Chili Cook Off

American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off

Team Press Register 2009
Today is the 21st Annual Chili Cook-Off in Bienville Square, downtown Mobile. The charity event features a fun-filled day of food and entertainment where chili teams will cook up the best chili in town and compete for bragging rights for 2010. There are four categories – all meat, vegetarian, wild game and meat with beans.

Last year, over 20,000 chili testers attended the event sampling from 126 cooking teams and raised over $250.000 for local patient support programs and for fighting the disease. The defending champs, Team Press-Register, is among more that 125 teams already signed up and they will once again go for a win in the meat and bean category. Their Entirely Adequate Chili now has a longer title and is the feature recipe for today.

The recipe below makes about 15 gallons, more than enough for home use. The recipe is also broken down for about 10 servings as shown in brackets, measurements are approximate.

Award Winning Entirely Adequate Chile
    Award Winning Chili
35 pounds ground chuck [1 1/2 pounds]
5 or 6 large onions, chopped [1 medium]
5 or 6 large bell peppers, chopped [1 medium]
5 heads of garlic, minced [3 or 4 cloves]
2 bunches celery, chopped [2 or 3 ribs]
5 or 5 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped [1 small]
3/4 cup of sugar [1/2 tablespoon]
3 #10 cans chopped tomatoes [1-14.5 oz can]
2 #10 cans tomato sauce [1-8oz can]
2 to 3 beers (Dixie, Pabst, any cheap beer) [about 1/4 cup]
2 to 3 cups chili powder [3 to 4 tablespoons]
1 to 2 cups ground cumin [1 to 2 tablespoons]
1 #10 can navy beans [about 4 oz]
1 #10 can black beans [about 4 oz]
1 #10 can light red kidney beans [about 4 oz]
Cayenne pepper to taste
Salt and black pepper to taste
    Brown beef in a cast-iron skilled or Dutch oven. Heat a little oil in another iron skillet or pot and sauté vegetables (except garlic) until the onions are clear, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute or so being careful not to burn it.

    After the meat is brown (drain) and dump it into a large pot. They use a 100-quart seafood boiling pot. Add remaining ingredients except for the beans. Bring to a low boil and cook uncovered for as long as possible. The longer the better and 3 hours is fine. Stir frequently throughout the cooking time using a long-handled paddle.

    About an hour before serving, add the beans and continue to cook, stirring more frequently. Check seasonings and adjust if needed.


    1. This is a wonderful warm and generous post of human compassion! We have the same cook off here every year, the local fire department has a chili cookoff for Cancer,I have up till now only been a tastette tester!. I cant tell you how many aweful Chili's I've tasted. This one would kick everyone's butt for sure and for a great cause and this thanks for the large quanities, its never easy to figure it! Alos havent seen the pabst beer in years! The guys will love this!

    2. A wonderful cause and a solid chili (anything that has 5 heads of garlic in it can't be bad). What a great way to raise money and amke new friends. Kudos, Drick!

    3. Now that looks like one hearty chili. What a fun event. How did it go?

    4. Oh my goodness, I think award winning is an understatement! This is great!! And you can't go wrong with jalapenos in chili!

    5. That chili looks and sounds amazing! I just love chili its one of my favorite dishes!

    6. I love that they have a vegetarian category. Bravo, Mobile!

    7. A wonderful cause and this award-winning chili sounds so very good! Wow, 15 gallons!

    8. That chili looks so hearty and warm. I still want to have a bowl even in this warm weather.

    9. Beers, chillies all in one dish sounds wicked. It will be great if I can go to one of these events. Sounds really interesting.


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