How to  Thicken Chili: 5 Simple Methods

Got a pot of soupy chili and want it less runny? Don’t worry—there are ways to thicken it up. Here are 5 quick and easy methods to get your chili to the perfect consistency!

SIMMER & REDUCE How it works: Evaporates water to thicken the chili. Quick Instructions: Remove lid, simmer on low-medium heat for 20-30 mins.


ADD TOMATO PASTE How it works: Adds body without altering flavor. Quick Instructions: Stir in 2-3 tablespoons of tomato paste, simmer 10-15 mins.


ADD CHILI TOPPINGS  How it works: Toppings like cheese and sour cream melt into the chili, helping to thicken it up. Crackers help soak up the excess liquid.


MAKE A STARCH SLURRY How it works: It thickens the liquid. Quick Instructions: Mix 1 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp cold water, stir into chili, simmer a few minutes.


ADD CORNMEAL  How it works: Cornmeal absorbs liquid + adds body. Quick Instructions: Stir in 1-2 tablespoons of cornmeal, then simmer until you reach desired thickness.


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