Chili\'s New Chili Recipe

Posted on: Sat, 12/23/2006 - 2:08am
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I just wanted to let everyone know that Chili's Restaurants are rolling out a new chili recipe that contains peanut butter. It will be going into effect very soon.

Posted on: Sat, 12/23/2006 - 2:26am
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How did you become aware of this? Is it throughout the chain? Are we talking January?
And if this is real, why would they be doing this????? Ugh.

Posted on: Sat, 12/23/2006 - 6:21am
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speaking of Chilis...
I've always wondered what the peanutty item is that goes into their deep fryer? They say on their website for PA folks to NOT get any fried items b/c it's shared with peanut items that are fried. However, any Chili's I've ever gone to, there aren't any peanutty items in the fryers (I've asked at length)
Anyone?
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Sat, 12/23/2006 - 7:32am
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DH is a manager at Chili's, and they got the rollout info Thursday. They are doing it because the chili is not a great selling item, and they are using some recipe that was the winner at some huge chili cookoff. That's all I know...He sent me a text as soon as he received the info.
I will ask him when exactly it is going into effect, but I am sure that it will be January or before.

Posted on: Sat, 12/23/2006 - 8:31am
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I hope they highlight the new ingredient on their menu. When I was in college a woman a year behind me ate the chili at a local restaurant that had PB as a secret ingredient and died. It was such a tragedy. It really saddens me that apparently nothing was learned in the restaurant industry from her death.
--Debbie

Posted on: Sat, 12/23/2006 - 12:24pm
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is there any chance they are rolling this out in certain areas early?
the reason i ask is that we were at chili's last week and my dh (who is NOT that sensitive to smells of any type) said to me that he smelled peanut butter; i smelled it as well. the restaurant wasn't that crowded and we couldn't see any child that might have brought PB into the restaurant.
now that i see this, i am wondering if they were possibly testing the new recipe.
hmm....

Posted on: Sat, 12/23/2006 - 12:51pm
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Quote:Originally posted by baer5:
[b]DH is a manager at Chili's, and they got the rollout info Thursday. They are doing it because the chili is not a great selling item, and they are using some recipe that was the winner at some huge chili cookoff. That's all I know...He sent me a text as soon as he received the info.
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Well, if that's where they get their recipe then next year I'll be sure to enter my own recipe at Terlingua (HUGE, most famous chili cookoff place in Texas. The mayor is [or at least was] a goat that drinks beer.).
Hmmmph. I always felt Chilis to be safe--and it's just about the only place I know of around here where I can eat something off the grill with my shellfish allergy. Now I don't know if I'll think it's safe enough for my family.
Protest campaign, anyone?

Posted on: Tue, 12/26/2006 - 2:30pm
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My protest will not be so much a campaign, but I will not be going there any longer. What else will they add PB to for thickening purposes---maybe the chef will try to be a bit more creative...regardless, I'm not going there. It isn't our favorite restaurant anyway, but it is now on my NO list with Texas Roadhouse (which is much worse for peanut allergic), Thai, and Chinese restaurants.
The tables will be covered with peanut residue from all of the chili drips. The quick wipe down I watch occur in restaurants definitely will not remove the residue.
Thanks for the heads up---
NicoleinNH

Posted on: Wed, 12/27/2006 - 12:22pm
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you know --- I think that peanut-free soybutter would do the nice thickening they are looking for from the pb, and also have that "what is that?" mystery flavor.
I recently had chili matter of fact where I substituted soybutter in for the pb in the recipe...noone could tell...and matter of fact one of my friends lunged at me to "drop that bowl!" b/c she tasted it and """tasted pb""" and didn't know I was the one who made it!
Someone should email them that suggestion...
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 12:57am
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Here's a link to their guest relations site. You can let your voice be heard here:
[url="http://www.brinker.com/contact/comments.asp"]http://www.brinker.com/contact/comments.asp[/url]
This would adversely affect my family. DS, who is vegetarian, can eat well at Chili's, and they'll do special things for him like create him a spinach quesadilla. I can eat grilled things at Chili's, and I simply cannot at any other restaurant in town with my shellfish allergy.
It's the only restaurant in our neighborhood we can eat safely at. All other restaurants are 15-20 minutes away from us.
I doubt they'll listen, but I couldn't idly stand by either.

Posted on: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 1:41am
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Just wanted to say that I sent them an e-mail detailing my concern about the peanut butter in the chili. We are so disappointed, as our kids LOVE going here. In fact, we took what will probably be our "last" trip their last night for dinner.
My other concern is for PA people who eat there, and do not know about the change. I noted that in my e-mail. That it needs to be on the menu that PB is now an ingredient. I know that it is up to us to ask each time, but I know for a fact that I do not always ask.....bad me, but true!!
So hopefully they will at least think about it for a minute. Because we really do love eating there!

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