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   Zzzghy  My girlfriend and I had a one-on-one chili cookoff for Thanksgiving and I'm pretty sure I was hosed by the judging procedure. Why? because the five judges were all her fellow employees. I had nobody in the game. That, plus she's a real photographer and all I had was my crappy little phone camera and that didn't help. I admit my picture has an unintentionally Alpo-like riff, but hey -- it's chili. The taste-testing was allegedly "blind" but you know how that can go...

I went traditional Texas chili con carne from a recipe from Texas Monthly (pinched from the Chili Cookoff article from a couple months back ); with NO beans and options on the side. Judy went SoCal -- chili with beans -- and that didn't help either considering we live here. The only leveling requirement was the use of ground beef. They were both pretty good but I feel I am within my rights to throw a couple flags and demand a rematch. Like in Tejas.

   December 4 at 17:39 EST .

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   StormCnter  Zzz, I hereby declare you the hands-down winner! It's barbaric to put beans in good beef chili.
December 17 at 08:32 EST .

  10 people like this.

   MeiDei  Oh Grief, I'm not only a Deplorable but now my friend knows me as Barbaric! Laughing here! It's the only way I can get beans into my son, 3 big bowlfuls at a time too. Maybe it's a regional thing as with Clam Chowder, there's Manhattan style with a tomato base and New England with a cream base.
December 23 at 13:59 EST .

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   StormCnter  Of course it's sort of a regional thing, although I think it's isolated to Texas. We take our beef seriously, Mei. And I'll pretend I don't know you put beans in Brett's chili because you have so many other fine qualities. ; )
December 24 at 17:00 EST .

  8 people like this.

   Zzzghy  Thank you Storm. Mine was the best chili; Judy beat me on local technical stuff.
January 3 at 18:13 EST .

  5 people like this.

   Jerico  I add black, pinto and red beans to my chili. Love it.
January 14 at 00:37 EST .

  6 people like this.

   Zzzghy  Agreed I'm sure, but that's not chili. It's three-bean soup with meat. It's all good, and local.
February 27 at 13:08 EST .

  5 people like this.