I'm participating in a chili cook-off on the 30th. It's a fundraiser sponsored by our church. I've taken chili to church functions before- although my chili has been deemed by some "not suitable to be served to Lutherans". I make my chili spicy!
I picked up the rules yesterday. And they say that I have to submit a recipe!! I don't use a recipe. It is never the same twice. But, I can give them an approximation. So, today I'm making a batch of chili and measuring what I put into it. Of course, I'll have to specify that these are home grown, home canned tomatoes: one quart of sauce, one quart of diced tomatoes; frozen diced hot peppers, a home-smoked dried chipotle, locally raised grass fed beef, red and black beans, onion, garlic and spices.
I have to submit at least 4 quarts of "competition chili" that will be judged on flavor, texture, consistency, spice/taste and aroma. There will be prizes for Best Overall, Most Original, Hottest, , Best Tasting, and Best Vegetarian. I was thinking about submitting a vegetarian chili but V wants me to add beef. The scoring is 50% from the judges, 50% popular vote. There will be up to 20 competitors. As of yesterday, we were up to 16.
Wish me luck.