San Antonio is the birthplace of chili and we're having a Fiesta Chili Cook-Off today. While there's a huge debate about whether chili should have beans, it's delicious with and without beans, so we're not going to argue about it; we're just going to eat it.
The Chili Cook-Off Challenge is a monthly event here at Foods and Flavors of San Antonio. If you love chili, I'd love for you to participate in the cook-off. Original recipes are being collected for a new cookbook I'm writing, so your chili will be published!
If you want to get a taste for what a San Antonio Chili Cook-Off is really like, read this San Antonio Chili Story.
We're doing the chili cook-off a little differently this month since March is the Fiesta for my new cookbook. Five original recipes were submitted and these have a chance to win a prize of a chile pepper refrigerator magnet. So please vote for your favorite chili from the top five. Voting runs through the end of the month and I'll announce the winner on March 31st. We've also collected chili recipes from Tex-Mex Foodies who are sharing their food at the Fiesta.
Karen, Domestic Muse, says that When It's Chili Cookin' Time in NC, then it's Chili Cookin' Time in NC! She's honoring her heritage by making Three Sisters White Chili. You can read more about
The Three Sisters method of companion planting at her blog.
Mary, Dunkin Cooking the Semi-Homemade Way, is tired of
being cold and decided to make a warming chili, Refried Bean Chili, serving it in peppers.
Liliana, Cookbook Addiction, made Vegetarian Chickpea Chili especially for the Fiesta today. This is her first time cooking Tex-Mex food.
Heather, Girli Chef, got creative with her Roasted Pork and Poblano Chili, roasting the chiles, tomatillos, and garlic, and adding hominy for a wonderful, soul-satisfying, earthy, homey flavor.
Speaking of earthy, homey things, it's lights out to Vote Earth on Saturday. Millions of people, everywhere around the world, are turning their lights out, March 28th at 8:30 PM, for one hour to show their support of the Earth and their concern about global warming. The chili I made at Cookbook Cuisine for this month's cook-off is Chicken Chile Verde and Going Green for the Earth. BTW, there's a giveaway on that post to vote for a healthy Earth.
We have lots of other chili, with and without beans, for you
to enjoy at the Fiesta Chili Cook-Off today. Teresa, Mexican American Border Cooking, is sharing Chile Colorado.
Melissa, Alosha's Kitchen, made her version of Chile Colorado
Melissa also made Habanero Hellfire Chili. This girl likes it hot!
Chef E, Behind the Wheel Chef, made Chipotle Chicken Chili from a recipe in my cookbook.
Hornsfan, Bytes From Texas, who is related to a true Texan
when Texas was a country, celebrated Texas Independence
Day with Shiner Hefewisen Chili.
Emily, Tomato Kumato, tells A Tale of Two Chilis.
Jen, Notes From the Table, made Spicy Turkey Chili, saying that turkey is a blank canvas which picks up other flavors and spices.
Pam, For the Love of Cooking, brought several chilis to Fiesta today. Her first is simply Chili. But this is no simple chili. She's been perfecting the recipe for 12 years.
Pam offers us a Vegetarian Three Bean Chili that she slow-cooked in a Dutch oven all day on a rainy day because it was a perfect day for chili.
Pam also brought Chile Verde with a Cilantro and Lime Sour Cream. This is a two-way chili that can be enjoyed as a bowl
of chili or wrapped up in a taco or a burrito.
Karen, Karen Cooks, also made a Chile Verde, saying that it's
her second all-time favorite Mexican food.
Emeril Lagasse, Food Network, brought a 5-Bean Chili.
He also brought his buddy, Guy Fieri, Food Network, to the Fiesta, who made Dragon's Breath Chili for all of us Fiesta Foodies.
The Chili Cook-Off Challenge happens all over again next month. Post your original chili recipes on your blog by April 20th, along with the badge and a link to the rules, then send me the link to your post at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To paraphrase Karen, When it's Chili Cookin' time in San Antonio, then it's Chili Cookin' time at Foods and Flavors of San Antonio!
Tomorrow, we're going on a Quesadilla Quest, searching for the best quesadillas in the Tex-Mex Foodie blogsophere.