Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Calling All Chili-Heads: I Need Your Help

Thanks for the love yesterday concerning my monster eyes and even bigger monster doctor. I wasn't able to reply to you because I worked, cooked and attended a spring choral concert last night, but I appreciated every sympathetic guffaw and snort.


OK you zany chili aficionados, I need your creative ideas and even recipes.

Next Saturday, I'm in a chili cook-off at church to raise money for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Of course, I have no special recipe, and of course, I cannot cook.

But that's really neither here nor there, is it?? Because I'm "in it to win it," whatever it takes.

Well, if it's neither here nor there, then it must be with you. And it might take "borrowing" your recipe for me to win. Just think of it this as a cyber neighbor (me) ringing your bell and asking to borrow an egg, just like in the good old days.

For this contest, not only do contestants have to provide chili for 10 people in a crock pot by 5:00 pm, they have to name their chili and make a display. Yes, we will be judged on presentation, but not "presentation" in the Food Network sense. In the dumb sense.

So when I turned in my registration, I had to put "To Be Announced" for the name of my chili because I couldn't think of anything.

Here are some ideas, but keep this on the DL because I don't want anyone to steal my ideas. I don't think anyone from this particular group reads my blog except for maybe Deb at Like a Rose, whose husband is probably entering.

So, if you are of that certain group and are reading this blog, please look away now (or promise not to tip off your husband) because I have ways of tracing this visit back to you and coming into your home and ripping your software out of your computer like the Secret Police used to rip film out of 35 mm cameras in Tajikistan in 1977.

Idea 1: "Hotter Than George Chili" I could put up pics of both George Clooney AND Jorge Crow because they are both hot, you know. "Jorge the Hottie" is seen here playing basketball at Oneighty Sunday night.

Idea 2: A poster of Obama saying "Yes We Can!" with my addition: "Win this Chili Cook-off!" I could tape a spoon to his hand. No recipe to go with this one, but I can get the poster. I could certainly speak to the "audacity of hope" that I will win this competition, and since I'm thinking of doing a chicken chili, I can claim there is no PORK involved in this recipe. Get it? Economic stuff? Pork?

Idea 3: "Monterey Jack Bauer Chili" which is a play, of course on "24," which I happen to know is a favorite show of the judges. Problem is, although I have a recipe featuring Mont Jack, I can't find a poster of Jack Bauer in any store. I've looked. I don't think printing one out will render a good quality pic.

Idea 4: "Hotter than the Jonas' Brothers 'Burnin' Up'" Chili. I guess the Bros have a song called "Burnin' Up," according my college daughter.

Here's a sampling of the lyrics:

I'm slippin' into the lava
And I'm tryin' keep from goin' under
Baby, who turned the temperature hotter?
'Cause I'm burnin' up, burnin' up for you baby

I'm probably the last person in this country who had never seen the Jonas Brothers, so I had to Google a video to understand "the full Jonas."

Um, not too impressive, but it might make a good chili joke.

So please share with me your recipes and ideas, ASAP. If I win, my fellow Americans, my friends, I will spread the credit all around, but most importantly, I will share all of the chili love I have to give.


skoots1mom said...

2 cups diced onions
2 cups diced celery
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 lb. chicken, cooked and diced
8 cups water
1 bay leaf
1 (7 oz) can chopped green chilies
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/3 of a 7 oz can chipotle in adobo, chopped (optional for those that like more heat in their chili)
4 tablespoons chicken base
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
1 large jar (or 2 cans) of white beans
1/2 cup heavy cream
16 oz. sour cream

In a large stockpot, sauté onion, celery and garlic in oil until tender, about 5 minutes.
Add water, bay leaf, chilies, herbs, chipotle, chicken base and jalapeño and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.
Add drained beans and simmer for additional 1/2 hour.
During last 10 minutes add chicken and cream. Garnish with sour cream.

;) love me some George!! like the correlation with your Jorge...cute idea! Get Clinton to call George maybe he'll come taste your chili! Can't you see it, George1 giving out tastes on one end of the table and Jorge2 passing out sweet tea to calm down the heat from your chili & George1. Then, you would win!!

Mocha with Linda said...

It's obvious you live up north. Friday is the first day of spring, and y'all are still having chili cook-offs?

As for the recipe, I'm clueless.

Since this is the first time in, what 30 years?, that Indiana hasn't been in the NCAA tourney, you could do something like a March Madness chili and refer to (basket)balls of fire and weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Or not.

Shawna said...

I don't make chili, but I do have a few recipes. I am a huge fan of ground turkey. It's cheap, healthy, and delicious. My recipes are mostly from allrecipes.com, so I'd look there. It will save you $$ to go with turkey instead of chicken. Or you could do a vegetarian chili for a unique angle.

Ideas for Names:
Linda's Dilly Chili (as long as you put dill in it!)
Hilbilly Chili (get creative)
Pot O' Gold Chili (with a St. Patrick's Day theme and decorations)
Kill Bill Chili (Did you see that movie? "So hot it'll kill ya!")
April Fool's Chili (Don't be a fool; vote for me!)
Dr. Phil Chili (You could have a stack of funny "advice cards" on the table for people to pick up with their samples.)
Philly Cheese Steak Chili
Church Girl Chili
Cheesy Chili
Chili for Children (mild enough that kids will like it)
Chin-Up Chili (good enough to brighten any day)
Chips 'N' Chili or Cheesy Chips 'N' Chili (serve it with tortilla chips or Fritos instead of just putting it in a bowl...i.e., Frito Pie)
Cherub Chili (made by an angel)
Chatterbox Chili (it'll even make a man talk)
Linda's Chili-Chapter 1 (since it's your first time making it and you're a writer)

I can't believe I got so carried away with this. I hope you see something helpful!


Aunt LoLo said...

I will be back with a recipe, but...

THANK YOU for doing this. I lost my grandma to ALS last October, and it's...well, just thank you.

Shelby said...

I am sorry to say that I can't help you with a chili recipe as my cooking skills are less than stellar -- okay, they suck -- but thanks for starting off my morning with a pic of George! Man oh man does he age well!

Patrice said...

Our church did this last fall, rasing money for missions. As I am drawing a blank, I will say that a group did the Widzard of Oz Chili, I can't even remember the name they called it but they all dressed up as Dorthy, Lion, Tin Man and the Witch, very cute! That's it, I've got nothing besides that!!

Mel said...

Ok i have a chili recipe for you you can substitue chicken for beef...

1 green pepper diced
1 red onion diced
2 lbs of chicken/beef
1 clove of garlic

Drop in the frying pan and cook until the meat is done.

While doing that, get 2 packets of Chili-O mix (I believe French's makes it) in whatever heat level you want.

Put the Chili-O Mix in the crock pot along with 3 Cans of Diced tomatoes, 1 lg can of tomato sauce. Keep a small can of tomatoe paste in reserve. Also put in 3-4 cans of Dark Kidney Beans

Once the meat mixture is done add it to the Stuff in the Crock pot, put on low cook for 8 hours.

Once done you can top with sour cream, ny sharp cheddar, serve it with Tortilla Chips with lettuce and tomatoe like a taco Salad

As you can see i could never write a cook book...but this never fails to garner lots of yums, and it is freezable too.

I vote for the Jack Bauer named one cause you can use Mont. Jack cheese with this chili.

I have never seen the Jonas brothers either :)

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

"Hotter than George Clooney" is the winner hands down!

I never make the same pot of chili twice as I am a kinda search the pantry and dump kind of cook. I will pass on a few tips. Use beef broth or chicken stock instead of water for your base. Think of building your layers of flavor. If you are adding onions or any other kind of veggie, saute' them first in olive oil and season them as well, brown your meat off separately and season well before you put it in your chili. Be careful of the chipotle chilli's they can be very hot, the seeds of a chili are where the heat are, so if you want a more subtle flavor remove them. Rinse any canned beans completely before you use them, also if you decide to make a chicken chili I would consider cooking your chicken until just under done and season it well and set it aside until right before you serve the chili and then add it back in and let it heat through until cooked completely. If you cook it for a long time it tends to get dry and over cooked, very chewy (yuck!.

I'll look and see if I have any chili recipes that I can emil.

Maybe use the numbers 11, 12 and 13, Hotter than George Clooney 11 bean, 12 spices and 13 round of applause Chili"

Robin A.K.A Betty Crocker

My ADHD Me said...

2 tips...

A poster of The Red Hot Chili Peppers might work.

if not,

My favorite chili recipe....
1. Go to a gourmet grocery store (i.e. not Food Lion)
2. Go to the deli.
3. Buy a few quarts of their chili.
4. Put in large pan.
5. Simmer for a while.
6. Spritz face with H2O (a sure sign of slaving in the kitchen.
7. Put on an apron with the words World's Best Hot Chili.
8. Clear a spot on your mantle for the ribbon!

Beverlydru said...

I like the first two ideas. I think the Obama one would appeal to both male and female which may be important- depending on the gender of the judges. Clever! As far as a recipe... mine is just soso. I'm not very big on Chili. Your presentation will score more points anyway.

Mocha with Linda said...

Oh, yeah. I was up late enough that I read and commented last night. That always ruins my morning!

Susan said...

OK, I am going to be NO HELP in the chili dept. I can't cook...but I like your ideas for sure. I'm a bit torn between the "George Chili" and the "Jack Chili". I'm thinking since you know the judges like 24, that's the route I'd go.

I'm pulling for you!

Chatty Kelly said...

I still think if you do a Chicken chili you should call it Chili with Chicken AND Crow. That is just hysterical to my warped mind.

I like the Jonas Brothers too, but then I have a 9 yr old and can do the "hip hop" dance associated with the song. Oh yes I can. (She taught me).

Hotter than Jorge is too cute.

Good luck. I'm rootin' for ya!

The Bug said...

I love the Obama chili concept - no pork is great! I don't cook so I can't really help... I live in Cincinnati & we have our own special style of chili - probably NOT what you're looking for!

fransmomma said...

the obama idea is hilarious!
i have a chicken and black bean chili recipe that has won me 2 awards at 2 seperate chili cookoffs. i will give it to you later this afternoon--im on my way out the door right now.

Greg C said...

Here is my three bean three meat chili. You could call it magic bean chili or maybe democr... never mind.


Brown one lb ground chuck, one lb ground pork (the cheap stuff that comes in a roll) and one lb ground chicken or turkey.

When it is almost finished browing, add one cup corsely chopped onions , one cup diced green pepper, and some diced hot peppers (as many as you like, or about a cup for George chili)Also add one cup of diced cellery.

Lightly salt and pepper and also add a dash of garlic salt. Simmer for 15 minutes then drain off most of the grease. Leave just a little because I like it that way. :)Add three TBS of chili powder.

Add in two small cans of diced tomatoes and two small cans of tomato sauce. hey I am a man, just guess how much.

Then add one can of great northern beans, one can of light red kidney beans and one can of black beans. Cover and simmer on low for at least an hour stiring occasionally so as not to burn the bottom.

Feeds a whole passel of youngins. I don't know how many, just guess. If you run out, just stuff bread in their mouths.


Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

Could you print off pictures from scenes from 24 and make that little collage they always have at the end? The photos would be smaller and the quality wouldn't show as much. You could put in a picture of you stirring your crockpot!

Liz said...

I vote for the 'Yes We Can' theme! From past chili cook-off experience, of which I actually have none doing the cooking, only the eating, it seems that a really good traditional chili recipe usually wins the contest. Just a thought. Good Luck! Liz in NC

Pip said...

Checkerboard Chili is basically white chicken chili with some black beans added in. I once entered a chili cook off with Dragon Breath Chili chili heavy on the jalapenos.

If you go with the Jack Bauer Chili you have to say "I promise you..that this is the best chili you've ever eaten" (because he always says I promise you...
Good Luck!

RamblingMother said...

I have no recipe but if you really want it hot, leave out the beans. Oh and I love stewed tomatos in it and sour cream, just a thought. The Jonas bros are pretty corny though the pres poster with no pork would be a lie actually since he is full of it, pork I mean, heh.

JoAnn said...

Hi Linda,

Here's my version of the recipe for the Crockpot version of the Obama Family's Chili. It was originally posted on Stephanie's blog, along with John McCain's recipe for ribs (http://crockpot365.blogspot.com), but I've changed it a little because it was too bland:


1 can kidney beans
2 lbs lean ground meat
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
5-6 medium tomatoes, chopped (include seeds and all)
4 chopped cloves of garlic
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp basil
1 1/2 tsp turmeric
4 - 5 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 T red wine vinegar
1/4 C cornstarch
1/4 C water
Cooked white rice, if desired


You'll need a 5-6 qt Crockpot for the chili.

I increased all of the spices from Stephanie's recipe, because I doubled the amount of ground meat (we like more meat than beans). You can always make it spicier if you want to by adding more chili powder, or even a pinch of cayenne pepper!

First, brown the meat on the stove top, and drain well.

Chop up the tomatoes, garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Add to the crockpot. Open the can of beans, and pour them in undrained. Add the meat. Stir in all of the spices and the red wine vinegar. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 4-5. I cooked our chili on high for 3 hours and then on low for 3 more hours.

At the very end of the cooking time, dissolve the 1/4 C cornstarch in the 1/4 C water and add to the chili. Stir very well for a couple of minutes, until the cornstarch is distributed throughout and the chili has thickened slightly. This just gives it a nice texture. Cover and let it simmer on high for a few more minutes.

We serve it over white rice, as the Obamas apparently do. It's very tasty as well as being full of veggies! My toddlers love it. Great meal for a cold winter's night.


Anonymous said...

What a great event! My chili isn't too hot, so it won't convince the judges to choose ya, but I love the 2 Georges title. And I've never made a chicken chili, so.... Question...are all these recipes gonna stay secrets to the general public, or are they going to be made available to all?? I suppose sharing them would put an end to the 2nd annual chili cook-off, huh? :-) Gotta say, Shawna(above), did you think up all those great names, or flip thru a chili cookbook? Great ideas. Linda, you go girl...WIN this, for all of us out here...no pressure...KDE

Renna said...

Though I reign from chili country (Texas), where the hotter, the better, I don't have a personal recipe. I just sort of slop things in the pot.

I would like to give my vote for the "Hotter than George" chili title, though. Any excuse to plaster George's pretty face on the wall works for me. ;-)

fransmomma said...

my 2 award winning chili!!
not spicy, although if you wanted it to be, just add chili powder or extra hot pepper sauce.

Chicken and Black Bean Chili
1 tbsp veg. oil
1 med onion, chopped
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into strips (i cook mine in the crock pot in some chicken stock the day before so it falls apart. soooo good!!!)
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (4oz) diced green chilies
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 pkg chili seasoning (i use Lawry's)
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

heat oil in large pot. add onion and cook till translucent. add all remaining ingredients except cilantro. bring to boil over med-high heat; reduce to low and simmer, uncovered half an hour, stirring occasionally. stir in cilantro.
makes about 6 cups. i double the recipe for cook-offs.
serve with sour cream, tortilla chips and avocado.
you could use 1 & 1/2 lbs cooked ground turkey or chicken if you wanted to go that route. i've never done it that way though.

let me know if you use it!
its great becuause its different than 'just chili'. i'm telling ya, you'll have people talking with this one!

Susanne said...

This sounds like so much fun. I'll send you a couple of white chili recipes. Let me know if you want a more traditional kind. I can send that too.

{Jodie} said...

I don't have a recipe, but I will vote for Idea #2. Regardless of taste, you will win based on propaganda. And we ALL know that matters more than the truth... or in your case, the taste.

Although I am confident, if you "borrow" someone else's recipe, it might even taste okay. :)

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

My thoughts-

1. I'd go with the Obama one - I like the Clooney one best but not sure this group will truly appreciate it- their more of the Leonardo Decaprio crowd.

2. Good news! Hubby will not be entering as we already had plans and will be gone that evening. We're really sorry to be missing it. He has offered tips and training if you want them though! Just call.

3. Go the sneaky route - Use a Mexican theme and take the awesome Tortilla Soup and call it Mexican Chili or Mexichili.

Heather of the EO said...

Those names are so funny and creative, you don't need any help. And my cooking skills? Not great. When I make chili, it's "dump chili" wherein I dump all kinds of things in the pot and call it chili. Neither the name or the "recipe" are good for your competition. Dump Chili...no, not good.

Cheryl said...

I have cooked chili in the past but lately my chili skillz consist of opening a can of Hormel and added diced tomatoes and that sure won't win any cook off!

YOu have to go with the Obama chili....no pork...that cracked me up!!!
"Chili you can believe in!"

Esthermay said...

Obviously, I can add nothing new here.
I've never even heard of Idea #4.
However, the secret ingredient of my grandmother's chili was always peanut butter.
that's all I got.
Happy Tuesday.
P.S. I "get" it.

Chel said...

Linda, this is going to be funny but I have never noticed your music at the bottom because I always have my computer muted. duh! I love your choices!!! Anyway, have fun with your chili cook off!!! I wish I had a recipe my chili comes in an envelope marked McCormick!! lol

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Okay, first: I love SkootsMom1's idea. George Clooney.

Second: I have another White Chicken Chili recipe that's a little easier:

3 cans great northern beans
boneless chicken, cut into bite size pieces
2 (4 oz.) cans diced green chilies (these are not hot...you need to add something (jalapenos) if you do want it hot)
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
large onion, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
16 oz. sour cream
1 block monterey jack cheese, shredded

In frying pan, saute chicken, onion, green chilies, cumin, oregano and garlic.

In large dutch oven, combine chicken broth and beans, and add chicken mixture. Let simmer for 1 hour. Add sour cream and cheese. Stir until creamy. I like to serve this over fritos.

Third: DO NOT try the peanut butter. You would have to be very skilled (and twisted) to try a trick like that.

Fourth: Did I mention already? Hotter than George Clooney...and the other guy, too. :-) You can't lose!

Shawna said...

Yes, KDE. I sat there in the wee hours of the morning coming up with a ridiculous number of names for chili. What is wrong with me? It doesn't sound like Linda was even able to read them. :)