Ways to Make Chili Less Spicy

Counteract spice with special ingredients
Counteract spice with special ingredients (Image: Robyn Mackenzie/iStock/Getty Images)

Mixing up a batch of chili remains one of the easiest ways to feed a large household during the cold winter months. However, it can be a challenge to get the level of spice just right when trying to accommodate different tastes. If you've accidentally added too much heat, have no fear -- there are numerous ways to dilute the spice.

Dairy Products

Adding a dollop of chilled sour cream will instantly sooth the spice of the chili for those with a more sensitive palate. Dairy products such as sour cream contain a powerful compound called casein which helps to counteract the substance in chili peppers which make your taste buds sting. Sprinkling your chili with shredded cheese will also help to hinder the spice.


Introducing starch to the mix will also help to ease the burn of your chili peppers. Pour your chili mixture into a slow cooker or crockpot and add a few cups of white or brown rice. Cook on high for around two hours to ease the heat of your chili and add an additional layer of flavor. You can also counteract the heat of your chili by adding boiled red potatoes.

Sugar and Citrus

Adding a few tablespoons of brown sugar will increase the depth of flavor in your chili while also easing the spice of the chilies. The acidic flavor of citrus fruits such as lemon, lime and pineapple juice will help to make your chili less spicy as well. Add these fruit juices gradually while simmering the chili to ensure the flavor remains balanced.

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