Foodie Friday – Competition Chili!

foodiefridaylogo2Recently Buckeye Honda competed in the 1st Annual Chili Cook Off at the Fairfield County Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Did you know that there is actually a competition chili cook off circuit? With rules and everything?  The competition we were in was not an “officially sanctioned event” but some of the other competitors were 30 year veterans of the circuit.  With this being our first competition we were really happy with the outcome, we did really well in people’s choice category and had a lot of nice comments and almost the top prize.  Our chili won’ ever win a sanctioned event because we use fresh vegetables (a big no no in competition).

We will be tweaking the recipe over the next year in an attempt to bring home the win but for now we will share what we did last year.  If you have an opportunity to give it a try we would love to hear how it turns out for you.  We think it is pretty darn good!

What You Need:

7 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 medium white onions, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped – Going to try a Poblano or Anaheim pepper next time for a little more heat.
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1/2 bottle of beer – depending on what you use the overall flavor will change… we plan to tweak this a little.
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (24-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (24-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice

  • In a skillet or heavy dutch oven or pan cook the bacon until slightly crispy and brown
  • Once the bacon is ready do not drain and then add in all of the spices, peppers, onions and garlic. Stir occasionally until the veggies are tender.
  • Add the Beef and break it up with a large spoon, once the beef is browned add in the pork and do the same
  • Now add the beans and the beer and mix it up.
  • Next add the tomatoes
  • Turn the heat down and let it simmer for about 2 hours.
  • Taste in the last 30-45 minutes and adjust with salt, pepper and other spices.

We served ours with bread and cheddar cheese.  You can also try sour cream, limes, sliced scallions, crackers.  – All by the way are not allowed during official chili cook offs.



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