cooking substitutes


Question by  auntieem (1)

Can I substitute corn starch for tapioca in a chili recipe, if the recipe calls for two tablespoons of tapioca.


Answer by  amiv (249)

Yes, and use the same amount. Mix the corn starch with an equal amount of cold water before whisking it into hot liquid. The substitution only works if you're not planning to freeze the chili. Unlike tapioca, corn starch will separate when frozen. Also, be sure to cook the chili thoroughly to avoid a starchy taste.


Answer by  traumatised (3285)

Yes, it will do in a pinch - and you should put in about half as much (in this case, 1 tbsp). It will not give you entirely the same result; cornstarch breaks down and may separate if it is frozen or cooked for a long time. If you have arrowroot, it might be a better choice.


Answer by  agent911 (8)

Yes you can, the corn starch will thicken your chili recipe,and I am 100 percent sure that is all the tapioca would do also. it will help if you mix your corn starch with a small amount of cold water before adding it to the mix. the mix should be boiling when you add the cornstarch.


Answer by  holdengal (693)

Yes, you can substitute in the corn starch since it acts as a thickener just like tapioca. However, I don't know if you should use them in equal ratios. Add enough corn starch until you get to your desired thickness, which might be more or less than 2 tablespoons.

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