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Old 11-08-2015, 11:50 PM   #21
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ISO Award Winning Chili

I'm enjoying these ideas. DH and I attended a chili cookoff a few years ago. We tasted and voted on a lot of chilies. DH did comment that he preferred mine to the ones in the competition. I had to agree with him. Problem is, I can never replicate my previous attempts. Did not care for the contest seafood chili entry, or the blow the top of your head off beef one. The entry we both agreed on ended up winning. It was pretty basic, and included beans.

I love beans in mine, as well as cocoa powder.

Pace Picante has an excellent chicken chili recipe. I think I've posted it here, will have to scrounge and find it. I add a lot of cilantro and extra beans, and mess with it.
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Old 11-10-2015, 11:35 AM   #22
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Steve, 18-th place is awesome. Simple fact that you were good enough to enter is already awesome.
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Old 11-10-2015, 11:52 AM   #23
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I appreciate everyone's input. There are some great ideas here that I will be incorporating. Since the theme of this year's chili cook-off is Mardi-Gras, I will be adding crayfish tails to my chili, to take it to maybe another level, and stay true to the theme.

I've found in the past that my chili had too rich a tomato flavor. I will tone down the tomato this year and use only diced and chopped-whole tomatoes, without adding any sauce, puree, or paste. The rest of the ingredients will be pretty standard for U.P. chili, except that I use more herbs and spices than most. And I have some Carolina Reapers and some Ghost peppers that I'll be adding to the hot batch, with Aneheim, Serano, and Poblano peppers added for the more pungent chili flavor, and Habeneros added for their sweetness. I have only GFS chili powder to work with, as do most of the contestants, so I have to be creative with the fresh chilies, and other flavors.

The mild won't contain the fiery peppers. I'm gonna put on my fishing hat, an old coat, and my huntin' boots and go as bayou-Bob and the Boy Scouts (no bayous in the U.P., just swamps), as the Boy Scouts are sponsoring me. I hope I have a few scouts who want to help cook and serve. After all, it's supposed to represent them.

Wish me luck.

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Old 11-10-2015, 01:03 PM   #25
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Yes, good luck.

What's "GFS chili"?
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:06 PM   #26
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Yes, good luck.

What's "GFS chili"?
Probably Gordon's Food Service.
Sounds like they are sponsoring the entire cookoff.
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:17 PM   #27
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Knock their socks off Chief!
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:25 PM   #28
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Consider crushing up a few dried shitake mushrooms and incorporating them into the cook - make sure they are in really small pieces and add them at the beginning. They will add amazing depth to the flavors and be a good compliment to the meat. The trick here is to use just enough to enhance but not so much as to be an identifiable flavor - try 1 mushroom per lb of meat.
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Old 11-10-2015, 05:15 PM   #29
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For Mardi Gras how about a New Orleans style red beans and rice.

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Old 11-11-2015, 12:32 AM   #30
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Probably Gordon's Food Service.
Sounds like they are sponsoring the entire cookoff.
Host is United Way
Sponsor - Boy Scouts of America
Stores used - Gordon Food Service, Walmart, Family Fare, Nevell's mini-mart (has best meat and butcher in town).

Thanks for the well wishes, and especially for the ideas.

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