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    How do you make chili dark. .

    Do you need to use dark chili powder or dark beans. I've also heard some people add dark chocolate to there chili. I can't seem to get an answer to this question. A resturant/bar up in hillman, michigan has the best chili i have ever had. The hi-way inn. We cant seem to get them to tell us there secret. Thank you

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    Interesting question. I never thought it mattered. When I make it, it comes out just fine. Never thought of trying to color it nor have I ever thought it was off color. Hmmm
    I'd like to hear what others say too.
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    You could use a dark, beef stock (perhaps what you call broth) or make a pan gravy leaving the flour to darken more than you would for a roast dinner. Easiest, and most interesting, would be to add a can of best Guiness Stout. Beer rules!!!

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    Dark stout beer, cumin, coffee, caramelized beef and chocolate. All will add the darkness of some recipes.

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    I find that the next day it tends to have darkened on its own....I like a day old chili or two.

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    Same with Lasagne. I find any thing with a tomato base is better the next day.

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    Well, now; Monsigneur Big Dufuss; Ya'll - I have in my hand a bottle of ancho chili powder. It is very dark; almost black. So I have to ask; how are you with heavy spicing? Do you want your chili mild, medium, or no-holds-barred? I dipped my digit in this afore-mentioned bottle, and my tongue said 'Howdy, Ma'am!' Many times, you can improve the flavor of a pot of Big Red with some coffee, as others have mentioned, or some dark chocolate, as still others have mentioned. All very Texas and Mexico copascetic! Ya'll are makin' me hongry!!!!!!!!! Experiment; it is always interesting, and often quite delicious. Oh, did I forget to mention Aussie's fav - Guiness? Tripple ymmmmmm!!!

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