This is my first "traditional" red chili that I created & made for the World Food Championship chili competition. It is a thick chili, made with love, blazin' with some heat and spiced up with layers of flavor that blend together well. I had a lot of fun going to Las Vegas & representing Just a Pinch. Such an honor to meet Dan & Janet who were so helpful and I am thankful for them both. It is most certainly the highlight of my year and a blessing to be able to have went. Most of all, I thank my husband Anthony for letting me go away for a week & participate is such an exciting event!
Cook your meats up in a pan then drain off the grease. Chop up your peppers and pour them into a large pot. Add your beef broth, water, cooked meats and place on stove over a medium heat. Add your first set of seasonings and then in about 1/2 hour add your chicken bouillon cube. Also add your arbol peppers in the herb infuser right down inside the pot of cooking chili.
(This is my suitcase of seasonings I used in the World Food Championships. Each morning packing up all my spices & goodies for the chili cook-off.)
HERB INFUSER: This is what I used to put my arbol chile peppers in and then placed down inside the chili. Brings a nice heat but not too much.
After an hour or so, add your 2nd set of seasonings to your chili and stir well. Continue to cook on a medium heat.
(You want your chili to always be at least 130 degrees. Mine was cooking at 160-180 degrees for most of the time.)
---This is my table getting set up for the cook-off in Las Vegas, Nevada at the World Food Championship 2013.
About 2 1/2 hours into cooking your chili add your 3rd batch of seasonings to your pot and stir well. (If chili is too thick for your liking add a little water at this time.)
Cook for an hour or two longer and your chili is ready to eat.
It was a must for me to bring along my beautiful friend Marie to help and that she did. She was amazing and worked hard keeping our "kitchen" area clean, washing dishes,(she had to go down the block & around the corner) along with helping with prep work too. We worked hard but had the best time at our very first competition. I am so thankful that she was able to go with me on such short notice.
This is the finished batch of chili that is ready to serve up in a container for the judges.
This is "Fireman Bob" Cooney cookin' up his famous Fireman Bob's Fire House Chili at the WFC and yes it is "FIREHOUSE HOT". -- Bob was an incredible blessing to me because he offered to bring items for me(he drove to Vegas from Utah). So, my big pot that I cooked my chili in and the pan I fried my meat in both were items that Bob brought me; among other items. I thank God for Bob and his generosity, kindness and many words of encouragement!
Here is another Just a Pinch cook & chili competitor Ashley Burnam cookin' up her The Best Green Chile Pork... Ever which is incredibly delicious! She is not only beautiful & sweet as can be but also a very talented cook! We had a lot of fun getting to know her. It was a pleasure meeting Ashley as well as her lovely family & gorgeous son!
I'm sure some of you will recognize these lovely ladies that we had dinner with one night. Left and to the back we have Ronna Farley, Jane McMillan, Dee Stillwell, (my friend)Marie Culver, me and in front on the right is Susan Simons. We enjoyed having some good eats but especially sitting and having good conversation with such wonderful "foodie" friends.
Now after all the excitement of cooking at the WFC we were sure to plan some fun too. So, off we went to eat at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill in Caesar's Palace. Bob Cooney, my friend Marie and myself really savored every bite we took. From the bread that was brought to the table, to the appetizer and entrees everything was scrumptious!! Bob was snapping pics of us while eating. LOL
After eating at the Mesa Grill we walked over to the Colosseum (also in Caesar's Palace) and got to see Rod Stewart's show where he performed 19 of his greatest hits! His daughter also came out and sung a few songs too. It was a fabulous show and Rod's suits were so bright & shiny that my phone camera couldn't get a good pic of him. LOL
1/5/2014 --- My husband asked me to make him a batch of this chili. It ended up being a perfect meal for Sunday and the beginning of the week when we had temperatures as low as -38 at nigh with the wind chill. Brrr cold...perfect for spicy/hot bowl of Blazin' Buckeye Chili.