Here are 10 ways to really boost the flavor of chili and stew.Season as you go. Include dried mushrooms. Stir in caramelized onions. Swap in roasted garlic. Simmer with whole spices. Up the umami with miso paste. Spice it up. Stir in a spoonful of fish sauce.
Taste it before you serve it Try adding soy sauce or Worcestershire for extra savory (or umami) flavor, a touch of honey or brown sugar for sweetness, lemon zest or vinegar for brightness or chili powder or smoked paprika for spice and depth.