3rd Annual Chili Contest: Entry #8 – Sweet Georgia Brown Chili

3rd Annual Chili Contest: Entry #8 – Sweet Georgia Brown Chili

Did we all survive Thanksgiving? I was certainly sleepy in the afternoon after our meal, but it was a success. Not only delicious, but I loaded up on salad, had one serving of dessert, and did green beans and cranberries versus a heaping pile of mashed potatoes — my favorite. I won’t say I wasn’t full, but I wasn’t uncomfortable. Thanksgiving success.

And while I won’t be subjecting my sanity to the insanity of Black Friday, I did do some online yesterday. Target and Zappos — dangerous places to be around the web!

Mr. Prevention and I will be attending the last game of the 2012 Illini football season tomorrow. We play Northwestern in Chicago and I am cautiously optimistic. This season, football has been frustrating, to say the least. We won a few games, but sadly, none of those were during the Big 10 season. By the way, why is the Big 10 adopting teams right and left?

At least our basketball season is off to a great start with a tourney championship and 6-0 start. It is looking to be a fun season to watch.

With the end of the football season comes the end of my 3rd annual chili contest! This year’s contest included 8 recipes and all were great, truly. A full round-up can be expected shortly and a winner will be declared.

This chili comes from the first annual winner, Stacey! I consider Stacey a chili fanatic and connoisseur like myself, so it came as no surprise that this chili was outstanding. From the spice combination to the dried peppers to the sugar to the whiskey…and the chocolate (!), this chili was not short on flavor. Mr. Prevention even said, “This hit the spot”…and that’s saying something after SEVEN weeks of chili!

Ingredients

  • This chili comes from the first annual winner, Stacey! I consider Stacey a chili fanatic and connoisseur like myself, so it came as no surprise that this chili was outstanding. From the spice combination to the dried peppers to the sugar to the whiskey…and the chocolate (!), this chili was not short on flavor. Mr. Prevention even said, “This hit the spot”…and that’s saying something after SEVEN weeks of chili!
  • Sweet Georgia Brown Chili recipe by Stacey McSweeney
  • 2 oz dried ancho chiles, seeded and torn into large chunks
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large red bell peppers, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 20 oz 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • 2 Tbsp beef base, whisked with ¼ cup of water
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) + 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tbsp ancho chile powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch, whisked with ¼ cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 1.5 oz bittersweet chocolate (60% cacoa), grated

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