12 Chili Cook-off Champion Recipes
These top-rated recipes are tried-and-true chili cook-off winners. And they could be your ticket to a blue ribbon, too.
Boilermaker Tailgate Chili
"This chili recipe has now won us two chili cook-off blue ribbons! It is still our only chili recipe. Just two minor alterations: We used a whole bottle of Guinness beer and only used two cans of spicy chili beans, and we cooked it all day on low in our huge slow cooker," Patti Fritz says. "Fantastic!"
Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili
"This truly is the best and easiest recipe ever! I do it in the crockpot to make it even simpler. I, too, have won chili cook-offs with this without changing a thing." — lbarbour
"My two daughters and I used this recipe for our Girl Scout Father-Daughter Chili contest and won 'Best Overall Chili' out of over 30 contestants!" — David P.
"I have won several chili cook-offs with this little gem. I stick to the recipe mostly, but I do usually omit the habaneros and sometimes substitute a can or two of great northern white beans for the kidney beans just because I find them more tender. I used a smoked porter for the beer the first time but lately have just been using a standard red ale with a drop of liquid smoke mixed in. I find the flavor to be almost identical." — Three-Two
"I posted years ago that I had won a cook-off with this chili. Well since then I've won THREE more!" — kym
"This is an awesome recipe. We used it for a chili cook off and won first place. Don't change a thing. This is the perfect chili. Everyone wants the recipe." — LORILYNN71
Award Winning Chili
"The best chili recipe ever," reviewer HSTEMP writes. "I took the dish to our local chili cook-off and won first prize. Everyone wanted the recipe. And right on. One bowl is never enough."
Best Damn Chili
"Took to work for chili cook-off and I got tons of compliments and was told several times, best chili they ever ate, including my boyfriend! Oh, and I won the contest. I make this often now. Best chili ever!" — Emi Avi
The Ultimate Chili
"Awesome! This recipe won me top prize at my company's annual chili cook-off. There wasn't enough to satisfy the demand. Great stuff!" — RogerH
Prize Winning Chili
"I won a chili cook-off with this recipe in Tennessee in 1996. My family and friends all love this chili. It is requested for all family get-togethers. A great dish for a chilly day. Serve with shredded cheese and crackers," Howard says.
"I entered a chili cook-off and won first place! I halved the chili powder (actually I used a generous 1/4 cup), and used about 18 oz of Hunt's Hickory & Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce," Lauren Chao says. "It was just the right spiciness, just the right sweetness (not too sweet), and turned out fabulous!"
Chili by George
"I have entered this in my church chili cookoff, and finally, with this I won! I added chopped garlic. I also used bloody mary mix instead of tomato juice and used only half of what was called for with that. Really tasty, not too hot. If you want hot, add some more cayenne pepper." — nickib