5 Different Chili Recipes that Will Win the Chili Cook Off

To this day, I can still remember the smell of my grandmother’s sweetly spiced chili as it wafted through the entire house. My smile widened as a kid when she would lift me up to look inside the pot. It was a beautiful bubbling mess of beans, sausage, and stewed tomatoes. We had picked the tomatoes earlier that week together from the garden.

My grandma was the first person to teach me that food was more than just something our bodies needed to survive. Food had the power to bring people together, to create memories, to enrich cultures, and so much more. Food deserved respect.

Honoring her spirit, I cook chili all the time. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started attending chili cook-offs. After my first year of attendance, I was hooked! The next year, I found myself enrolling in as many contests as I could manage. They’re a great way to meet fellow chili-enthusiasts. I find myself swapping great stories and tips with people every year. Plus, I get to eat a bunch of amazing chili!

Most exciting of all, I get to show off my chili recipe of the year. This is always so fun and empowering! It gives me something to look forward to. I usually spend months in advance trying out different recipes, tweaking them until they taste like a winner. If you’re a food fanatic like me, I highly recommend getting involved in a chili cook-off. Who knows? It could turn out to be a life-long hobby.

If you’re looking for a recipe that’ll take home the gold, look no further than these 5 recipes that I’ve compiled. I was the Oh So Delicioso site a while back, and the wealth of quality recipes was impressive to me. Nothing on the site is average or ok. It’s all top notch, which means you don’t have to sift through tons of recipes to find something really good and worth your time to make. That’s why I’m giving you these 5 chili dishes that have been my favorite from them. These are not your typical chili recipes. Each one has something special about it that separates it from most of the normal chili recipes out there, and is sure to impress the judges!

Sloppy Chili

This sloppy chili recipe is super easy to put together and was a huge hit at my last dinner party! Using the same kind of flavors found in a delicious sloppy joe sandwich, this chili is definitely nostalgic for me (and many others as well). You can use ground beef or turkey for this one. I’ve tried both options, and they are equally divine. This one also turned out to be a huge hit with the kids. The only downside is that it never seems to last long enough!

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Creamy White Chili

If you want to stand out a little more from the crowd, go for this chili. Unlike your typical red beans and beef recipe, this one has some different flavors that are simply delicious. I like to spice this one up with some hot green chilies. However, it will taste just as flavorful with mild heat chilies. Be sure to use REAL oregano leaves for this chili. It makes such a difference! The judges will be especially impressed if you do.

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Vegetarian Chili

Whoever says that chili is nothing without the meat, hasn’t tried this recipe. This chili is completely vegetarian and packed with flavor. Besides prep time, the chili only takes about 10 minutes to cook up. If you really wanted to throw in some meat, this recipe still works for that. It is a very flexible and forgiving chili. Garnish it with some sour cream and avocado for a full flavor experience.

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Smokey Jalapeño and Bacon Chili

This chili is one of my all-time favorites. The unique smokey flavor really makes it a memorable tasting experience. If you’ve never tried cooking with liquid smoke, now is your chance! It’ll make your kitchen smell incredible and does wonders for the chili. Also, be sure to follow the instructions about pureeing the beans and tomatoes for a creamier texture. It’s so worth the time!

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Chili Con Carne

This chili has won the hearts of many. It’s very easy to whip up, packed with flavor, and a great one to load up with toppings. This one is made with more classic chili ingredients like browned beef and tomatoes. It also uses those yummy meat drippings for some added flavor. I love the heat of this one as well. Dash it with some hot sauce and sprinkle with chopped bacon. You’re sure to have the judges begging for more with this chili.

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Bring any of these recipes to a chili cook-off and I guarantee you’ll be going home with a nice shiny medal to put on the shelf.