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« on: January 24, 2010 07:42:16 PM »

i just found out about this local chili/soup contest which is this coming saturday!!

so, if anyone would be willing to help me by testing the recipe, i would be much obliged!!

Tipsy Chili - please do not replicate for profit. i put a lot of thought into this!!
modified recipe farther down the page
3 lbs ground beef
6 strips thick-cut bacon, sliced into bite-sized pieces
1 large yellow onion, small-chopped
12 oz. guinness beer or other stout beer
28 oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
2 small cans green chiles
1 cup grape jelly
1 cup barbecue sauce
2 Tbsp. chili powder
3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

In large saucepan, brown the beef and bacon, and add the onions and garlic.
In small mixing bowl, whisk together jelly and barbecue. In large pot on medium heat, comine beer, tomatoes, chilis, jelly/bbq, chili pepper and red pepper flakes. Let the alcohol cook out for 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently. Drain beef/bacon/onion and add to the pot. Cook on low for another 20 minutes, or transfer to crock pot and cook on low for 2-3 hours. Serve in a bowl garnished with mozzarella or asiago shredded cheese and garlic crostini (thin toast).

Feel free to let the comments fly! I was inspired by the guinness wings you can get at bennigan's... so i know using beer or liquor isn't totally uncommon...

oh, and wish me luck!
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2010 09:11:43 AM »

This sounds/looks DELICIOUS! I'd love to try it out, but I honestly don't know if I'll have time this week to cook. If I do, I'll be sure and leave comments!

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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2010 12:28:40 PM »

The grape jelly sounds a little off putting, but otherwise, it sounds pretty good.

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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2010 09:24:31 PM »

Sorry.  I JUST read this.  I would have tried it (well, I would have had my husband try it since I don't eat pork).  It sounds interesting.  A lot of people make a cocktail weiner sauce using barbeque sauce and grape jelly, so I think the grape jelly probably works well.  Let us know how you do!

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2010 07:15:39 PM »

no worries Grin i'm on my second batch tonight. thankfully both FH and i have a large amount of co-workers, so we're not swimming in chili.

I actually update the recipe as well, the first batch was really tasty, but not much like chili...

eta: this is actually now the third variation
2 lbs lean ground beef*
6 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes, drained
2 (4 oz) cans chopped green chiles, drained
1/3 cup hickory barbecue sauce
2/3 cup grape jelly
1 (12 oz) Guinness or other stout beer
1 can red beans, drained*
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
2 heaping Tbsp. hot chili powder
1 tp. red pepper flakes
* for beanless chili, use 3 lbs ground beef instead of two

In large soup pot, cook tomatoes, chiles, barbecue sauce, jelly, and guinnes for 20-30 minutes (until alcohol evaporates), stirring occasionally. Brown beef and bacon in a large skillet with the garlic. Meanwhile, once beef has thoroughly browned, drain off excess fat and add to soup pot, along with beans, onion, red pepper, tomato, and spices. cook on low for another hour, stirring about every 15 minutes. if it's still too watery, let it sit for a little wile and re-heat before serving.

i think there might even be too much barbecue sauce. i might end up cutting it out altogether and leaving the tomatoes undrained... i'm not a big fan of beans myself, but everyone i know says you can't make chili without beans! well, you can, but everyone seems to expect them, and who would i be to disappoint?

anyway, contest is tomorrow sunday, so i'll be sure to post how i did!

i also serve it with homemade crostini, which is pretty darn easy.
take 1 loaf french or italian bread, slice it really thin. on a foil-lined cookie sheet, arrange slices in a single layer. brush with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic salt. bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or run under the broiler for 5 minutes; until golden and crispy.
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2010 03:47:28 PM »

i won! well, the first round only, and there was only one other contestant in the chili division, but i still beat them!

now i get to make it again next weekend, for a chance for $200 and having it featured in the local grocery-store diners.

wish me luck in the final round!

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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2010 07:25:58 PM »

Congratulations!!!!! Cheesy Grin Wink Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2010 11:05:21 AM »

I do the guinness in mine too, but never thought of the bacon. mmmm. and grape jelly? never heard of that. i'll do the chocolate sometimes, but i'll have to try the jelly. sounds super good Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2010 09:34:08 AM »

Congrats.  That looks hella good and I don't even eat meat!  No wonder you did so well.

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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2010 11:20:59 AM »

thanks guys!
i ended up taking second overall. i lost to a cactus/turkey fajita soup. also really really good!

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