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Old 04-06-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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Chili Challenge

Here's the deal. The facility is having a chili cook off in June. I thought it would be fun to create a DC Chili that I will cook and present as my entry into the cook off.

It needs to be not too hot, we are not going for spice heat, a little heat is fine.

Can DC help me come up with a uniquely ours recipe?

Has to be beef, I'm not going out to shoot Bambi for a chili cook off...
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:49 PM   #2
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Has to be beef, I'm not going out to shoot Bambi for a chili cook off...
It is likely illegal to shoot Bambi anyways.. his mom on the other hand.. likely fair game if in season..

Beans on the side...
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:54 PM   #3
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It is likely illegal to shoot Bambi anyways.. his mom on the other hand.. likely fair game if in season..

Beans on the side...
Yes, beans on the side. Have to teach these Montana folks about chili with NO beans.

I could go over to Student Housing on Campus and see if the deer are around...
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:02 AM   #4
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I wish I could help but I am not a chili expert by any means. However I'm excited about this thread, wish you luck, & I'll bet I'll learn a lot from it. The only thing I know about chili is my best friends add some spices i think are a little different to their chili & it's always delicious. They add parsley, & cinnamon which may be common in other areas but here in my neck of the woods we use mainly chili powder & paprika & maybe some onion or onion powder, & possibly ketchup or tomatoes of some form. And that's it. Good luck & happy ingredient searching.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:10 AM   #5
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Just to float an idea: Ladybird Johnson's Pedernales River Chili recipe:




If nothing else it's interesting because of her status as First Lady, back in the year...

I particularly note the fresh onion and garlic, and tomatoes in the form of canned tomatoes.

And another idea:

One great (IMO) chili idea is to use masa harina (Mexican prepared corn dough made from treating corn/maize/hominy with a lime solution then dried, used for making tortillas, tamales, etc.) as a thickener. I don't know why this works so good but it does.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:14 AM   #6
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Oh, I'm looking for any suggestions. I'm hoping to build a community recipe for our chili, with input from as many folks as possible as possible.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:16 AM   #7
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Just to float an idea: Ladybird Johnson's Pedernales River Chili recipe:


If nothing else it's interesting because of her status as First Lady, back in the year...

I'm not looking for an established recipe. I would like us to make a community recipe for chili.
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:14 AM   #8
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Many moons ago, when I lived in Las Vegas, a buddy and I decided to enter an International Chili Society cook-off that was held at the Circus Circus. It was just on a whim that we decided to enter. We were cocky twenty-somethings and thought "how hard can this be?" So we bought a big stock pot and propane stove, read up on the rules (absolutely no beans or pasta is allowed), and made up a recipe on the spot.

Turns out it wasn't as easy as we thought. We were a couple of dumb kids goofing around, but there are people who take these competitions very seriously. One guy we talked to spent two years honing his recipe and basically driving from one competition to the next. I'm not sure if that takes dedication or just lunacy. He ended up taking fourth place I believe.

My buddy and I ended up in 27th place. Sounds dreadful, but it was out of 800 entries, so still in the top 5 percent.

Nothing really to offer by way of a recipe, but this thread just brought back a memory. And somewhere I still have an ICS apron.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:09 AM   #9
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For me, chili is not chili without beans! Big ol' red kidney beans.

My main suggestion thus far is to not forget the onions.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:50 AM   #10
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Years ago I was on a chili team and we submitted Hawaiian chili!

It was made with white beans, pineapple and spam! It was a real standout in a crowded field. We got an honorable mention after we bribed the judges with several drinks!

Just a thought!
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