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How do you turn Spag Bol into chilli?

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MargueriteArgeneau Mon 06-Dec-10 23:38:57

Over the years I have repeatedly seen people advise others to "make a double batch of Spag Bol and turn the second half into chilli".

How? As far as I've ever known or cooked, once you're past the onion, beef and tomatoes the recipes veer off into completely differed directions. Are you just adding chili powder to spaghetti sauce?

lilolilmanchester Mon 06-Dec-10 23:40:51

well when we make chilli or bolognese, the recipes are pretty much the same. We just add chilli powder and kidney beans for a chilli..

stickersarecurrency Mon 06-Dec-10 23:42:52

The way I do it is add chilli at the frying-off stage, then kidney beans. Otherwise it's exactly the same sauce. I'm sure a load of Italians and Mexicans are spinning in graves etc but really, it's quite nice.

GrimmaTheNome Mon 06-Dec-10 23:43:17

I've not done it but I imagine chili powder and a can of kidney beans is close enough approximation for most family dinners.

I'd make a double batch of sp.bol and eat it as such or use some in lasagne.

thenightsky Mon 06-Dec-10 23:43:45

Made double spag bol tonight. Tomorrow it will be chilli by adding a very few dry chillis, chilli powder and a tin of kidney beans.

walkinginaWUKTERwonderland Mon 06-Dec-10 23:44:44

I find a bit of cumin with the chilli and kidney beans, really makes a difference. Also a chopped up pepper helps.

Monty27 Mon 06-Dec-10 23:47:17

But you can't turn spag bol into a chilli. They are different dishes. Chilli doesn't have herbs in it, it has chilli's and seasoning in it.

After frying off the onions garlic and meat, the similarity ends imo.

Somebody clever like aseriouslyblondemoment will be along soon to tell us how it goes. smile

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 06-Dec-10 23:49:48

I agree with monty. They are different.

I have celery with onions with a spag bol for instance. And with a chilli add cumin and ground cinammon at the onion stage, and more garlic.

What you coudl do is have 2 pans, a chopped onion in each and then add half the micne to each pan and proceed from there.

Just as easy I would say.

ja9 Mon 06-Dec-10 23:52:08

tin of kidney beans. cumin, chilli powder.

Monty27 Mon 06-Dec-10 23:52:39

I agree with Getorf.


ShittySnowyDays Mon 06-Dec-10 23:53:07

kidney beans

lilolilmanchester Mon 06-Dec-10 23:58:15

well, I guess it depends whether you want "truly authentic" chilli and spag bol, or a pragmatic approach to serving your family a slight variation on a theme without too much effort!

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 07-Dec-10 00:02:16

spag bol

tomato puree
red wine

mince or diced steak
hot paprika
chilli powder
kidney beans

Not similar really. So cook in 2 seperate pans. Not that I have ever done this (can't be arsed).

I would prob just cook twice as much spag bol and make a lasagne with what's left.


walkinginaWUKTERwonderland Tue 07-Dec-10 00:07:02

Kitchen alchemy. You CAN turn spag bol into chili. Not terribly authentic, but well enough to fill my crowd of grunts in a hurry.

Monty27 Tue 07-Dec-10 00:11:47

I did both at the same time once and it was a right pain. I put completely different stuff in them too aside form onions garlic meat and toms.

Agree with getorf with the lasagne or even just freeze leftovers and use it next week for another spag bol.

But no, chilli with spag bol stuff? Nooooo.


TheNextMrsClaus Tue 07-Dec-10 00:15:49

A tin of kidney beans and some chili powder and - shazam! Chili con carne!

Hey, I'm not Gordon Ramsay, it's good enough for me.

And I don't put any of that celery muck in my bolognaise. Food of the devil.

Monty27 Tue 07-Dec-10 00:19:06

Don't do celery either, but I do grate carrots and add chopped mushrooms to bol. (Then I would dim the lights when dc's were little so they wouldn't see it lol).

Monty27 Tue 07-Dec-10 00:20:11

App adding celery to bol/lasagne is authentic italian btw. smile

TheNextMrsClaus Tue 07-Dec-10 00:22:01

It's an authentic step too far, in my book. I repeat - celery is devil's food.

Monty27 Tue 07-Dec-10 00:22:18

A ex friend of mine sneaked anchovies into a chilli I was cooking once. Caaahhh! Now that is the work of the devil as far as I'm concerned. angry

MargueriteArgeneau Tue 07-Dec-10 00:26:06

I think I just have a fairly different idea of chili than the majority here. I'm not knocking your Spag Bol chili, if you love it then eat up! I was just curious what the process was.

stickersarecurrency Tue 07-Dec-10 00:31:22

You authentic types would have kittens if you saw what goes in mine sometimes ... Lentils, peppers, mushrooms, always carrots, paprika and even the odd courgette if I'm feeling so inclined.

TheNextMrsClaus Tue 07-Dec-10 00:31:28

I friend of mine puts chocolate and cinnamon in his chili con carne. Very tasty, but I hazard a guess that he doesn't start with bolognaise. <retch>

TheNextMrsClaus Tue 07-Dec-10 00:31:48

"A" friend, even....

stickersarecurrency Tue 07-Dec-10 00:32:36

I hasten to add that I am not one of those loons who puts tomato ketchup in their spag bol. That's plainly obscene.

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