So what makes a pot of chili different from another kind of soup or stew? Chili powder! And Ruth's first tip attacks just that. Chili powder can be old, stale stuff, so she suggests making your own with dried chiles. And, if you're still striving for chili perfection, try switching meat (Ruth likes bison) and replacing water with stock, beer or other flavorful liquids.
• Read More: How to Make a Better Chili from Ruth Reichl at Gilt Taste
What's your favorite tip for stellar chili?
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