Do you ever start a week and then immediately realize you didn’t have a chance to relax the entire weekend before? That is kind of how I feel this week. My weekend was consumed with a little event that happened on Sunday. I was a part of a chili cook off. Who would have thought?
To be honest, I was surprised to even be a part of the event! I submitted my poblano turkey chili recipe on a whim when the sponsors tweeted to me about it. A few weeks later, I received a call telling me I was a regional finalist. Ok then!
Here’s the thing: I’m insanely competitive…but I am not much for competing in things like this. If I can master a skill and be judged on that, I’m all over it. If it is something I can practice and I know I can be prepared to destroy in…let me at it. Chili cook offs though? The results are totally up to personal taste. So, I just decided to go in with a good attitude and hope that my chili was awesome enough for other people to like. Plus: I’d never been in a cook off before. There’s a first time for everything! Mark that one off my bucket list.
Of course, even though I make this recipe on the regular, I happened to botch my first batch on Saturday night and was forced to start a second one. The finished product was still not my best work for some reason. Probably because I was scrutinizing everything to the finest detail, in comparison to when I’m making it on some random Tuesday night and am literally just throwing the ingredients into the pot and tasting as I go.
And in the end, it didn’t matter who won and lost (my chili did not win, by the way): I do LOVE my chili and think it’s a winner. I make it all the time for family and friends. The topping combination of cheese, cilantro, and fresh guacamole are unique as well. And seriously: if you haven’t put guacamole on your chili before, do it. Thank me later.
Next time though…I’d prefer it to not be 85 degrees and in a tent outside when I make my chili again. Isn’t it mid-November? Florida has NOT received the memo.
Have you competed in a cook off competition of some kind? What was it?