Many times in my childhood during the early fall months we would attend the famous "CZHILISPIEL" in Flatonia Texas.
It is a childhood memory that I am quite fond of. This event is not only a competition to uncover the best chili but also quite the entertainment venue. Some of the entertainment good, some not so good! You see the competing chili teams tend to adopt a theme associated with their chili. Here are a few examples of some of the private labels; Hot Cow Chili, Belly Buster's Chili, and finally Road Warrior's RoadKill Chili Brew. Do you get the picture? These teams find it quite amusing to mark their territory with decorations to represent their theme. This is part of the entertainment! Team members also decorate themselves in more ways than one! It is very amusing to the innocent bystanders. Skits are performed, songs are sung and antics are performed. As the afternoon progresses the entertainment gets more and more interesting! So if you are ever in Texas research the Czhilispiel in Flatonia. It is worth the trip!
Now for my chili recipe!
I do not have a theme nor an outfit I wear when I make this.
Taco Soup Chili
2 lbs ground beef
1 large onion chopped
1 pack of Taco Seasoning Mix
1 pack of Hidden Valley Ranch dry dressing mix
1Tbsp of chili powder
2 cans of stewed tomatoes
1 can of Rotel tomatoes
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of kidney beans (undrained)
1 can of pinto beans (undrained)
1 can of beer
Brown meat with onions in a large soup pot. Drain off fat. Dump remaining ingredients in the pot. Simmer for 30 minutes. DONE!
Serve with flour tortillas, chips and salsa! Cheddar cheese, sour cream and jalapenos may be served on the side as toppings.