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      Viewer submission Chili Day Awards

      In honor of Monday February 25th being National chili day and the Academy Awards recap, the morning show team held "Viewer submission chili awards."

      Here were the finalists as seen on "KRCG Live at Sunrise."

      First Place viewer submission is Tim Montee's favorite chili recipe:

      2 lb. ground beef 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced or chopped2 cans (1-3/4 lb. each) diced tomatoes1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste4 to 8 cloves garlic, smashed silly2 cans black beans1/8 cup lime juice1 bottle Samuel Adams lager1 to 2 oz. dark chocolateCocoa Chili Spice Mix1 tsp. black pepper1 tsp. cayenne pepper1 tsp. cumin1 tsp. thyme1 tsp. basil2 tsp. oregano1 pkg. Williams chili seasoning2 tsp. garlic powder1 tsp. onion powder2 tsp. dried parsley1 tsp. dried cilantro1/2 cup cocoa powder


      Assemble the spice mix into an airtight container ahead of time. Most of these ingredients are approximate. Inside a deep cast iron pot (about 7 qt.), on brown the meat on high heat to about medium doneness. Add the beer and cocoa chili spice mix, stir it in really good and let cook for 5 minutes.Add the beans. Make a little space on the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato paste. Cook the paste for a minute, then mix everything in the pot together. Add the diced tomatoes and garlic. Keep stirring, keep a very slow boil or a simmer. Add the lime juice and the dark chocolate pieces. Let the heat from the chili melt the chocolate. Stir and set the heat to low. Partially cover and simmer for about 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

      Second place viewer submission is Scott Halley's favorite chili recipe:

      Hombre chili1lb cubed beef1 onion choppedvegetable oil1 28oz. can whole tomatoes2 8oz cans chopped green chiles2 cups pinto beans2 cups kidney beans3 tble spoons garlic powder2 tble spoons chili powder1 tble spoon cuminquarter teaspoon red pepper4 oz Dr. PepperCook meat and onions, drain and addMix and simmer

      Third place viewer submission is Lisa Pini's favorite chili recipe:

      Brown 1lb hamburger with 1 onion diced and 1/2 diced green pepper.Drain.Add 2 cans of Brooks chili beans mild or hot,1 small can of tomato paste,1.bottle of Heinz chili sauce,1/4 tsp garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.

      Use fresh bottle of chili powder. Start with 1 tablespoon and go from there.

      Add some beer. Start with 1/2 can. You can always add more or even water.

      Cook on stove for 2 hours or put in crock pot.