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Old 11-07-2015, 09:26 PM   #1
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ISO Award Winning Chili

Looking for that special something that would turn really good chili to award willing chili. I have one a trophy for my white chili, and have been told by many that my read chili should have won. But I live in the U.P. of Michigan and have to deal with judges that don't really know what chili is supposed to taste like. So, with that in mind, I want to make a chili that tastes like really good chili, with beans, onions, coarse grind beef, peppers, chili powder, cumin, celery, tomato, and coriander. I usually put a bit of cocoa powder in it as well. But it has to have something unusual about it, something that will make it stand above the rest.

I even put Masa Harina in it to give it that taco flavor, albeit with subtlety. Any ideas are welcome.

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Old 11-07-2015, 11:57 PM   #2
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First off,
Leave out those beans. Don't go to fancy as the judges want chili with a little heat but not overpowering.
Also chili meat not ground beef.

I have never seen bean chili win an award.
I have attended many chili cookoffs.
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:36 AM   #3
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What is "chili meat"?
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Old 11-08-2015, 01:58 AM   #4
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"Chili meat" is beef ground coarse, not like hamburger for burgers, meatloaf or other uses. It has texture, always important for true chili. You can grind it yourself if you have the means to do that, but I agree with Cin, it can mean all the difference in really great Chili.
Down in these parts, real Chili never has beans.
Masa Harina is an excellent addition Chief!
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Old 11-08-2015, 02:16 AM   #5
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The Chief said that he used coarsely ground beef, so isn't that the same thing?
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Old 11-08-2015, 02:21 AM   #6
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Yes, it would be Taxi. I missed that.
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I'll have to mention that to Stirling the next time he makes chili. We do have a meat grinder.
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Old 11-08-2015, 03:58 AM   #8
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How about a chili pasty or some squeaky cheese curds stirred in just before serving!
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:58 AM   #9
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Since you mentioned cocoa powder, have you considered adding some mole sauce? I don't have any experience with it in chili, but I make a chicken dish in the slow cooker with it. I think it might add another level to the flavor of the chili. My SIL recently had the chicken in mole sauce for the first time and couldn't stop eating it. It comes in a 8 oz. (I think) jar in paste form.
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Old 11-08-2015, 09:31 AM   #10
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Chief, give the following a read. You may have already read it, but there are a number of suggestions (all of which I have not tried yet) that may lead you to your goal.
The Food Lab: Best Chili Ever

Good luck!
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