How to Fix Too Much Vinegar in Chili

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How to Fix Too Much Vinegar in Chili
Remove overpowering vinegar taste from chilli (Jupiterimages/ Images)

An easy way to ruin chilli is by adding too much vinegar, a flavour that will overpower other ingredients. Even if you're making a spicy chilli, vinegar will stand out if you've added too much, an inconvenience if you've already spent a couple hours cooking. Thankfully there are easy ways to remedy the situation. Many cooks add other ingredients to balance the flavour, including extra tomatoes and brown sugar.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Canned tomatoes
  • Large stirring spoon
  • Brown sugar
  • Measuring cup
  • Sour cream

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  1. 1

    Add a can of tomatoes if your chilli tastes too strongly of vinegar. Mix tomatoes in with large stirring spoon and simmer chilli for 15 minutes.

  2. 2

    Add brown sugar to chilli. Pour brown sugar into a measuring cup and fill to 1/8 cup. Mix brown sugar in with large stirring spoon and simmer chilli for 15 minutes.

  3. 3

    Taste to ensure that the chilli has a good flavour. Repeat Steps 1 and/or 2 if the chilli still has too much vinegar. Remove chilli from stove and cool before serving.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a dollop of sour cream when serving chilli if it is too spicy or contains too much vinegar.

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