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The Best Type Of Meat To Use For Chili
By Nick Johnson
A classic chili recipe calls for slow-cooking ingredients like a meat component, beans, chopped onions, tomatoes, and other veggies, as well as a spice blend of black pepper, salt, garlic powder, cumin, and chili powder, or fresh chilis. While everyone has their opinions regarding the correct composition of chili, choosing the best meat for the dish depends on the variety of chili you want to make.
If you're opting for a classic beef chili, US Wellness Meats recommends incorporating 80/20 (80% muscle, 20% fat) ground beef, as it is relatively inexpensive and pre-tenderized. They also recommend using ground sirloin for a richer flavor and a chewier texture.
As for chicken chili, one Reddit user includes chicken breast in their white chicken chili recipe. However, in the same Reddit thread, another user opines, "Skinless and boneless chicken thighs in any slow cooker recipe is a good winner as it doesn't dry out like chicken breasts."