We have an annual chili cook-off at our church every year. We almost never win, because we like our chili spicy. And even though we throttle it back for the competition, it's still too much for most of the folks that are there. One that we have managed to make and it's been a huge success comes from The Ultimate Chili Book.
The Ultimate Chili Book is one that Joel and I picked up years ago, long before we went on the cookbook hiatus. It's a great little book. Tons of information about spices, beans and different types of recipes. We always go back to the same one, "Commander" Tim's Submarine Chili, it's got us a prize or two and been licked clean when served outside the chili cook-off.
I think part of the reason we like Tim's recipe it is because it's pretty simple, tasty, and has a good bang for your chili buck. And the spice can be modified without changing the overall flavor.
Now if you're not into meat or beans, there are also plenty of other recipes for your taste, as well as lamb and chicken. One of our other favorites includes prime rib. Normally, we just use one that's leftover from a previous meal and add it in right before serving to warm it up.
Do you have a favorite chili recipe?