Clintonville Chili Bowl – Chili for a good cause
Posted by cmh gourmand on January 21, 2008
The Maple Grove United Methodist Church is hosting the Clintonville Chili Bowl on January 26th from 5 – 7 PM. The judges will be local firefighters. Contestants will be competing for a trophy and chili champion bragging rights for one year and/or the People’s Choice Award. The chili is going for $5 per bowl, proceeds of the event go to two great Clintonville causes – the Clintonville Community Resource Center and the Whetstone Recreation Center. The church is at the corner of High Street and Henderson Road. More details can be found at the Church website, click on the Chili Bowl logo for details.
I did attend as a contestant. The event had a great turnout. There were 26 different chili’s and one house chili to dine on. I did not win either of the contests but it was fun. Over $1000 was raised for charity. I learned a couple things from the other chili makers – pureed beans and peanut butter are good for making a chili thicker and less tomato tasting. I also met the owner of Food for the Soul, a new restaurant in the Ville – I will report more on that later.
I entered my Italian Chili Number Nine – here is my recipe – more or less.
2 lbs Bob Evans Italian sausage – browned in a skillet then drained
1 can Trader Joes Tuscano Marinara Sauce
2 cans Ro Tel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
1 can red beans – drained
2 cans dark kidney beans – drained
1 jar (12 – 16 ounces) mild giardinera pepper mix
garlic, cumin, black pepper, red pepper, and cilantro to taste
mix in a crock pot and cook for 3+ hours on high.