the table!


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March 10, 20051 found this helpful

I find adding more tomato puree helps disguise the salt.

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By Barbie (Guest Post)
March 10, 20052 found this helpful

I have tried the potato cure and quite honestly it didn't do as much as claimed....I would simply make another batch and not salt it and mix them together and freeze the excess for another time...modification for over seasoned food seldom works unless you just add more of the same basics and eliminate the problem ingredient....

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By Patty (Guest Post)
April 9, 20081 found this helpful


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January 24, 20151 found this helpful

Don't use sugar. Changes the profile of the Chili.

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February 10, 20161 found this helpful

If you typically eat crackers with your chili, try eating unsalted crackers to counteract the saltiness in the chili.

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October 13, 20170 found this helpful

I had the same thing happen to me. Im from Cincinnati area. I decided to try lemon juice, this helped greatly. I could still taste the salt, I then went back to my roots even though I didnt make the recipe for Cincinnati Chili. I then added 1/2 crushed garlic& juice, 2 shakes of cinnamon & crashed red bell peppers & seeds. Cincinnati Chili is one people love or hate no in between. If anyone ever tries making a pot of it boil meat then place in a chopping device, meat should be extremly fine. You also need dark chocolate , cinnamon , garlic to name a few of ingredients theres a 11 needed to make some. Hope this helps someone else at some point

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May 31, 20180 found this helpful

Do you put potatoes and sugar while it is cooking/warming on stove or when it's done cooking

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September 26, 20190 found this helpful

Omg thank you thank you thank you!!! My chili was wayyyyyy to salty I thought I ruined the whole pot, a couple tsps later and its perfect?

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November 29, 20190 found this helpful

This happened to me when I made a big batch from scratch in a slow cooker, spending most of the day letting it simmer. I thought it needed more salt and i used pink salt putting in too much.


I went to the store bought a half pound of ground beef and a can of beans. Quickly cooked the meat added that and the beans, salt was no longer a problem

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April 25, 20200 found this helpful

Great idea. Used a pinch of brown sugar.

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October 1, 20230 found this helpful


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