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 chopped
2 cans (1-3/4 lb. each) diced tomatoes
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
4 to 8 cloves garlic, smashed silly
2 cans black beans
1/8 cup lime juice
1 bottle Samuel Adams lager
1 to 2 oz. dark chocolate

Cocoa Chili Spice Mix
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. basil
2 tsp. oregano
1 pkg. Williams chili seasoning
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried cilantro
1/2 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 chili

1lb cubed beef

1 onion chopped

vegetable oil

1 28oz. can whole tomatoes

2 8oz cans chopped green chiles

2 cups pinto beans

2 cups kidney beans

3 tble spoons garlic powder

2 tble spoons chili powder

1 tble spoon cumin

quarter teaspoon red pepper

4 oz Dr. Pepper

Cook meat and onions, drain and add

Mix 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.


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.