I made my first Chili on Sunday and it won 1st place in the 2012 4th Annual McEver Woods Chili Cook-Off. Yes, there were only 4 other entries but I’m still proud of my Chili.
For posterity, and because some friends of mine asked; here is the award winning chili recipe. But first, a little background. Since I hate the beans in most chili, I decided to make a no beans chili. I didn’t find out until the next day that “real chili” (especially Texas Chili) has no beans in it (this was from Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory so I knew it had to be true (since he’s a know-it-all and never wrong…and yes, he’s my hero)).
Since I’ve never made Chili before, I needed to do some research as to what one should put in Chili, so I headed off to the Internet and Googled “Chili No Beans” for starters. Quickly I realized that every Chili was different and you could put just about anything in it that you wanted to. I knew I wanted my chili to taste a little bit like my favorite Thai dish, Orange Chili Chicken; but I knew that it was going to be meat-based and wasn’t sure the Orange would go well with that. I found one recipe with beer in it and another one mentioned Tequila I think, so I knew since booze was allowed as an ingredient, I would put some in.
In short, I decided on a 3-meat chili and either Mango or Orange would be part of it (and I knew I’d be using multi-colored peppers). So, off I went to Publixs to get the ingredients.
Cassavaugh’s Crazy 3-Meat Chili Recipe
Done – Serves between 8-12 people. I like mine on an open hamburger bun.
If anyone tries it out…please let me know how it came out.