Congratulations to Julia Edens for winning first place in our first Chili Cook Off!
Linda Pearse's Vegetarian Chili came in a close second. Both recipes are below.
Julia's 1st Place Prize Winning Chili:
2 16 oz cans Bush's Chili beans, either kidney or pinto (I use one of each)
2 16 oz cans Del Monte diced or stewed tomatoes
1 lb ground beef
1 10 oz can of Ro-Tel
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 of an onion
1/2 a bunch of cilantro
1 bell pepper, seeds removed
Garlic powder, salt and pepper, powdered oregano, and chili powder, all to taste
Brown the ground beef, add seasonings while browning. Chop all vegetables and sauté in a little olive oil. Combine beef and vegetables in a large pot, add beans, tomatoes and Ro-Tel. Simmer together on low heat for about 15 minutes, serve.
The secret ingredients are both the cilantro and the Ro-Tel. Beef with a higher fat content (80/20) gives the chili much more flavor. Also, adding seasonings to the meat while browning intensifies the flavors, rather than adding them to the final mixture. Enjoy!
Thank you to everyone for your votes!
Linda Pearse's Vegetarian Chili
Combine in a large pot:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 med onion chopped
1 carrot sliced
2 dried chilies with seeds ground
Cook until soft
Add 8 cups seasoned tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
4 cans beans 2 white, 2 black
3 cups cooked bulgar wheat with sausage seasoning
1 can corn
1 zucchini sliced and halved
1/2 cup jalapenos chopped
4 chopped chipotle chiles with adobo sauce
2 tablespoons chile powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoons oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
Simmer for two hours.