I've never had eggplant. Just not a food we really have in the house. I had no idea what it would taste like. I figured that since it was a chili, it would have a sort of mushy, stewed-veggie sort of texture.
Pre-mushy veggies. Eggplant doesn't look too offensive.
I couldn't finish my chili, but it wasn't because of the eggplant. I was right about the texture. If eggplant has a taste, I couldn't pick it out in the chili. I couldn't taste the zucchini or the carrots very much either. I'll have to try eggplant again. Maybe I'll try that Eggplant Parmesan I hear people talking about.
Post-mushy chili. Beans, beef, veggies, and deadly spices.
I couldn't finish my chili because it was too spicy. But I managed to eat about three fourths of my bowl before the cumin won! That's progress!