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Pampered Chef: White Chicken Chili Questions

  1. AmaraJ

    AmaraJ Member

    Okay, for those of you that have made this, I'd love some feedback...we just made it last night and it was delish, but I thought it was way too spicy for a show, so I have a couple questions.

    I used 2 smallish poblano peppers. I'm considering using 1 poblano and 1 green pepper for the show...do you think it would alter the taste much? Do poblanos really pack that much heat?

    And...I used my own taco seasoning mix for my test round. The only heat that was added to the seasoning was 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes. I just received the SW Seasoning yesterday, so will use that at the show, but can someone tell me if that has much spice in it?

    I guess I just don't want it to be to much for the guests and I know some people can handle no amount of spice in their food.

    Sep 6, 2008
  2. AmaraJ

    AmaraJ Member

    Well, I just found another thread on this, so if you answered on that, you don't have to on this one! Sometimes, I don't have the patience to browse through all the great info on here.

    I guess I would like to know if anyone used a regular green pepper and if it tasted too strong or not?
    Sep 6, 2008
  3. lissahope26

    lissahope26 Member

    I would use half of the poblano pepper. I found it to be a bit spicy too.
    Sep 6, 2008
  4. Teresa Lynn

    Teresa Lynn Legacy Member Gold Member

    did you all think the masher mashed the garlic enough? I used my garlic press as well very messy not sure I'd do it as a demo
    Sep 6, 2008
  5. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

    The heat of your salsa will also have a big impact. If you get an "authentic" brand from the Latino section, get mild. If you get one from the "gringo" section of the store (with the Old El Paso or ChiChi's brand...), you can get medium and it should be safe. I've also made it with 1 poblano instead of 2 and it was much cooler. Be careful, too, about getting a pepper that's actually a poblano. The Meijer near me has had other peppers marked as Poblanos the last couple of times I've gone in.
    Sep 6, 2008
  6. AmaraJ

    AmaraJ Member

    I actually don't have the masher called for in the recipe, and honestly, I don't remember what I used for the garlic...maybe just a fork. After the garlic cooled, I did put it back in the micro for another 2 minutes because it wasn't nearly soft enough. I'm used to baking it for almost an hour in the oven and it is pretty much like mush by that point. So...I also know that i left the pieces of garlic fairly large - some about the size of the beans. After cooking it so long, it will loose it's intense garlic flavor and be extremely mellow.

    Next time, I think I might kind of mash up one can of beans and leave the other can whole...maybe make it a little creamier.

    I wish I had time to try out a bunch of salsa. I love green salsa, but at our house, we usually get red, so I'm not as familiar with the brands. The one I did get was mild, but in the Ethnic section. Good idea going with a run of the mill brand, though - I'll probably do that!
    Sep 6, 2008
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