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Old 08-09-2007, 01:33 PM   #1
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Chili Cook-Off

There is a large chili cook-off between the place I work and several other businesses. I've been selected as the one to make the chili for our team. Does anyone have any knock-your-socks-off chili recipes??

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Old 08-09-2007, 02:37 PM   #2
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Try using the "search" feature. You will find more ideas than a barrel of monkeys!!

Good luck and enjoy!
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Old 08-10-2007, 07:55 AM   #3
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Old 08-10-2007, 08:17 AM   #4
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The ICS website is great. It has the recipes for award winning chilis. Of course, if you want beans in the chili you will have to wing that part. As I understand it the main categories for competition ban even a lowely kidney bean.
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Old 08-10-2007, 08:58 AM   #5
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Wow...lot's of great recipes on that site...with LOTS of ingredients. Anyone know what Tradewinds brand seasonings are and where to find them? It looks like a lot of the award winners use this seasoning.
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:51 PM   #6
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Well I have won a few cook offs with my chili. It isn't hard, although amounts aren't specific.. it's made by taste...

start with fine diced bacon or panchetta. Fry up enough to get a nice amount of fat/seasoning in a dutch oven. Into that place sirloin that has been cut up into cubes.

For a nice 1.5 lb sirloin(with ALL fat removed) brown until half done then add one nice diced onion and the same amount of various chili peppers.(about 3/4 cup) You can vary the types of peppers to the heat you want. More mild than hot peppers for mild, more hot for hot......I generally have at least 5 different types--NO Jalapeños!! or Scotch Bonnet's.. they have the wrong flavor...

Liberally sprinkle the meat, onions and peppers with chili powder.

When the meat, onions, peppers are done pour on about 1 cup of scotch whiskey DO NOT USE bourbon, it will not taste right. It really needs to be scotch--it can be fairly cheap scotch but not "bottom of the barrel". Stir and allow that to cook down into a nice sauce.

In a pot place your chili beans. I like 1/2 mild 1/2 hot. Add a nice amount of diced tomatoes(a can is fine). Bring that up to temperature. Add the meat mixture WITH the sauce in the dutch oven. Add one more cup scotch(no I am not kidding).

Add some juice from the jar of banana peppers, a few of the peppers too, some Worcestershire sauce and a few good dashes of your favorite hot sauce(optional).

Add tomato juice to bring it to the consistency you want. Let simmer for at least 15 minutes to cook the alcohol off.

There you go, Tasty steak/scotch chili...

I have done this on site at cook offs with a single burner propane stove. We did 7 gallons(9 lbs of steak).
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There is a large chili cook-off between the place I work and several other businesses. I've been selected as the one to make the chili for our team. Does anyone have any knock-your-socks-off chili recipes??
how funny, i'm also in a chili cookoff. i'm not cooking though, just organizing, getting the entrants, judges, etc. I would be interested to hear the results. mine isn't until 10/6 - so far we have 12 entries.

good luck to you! do you know the judging categories?
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Add tomato juice to bring it to the consistency you want. Let simmer for at least 15 minutes to cook the alcohol off.

Just FYI, hardly any alcohol will cook off in just 15 minutes. You need to simmer for hours to get most of it and then you can never get rid of it all.


IMO chili should have a minimum of tomatoes. Puree a bunch of toasted ancho chiles; use beer instead of water; add some unsweetened chocolate for a richer, deeper flavor.
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In 15 minutes of cook time (simmering in another liquid), you would get rid of about 60% of the alcohol.

There is a chart here compiled by the USDA showing times and retention.
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Old 09-20-2007, 08:10 PM   #10
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My plan is to make a good chili, and drink the 16 oz of Scotch while it's cooking. The chili will be delicious, and you will be very, very happy!
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