Road Kill Chili!

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Laura Jo Carney writes, My Girl Scout service unit sponsors a yearly chili cook-off and pie contest.

My Girl Scout service unit sponsors a yearly chili cook-off and pie contest. I wasn’t really looking forward to the cook-off because I didn’t know what to make. I had to decide which one to enter. One day, I was going to the store and the idea just occurred to me that chili would taste really good with different kinds of meat in it. The first one I thought of was bacon, because I love it so much. I decided to go through the meat department and see how many different kinds of meat I could find to put in it. I also went up and down different aisles looking for something to add color and make it more unique. Then I saw it- corn! I thought that would be perfect since it is my favorite vegetable. Since this was a father and daughter cook-off, my dad was telling me that for a work convention in Arizona they also had a chili contest. Their chili’s name was road chili (or something like that) and that they also had all different kinds of meat like mine. This inspired me to name it Road Kill Chili! The day of the cookoff was chaotic! It took all day to make it. Later that night, I was so nervous! There were so many different chilis that all looked good. It was going to be a tough competition. Finally the judging came. I was so excited that when they announced my chili number I didn’t go up until they called it again. I was so surprised that I jumped up and yelled “YES”! Everyone looked at me but I didn’t care because I just won Best Chili! Award Winning Recipe: 2 medium Onions-diced 1 Red Pepper-diced 2 Jalapenos-seeded and diced 1 lb Bacon 1 lb Turkey 1 lb Bison 1 lb Hot Italian Sausage 1 lb Beef 2 Cans Great Northern Beans 2 cans Black Beans 2 cans Kidney Beans 1 can Butter Beans 1 can Corn 2 cans Hot Chili Beans 2 cans Crushed Tomatoes 2 cans Diced Tomatoes 1 large can Tomato Juice 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 2 tbsp. Ancho Chili Powder 1 tbsp.Crushed Red Pepper Combine onion, pepper and jalapenos in sauce pan with 1 tbsp oil. Saute until soft. Add meat and stir until cooked and broken up into small pieces. Drain and transfer mixture to roasting pan. Add tomatoes and tomato juice. Drain corn and all beans except the chili beans. Add beans/corn to mix along with brown sugar and spices. Cook for4 hours or more on low.Serves 30+~ ENJOY~