Recently we entered our very first chili cook off competition. There were six others in the competition and hundreds of audience members tasting and voting on the different chilis. After all was said and done; however, we took the award for best chili in the audience vote.
To me this was a huge honor because there were somegreat competitors including an outstanding local caterer, the local rodeo association and several others who really, really put their best foot forward. After exchanging samples we wouldn't have minded losing to any of these people - their chili was outstanding. So here's the recipe that we used.