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$20000 Prize Winning Chili

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Rating: 4/5
14 reviews
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ready in: 2-5 hrs
serves/makes:   2 quarts

recipe id: 33293
cook method: stovetop
$20000 Prize Winning Chili Recipe
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2 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 pound lean ground pork
1 cup finely chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can (12 ounce size) beer
8 ounces tomato sauce
1 cup water
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons beef-flavor instant bouillon
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, to taste
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon cornmeal
1 tablespoon warm water


In large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown half the meat; pour off fat. Remove meat. Brown remaining meat; pour off all fat except 2 tablespoons. Add onion, garlic; cook and stir until tender. Add meat and remaining ingredients except flour, cornmeal and warm water. Mix well. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer covered 2 hours.

Stir together flour and cornmeal; add warm water. Mix well. Stir into chili mixture. Cook covered 20 minutes longer. Serve hot.

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588 calories, 43 grams fat, 11 grams carbohydrates, 37 grams protein per cup. This recipe is low in carbs.
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Plastic Chef

Wow people. Beans or no beans. If that is what throws you off entirely then you need to expand your pallets and experience more foods from different parts of the country and or world. Chili doesn't have to have beans

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Dec 8, 2001

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This chili has everything that I love in chili in it. Combo of meats, beer, chocolate, and of course, hot sauce. The coriander is a really unique touch and I think it really helps set this chili apart even further from regular old "boring" chili recipes.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Best Chili hands down! Everytime I make it, it gets rave reviews. The only thing I do different is that I add a can of (rinsed) kidney beans, because up here in Canada, chili lovers expect there to be beans in their chili! I've also served this in an edible bread 'bowl' ....YUM!!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I tried this recipe for a little kids' Halloween gathering this past weekend, and it was absolutely excellent. I didn't have everything, so I swapped out a little lovage for the coriander, some powdered cayenne for the paprika, and I did add a couple cans of beans. The cocoa and beer gave it a delicious, rich flavor. The kids loved it, the adults (who added some hot sauce as desired) loved it. I will definitely make this again.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This was the best chili I have ever tasted. After traveling the United States for the Marines, I tried it all...and this is it. Everyone I have served this to wanted to know what was in it and a copy of the recipe. I don't know about $20,000 but I give it an addaboy!!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I use this as a base for my chili..I personalize it with beans and tomatoes (and more sugar for my personal bowl). My husband and I both love it. Chili can be made a million different ways, even in my own house... I add the sugar and cheese on top, dh puts raw onions, sour cream, and cheese but this recipe is a great base for both of us.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This combination of ingredients cannot be bad. I too chose to try it because of the addition of cocoa. I've used that in chili before and really liked the difference it made. I scaled back just a little on everything because I used 1# beef and 1# turkey. I left out the beef and used water instead. I also added two cans of diced tomatoes and two cans of dark kidney beans. The negative comments are way, way off mark. Example: I've had great beer and less than great beer. That didn't necessarily make the less than great beer bad.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I just this morning wrote on my blog about people who have no business writing reviews. Chili is a very personal thing, we all like it different. I have several recipes that I use. The original Cincinatti Chili has no beans. I loved this because it has chocolate that really brings out the true chili flavors. If you want beans add them, don't talk about how bad it is if you're not willing to try something different. I have made this several times and always got rave reviews. Congratulations on your winning recipe.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I have used this recipe for years with our tailgates, etc. I love it. Most people hate beans in the chili so it works for me. You need to have garnishes for it and people will love it (cornbread, hot fresh sauteed jalepenos, shredded cheddar, tostitos scoop chips, sour cream). We LOVE it.

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REVIEW: 2 star recipe rating
I made this recipe exactly as printed. It was horrible. However I rescued it by adding a cup ketchup, 4 oz tomatoe sauce, 2 T br sugar, 1 can dice tomatoes,2 teas salt, 1 1/2 Table basil and 1 tsp cilantro and 1 bay leaf. Then it was delicious.

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REVIEW: 1 star recipe rating
The worst chili i ever made the 2 first reviews were right its taco bell meat sauce. Its so horrible i could not believe someone won with that chili. Thats how bad this was AND dont blame the cook , red flag when the recipe had no beans!!!!!!!!!!!

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
Whether or not chili has beans in it is a regional thing. You'll see great debates over whether to add beans or not!

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Member since:
Aug 21, 2007

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
This came out pretty good, except I found it odd there are no kidney beans in this recipe. My father informed me that Texas chili is made without the beans. Still, I added kidney beans, anyway. I also like my chili to have that CHILI flavor, so I added and extra tablespoon of chili powder. Also, I didn't have coriander, so I used sage instead. I am very new at cooking, and I chose sage, because it seemed like maybe it belonged in the same taste category. I also didn't have garlic cloves, so I used what we have - minced bottled garlic- I used 4 tablespoons. A few other things I did differently; Before the meat browned, I added the onions and garlic, because I believe that flavor needs to cook into the meat. I also used one tablespoon of tabasco sauce, because we like it a little more spicy. Also, I added the kidney beans one hour into cooking, so the flavor would simmer into them. I also browned all the meat together, and I didn't remove any of the fat, as I didn't see it necessary. I find that fat gives a little extra flavor and consistancy. This recipe called for only 8 ounces of tomatoe sauce, however, I didn't think that was enough. I used 24 ounces. The results is- there is no more. I didn't even get a chance to take a picture of it to post, like i usually do here - sorry about that. I gave this recipe a 4, because of my kidney beans thing. I also think it could have used a little more flavor. Perhaps the coriander made that much of a difference? I'm also thinking maybe the tomatoe sauce may have diluted the seasonings? Well, it went quick, so it couldn't have been that bad at all!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I won a contest with this recipe.

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REVIEW: 2 star recipe rating
I must agree with "slueya" that without some beans and diced tomatoes this recipe is below average at best...

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Oct 26, 2005

REVIEW: 2 star recipe rating
They got ripped off for $19,998. This chili looks and tasts like Taco Bell taco meat. I even added diced tomatoes and kidney beans. It was still below average. Do not recommend.

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