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Unread 09-08-2010, 04:58 PM   #1
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So I am entering my chili in a work chili competition and I was wondering if any of you had any secret ingredients or tips that is a "must" for that perfect fall chili batch. Any help will be appreciated. I was reading online at the International Chili Society website and notice that most of the winning recipes featured Tri-Tip...
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So I am entering my chili in a work chili competition and I was wondering if any of you had any secret ingredients or tips that is a "must" for that perfect fall chili batch. Any help will be appreciated. I was reading online at the International Chili Society website and notice that most of the winning recipes featured Tri-Tip...
The last time I gave someone a recipe for a bowl of red that does well down here, it didn't do so well in the NE.

My apologies to the cook in that case!
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If your comp is following ICS rules then that means no beans in the red, which is good.
I am partial to Gebhart's chile powder and have been known to toss in a can of Rotel, but that's just me.
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Add a pinch of cinnamon and about a teaspoon of rich cocoa. It adds a whole new level of flavor!



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A few coffee grounds don't hurt either.

Edit. But I don't make REAL chili. I use pintos.
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A few coffee grounds don't hurt either.

Edit. But I don't make REAL chili. I use pintos.
That is a great idea will have to try that next time. Chili season seems to be fast approaching up here in Canada Can't wait to have some good stews too!
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Not sure how accurate or how forthcoming these champion are with their recipes but it seems to me like a good start. The following link has the recipe from each years overall ICS chili champion since 1967


http://www.chilicookoff.com/Recipe/R...ipes.asp?Cat=1


2009 Maureen Barrett Maureen's Almost Famous Red Chili
2008 Georgia Weller Southern Chili Georgia Style
2007 Jerry Buma Boomas Revenge
2006 J.R. Knudson J.R.'s Rough and Ready Chili
2005 Doug Wilkey Dog Breath Chili
2004 Kathleen Hipskind Dago Reds Wop 'n Good Chili
2003 Bob Wetzel Bronco Bob's Chili
2002 Ron Burt Warning Shot Chili - Runs for Your Life
2001 George Swick Swick and Swick Chili
2000 Jim Weller Jim Weller's Macktown Chili
1999 Maud Swick Zanjero Red Chili
1998 Kathy LeGear 24 Karat Chili
1997 Steve Falkowski Gold Miners Chili
1996 Georgia Weller Southern Chili Georgia Style
1995 Norm Gaul A-H Reamer Chili Company
1994 Bill Ray Mountain Express Chili
1993 Cathy R. Wilkey Puppy's Breath Chili
1992 Ed Pierczynski Doc's Secret Remdy
1991 Randy Robinson Road Meat Chili
1990 David Valega Backdoor Chili
1989 Philip M. Walter Tarantula Jacks Thundering Herd Buffalo Tail Chili
1988 Kenton Stafford 7/8's CHILI
1987 Margo Knudson Margo's Chili
1986 Jim Beaty Sespe Creek Chili
1985 Carol & Dave Hancock Shotgun Willie Chili
1984 Dusty Hudspeth Bottom Of The Barrel Gang Ram Tough Chili
1983 Harold Timber Harold Timber World Champion Chili
1982 Bill Pfeiffer Los Venganza Del Almo
1981 Fred & Linda Drexel Butterfield Stage Line Chili
1980 Bill Pfeiffer Capitol Punishment
1979 Joe & Shirley Stewart Reno Red
1978 Laverne Harris Nevada Annies Champion Chili
1977 Jay Pennington Jay's Chili
1976 Rudy Valdez Rudy Valdez World Champion Chili
1975 Joe DeFrates Chilli Man Chilli
1974 Allegani Jani Schofield Allegani Jani's Chili
1973 Joe DeFrates Chilli Man Chilli
1972 Howard Winsor Howard Winsor World Champion Chili
1971 C.V. Wood C.V. Woods Worlds Championship Chili
1970 Wick Fowler 2 Alarm Chili
1969 C.V. Wood C.V. Woods Worlds Championship Chili
1968 Woody DeSilva Woody DeSilva's Champion Chili
1967 H. Allen Smith / Wick Fowler H. Allen Smith / Wick Fowler
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Divide your seasonings into three dumps: 1. near beginning of the cook, 2. about in the middle; last about 15 minutes before judging.
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Sorry, thought I was in the Jokes section.
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Sorry, thought I was in the Jokes section.
Well since you mentioned it have you ever heard this one?


Frank: "Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili
cook-off. The Judge #3 called in sick at the last moment and I happened
to be standing there at the judge's table asking for directions to the
Budweiser truck, when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted".

Here are the scorecards from the event:

Chili # 1 Mike's Maniac Mobster Monster Chili

Judge # 1 -- A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.
Judge # 2 -- Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.
Judge # 3 -- (Frank) Holy 電電, what the hell is this stuff? You
could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put
the flames out. I hope that's the worst one. These Texans are crazy.

Chili # 2 Arthur's Afterburner Chili

Judge # 1 -- Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang.
Judge # 2 -- Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken
seriously.
Judge # 3 -- Keep this out of the reach of children. I'm not sure
what I'm supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people
who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more
beer when they saw the look on my face.

Chili # 3 Fred's Famous Burn Down the Barn Chili

Judge # 1 -- Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick. Needs more beans.
Judge # 2 -- A bean less chili, a bit salty, good use of peppers.
Judge # 3 -- Call the EPA. I've located a uranium spill. My nose
feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by
now.
Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now
my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I'm getting 電電-faced
from all of the beer.

Chili # 4 Bubba's Black Magic

Judge # 1 -- Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.
Judge # 2 -- Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish
or other mild foods, not much of a chili.
Judge # 3 -- I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was
unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Sally, the
barmaid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. That 300-lb. bitch
is starting to look HOT...just like this nuclear waste I'm eating! Is
chili an aphrodisiac?

Chili # 5 Linda's Legal Lip Remover

Judge # 1 -- Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground,
adding considerable kick. Very impressive.
Judge # 2 -- Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must
admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.
Judge # 3 -- My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead
and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted and four people behind me
needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that
her chili had given me brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by
pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I'm burning
my lips off. It really pisses me off that the other judges asked me
to stop screaming. Screw those red necks.

Chili # 6 Vera's Very Vegetarian Variety

Judge # 1 -- Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of
spices and peppers.
Judge # 2 -- The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, and
garlic. Superb.
Judge #3-- I 電電 myself when I farted and I'm worried it will eat
through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except
that slut Sally. She must be kinkier than I thought. Can't feel my
lips anymore. I need to wipe my ass with a snow cone.

Chili # 7 Susan's Screaming Sensation Chili

Judge # 1 -- A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned
peppers.
Judge # 2 -- Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can
of chili peppers at the last moment. I should take note that I am
worried about Judge #3. He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is
cursing uncontrollably.
Judge # 3 -- You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I
wouldn't feel a thing. I've lost sight in one eye, and the world
sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with
chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava like
電電 to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they'll know what killed
me. I've decided to stop breathing, it's too painful. Screw it; I'm not
getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I'll just suck it in through
the 4-inch hole in my stomach.

Chili # 8 Tommy's Toe-Nail Curling Chili

Judge # 1 -- The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili. Not too
bold but spicy enough to declare its existence.
Judge # 2 -- This final entry is a good, balanced chili. Neither mild
nor hot. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when
Judge # 3 passed
out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure
if he's going to make it. Poor dude, wonder how he'd have reacted to
really hot chili?
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Or you could just say number 27.

That link to the ICS is interesting. I think I may give some of those recipes a try.
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Or you could just say number 27.

That link to the ICS is interesting. I think I may give some of those recipes a try.
You bet, and another good source is the Terlingua International.
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My favorite and only chili I actually make myself. Chili Verde. http://www.chilicookoff.com/Winner/W...ions.asp?Cat=2

Although I do prefer thirdeyes recipe
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Then, there's CASI:

http://www.chili.org/recipes.html

My Texas Red tastes a lot like Randy (and Renee) Moore's (2001 champ). However,
it frankly plays better in western LA and eastern TX. I prefer it with cut sirloin and
chuck, however I usually do a chuck grind as folks 'round here wouldn't know a good
Texas Red if it bit 'em on the......

Like BBQ sauce, chili is VERY regional. Cook what you know and like, being from your
area. If you were from TX, I'd say got gang busters for the ICS or CASI recipes.
Refer to Jorge's experience above.

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any chunks of anything other than meat): There's very little to absorb sodium. If
you were to make the same volume of chili as you would with vegetables and use
the same amount of sodium, it's been my experience that you end up with a big pot
of something that tastes like a salt lick. Be warned. Vegetables absorb sodium, in
a BIG way.
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