I have lived in lots of places and I have always loved chili. I have always wanted to attend an official national chili competition cook off.
This weekend was my chance, and with certainly no offense meant, I was disappointed big time. :(
This weekend in Laughlin NV had one of the official state championship cook off with the winners going to the finals, in the state, and then off into the national chili cook offs.
I ate all the the green chili I could stand yesterday, and today I pigged out on the red chili (my favorite), and I must say, I was disappointed.:(
I did have some good chili, but nothing just jumped out at me. They just seemed more bland than I had expected since I expected something over the top.
I don't mean to discredit the cooks at all, but I just felt that they were not up to Egg'd chili standards. The rules do not allow beans, or any type of filler. Only meat and spices and tomato type sauces, so with these limitations, I can understand why I was not impressed ;).
None had tomato pieces, (which I like) and no pieces of onions to chew, and what really surprised me, the HEAT from the peppers was low to medium.
I like chili that forces you to take a drink of some liquid now and then! ;)
These did not do that, so while I was not impressed, it just makes me more convinced that when I want some great food, just look to the recipes here or to the many links to others homepages and you cannot go wrong with good food.
Not to belittle anyone, just my observations,