Friday, January 31, 2014

Chili Cookoff!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Doesn't everybody think they made the best chili in the world? I always did, but now Mr. L makes the chili and it's so close to mine (and best of all, I don't have to do the work) that I don't (and won't) complain.

At my last day job, they held a chili cook off as a winter team-building exercise.  What fun! It was one of the (very) few such events that actually worked. But the company that had the food-service contract caught wind of it and our boss got in trouble.  But she was resourceful and the next year she rented a pavilion at a local park and the competition had a second chance.  That was even better than the first year of competition (because a bunch of us brought desserts).

Sadly, corporate got even MORE corporate and that was the end of the chili competition.   : (

Cold weather is the best time of the year for chili.  We really don't follow a recipe.  Beans, ground beef, lots of cumin, chili powder, onions, tomatoes, and green peppers and toss them in the slow cooker.  We either have Italian bread or rolls with it.  Can you say mmm-mmm GOOD!?  We're thinking of having it on Super Bowl Sunday.

Care to share your recipe?  And what do you have with your chili, too?  And if you're not having chili on Sunday, what will you be having?

19 comments:

Shirley said...

I love chili but being single, I don't make it. I buy it by the can. I like it spicy with kidney beans. A grilled cheese sandwich and a cold beer goes with it, also lots of oyster crackers.

Jeannie. D. said...

We always have 7 layer dip, with refried beans, chili, guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, taco sauce. I also add shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and black sliced olives. I heat the beans and chili. It is awesome. Lots of chips and a favorite drink and we are good!

Anonymous said...

Mr. L often buys a can of chili to have for lunch. I sampled it the last time he did and was surprised to find it was pretty good. I wrote this post earlier in the week and told him about it. He made it for dinner on Wednesday. Mmm-mmm good!

Anonymous said...

My cousin used to make that -- I asked ( many times ) for the recipe, but she never shared it. I didn't know what it was called. Now that I do, I'll Google it. Thanks.

Jeannie D. said...

There are lots of different ways to do this one. Some people use ground beef with taco seasoning as the base. I layer mine in a deep dish pie plate. Mine is just one can of refried beans, 1 can of any kind of chili.with beans. Heated, and then add all of the other layers. Don't you just hate it when someone won't share a recipe. I think recipes are meant for sharing. Love the Cozy Chicks cookbook and your cookbook!

mary kennedy said...

A chili cook-off sounds wonderful!! I love home-made cornbread with chili. A neighbor down south used to make chili with cornbread at least once a week and invite me over for lunch. Good times!

NoraA said...

My brother is a "retired" Marine. I used to make his Three Alarm chili until I reached that age where the acid reflux made me turn in my fire proof gloves. Beef, sausage, beans, hot peppers, onions etc. and 3 hours simmering on the stove before tasting.

Aurian said...

Sounds good, it is not really a common dinner in Holland as far as I know. I do make some chili con carne once a year or so, ground beef, tomato sauce, brown beans, kidney beans, some canned corn, mushrooms, paprika and spices, but certainly not too hot.
Good when it is cold outside.

Shirley said...

I was a little surprised, also, but glad I found it.

Candace Davidson said...

I make mine with ground venison, black beans, chili beans, kidney beans, onions hot sauce, garlic powder and salt and pepper. No tomatoes of any kind.

Anonymous said...

I have not had good luck with cornbread -- but maybe because I've eaten it in the north. I once had fantastic blue cornbread in a brew pub. The next time I had it at a barbeque place and it was horrible. Maybe it's something only Southerners can make well.

Anonymous said...

Been there, done that. For about four years I couldn't eat anything with a tomato in it, but eventually my stomach got better. YAY -- I love tomatoes.

Anonymous said...

Oddly enough, one of the best chili I had was at the Portsmouth Dockyard (in England) on a jacket potato. OMG -- who knew the Brits made such good Chili?

Rachelle21 said...

There was a restaurant that put potato in their chili and that was so good. I sometimes put some of my baked potato in my Wendy's Chili. At home, we use ground beef, chili mix and beans. We put sour cream on top.

Dru said...

I don't like meat in my chili and I like it spicy and served over rice.

Prairiedog said...

Our Friends of the Library group here in Waterville, MN, has had 3 annual chili cook-offs, usually in Oct. or Nov. We do it in conjunction with a MN Vikings game, always in a bar/restaurant, and have always had a good turnout and made good money for the local library. We, as a group, pay the salary of the Saturday librarian, as the library system won't. We also provide books and other materials for the library. We're a small group but work hard and have fun. Just a little info, chili and books. Love yours!!

Susan L. said...

I usually use a pound of ground turkey, cooked and smooshed as small as I can make it, diced onions, either commercial chili seasoning or one I found on food.com, a can of tomatoes, a can or two of kidney beans, and a 12-oz'er of beer. We aren't having chili on Sunday, though. We are having homemade Chik-fil-a nuggets with dipping sauces, little sausages in barbecue sauce and rotel tomatoes, pico de gallo (made from Pioneer Woman's recipe), salsa, chips, and an ice cream sundae bar. When we do make chili (and it is on the regular recipe cycle) I usually do chili as the main dish one night, frito pie with the chili the next night, and chili dogs a third night. I, too, like canned chili, especially the Wolf brand with beans (It's a point of contention with my mom. If she's coming over for hot dogs I make the Wolf brand with beans for me and the LFam and Hormel with no beans for her). I like mine with crackers and sliced cheddar cheese (the sharper the better).

The Cozy Chicks said...

What a wonderful fundraiser. If your library would ever like Cozy Chicks bookmarks, we'd be happy to send them. (Just write to us at cozychicks @ gmail dot com )

Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful!