Scotia Place hosted the 19th Annual Chili Cook Off yesterday during lunch time. Eighteen teams competed for the title of “Ultimate Chili”. Anyone could buy a “bowl” of chili for $2, with all proceeds going to the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters. Yes, bowl in quotations. I realize the event is for charity, but the bowls were more like Dixie cups. You could barely fit a plastic spoon inside to scoop out the chili!
I decided to buy two. The first chili I tried was from Tantus Solutions Group. Theirs consisted of ground beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, brown beans, pepperoni, garlic, chili peppers, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, chili powder, parsley, and salt/pepper. They served it with grated cheese and few small tortilla chips. It was tasty, but it didn’t blow me away or anything.
The second bowl I bought was from the Delta Edmonton Centre Suite Hotel. Their chili was made of bison sirloin, black beans, kernel corn, onions, red peppers, crushed tomatoes, chili powder, fresh chopped jalapenos, paprika, cayenne, crushed chilis, garlic, honey, and apple wood smoked cheddar. They served it with a cheese biscuit on top. I’m so glad they had printed copies of the recipe to take, because the chili was absolutely delicious! Definitely worth the $2.
I had never been to the Chili Cook Off before, but I’ll be back next year.