Won 1st place in local community chili cook off! I intended to use real bacon instead of bits, but accidentally burned it. Too many beans, recommend only 3 cans. To get a nice consistent mixture, chop veggies (except chilies) into bean-sized pieces and saute them with garlic before adding to pot. Also break up meat to bean size. To improve texture, I used crushed tomatoes (pureed works too) for one of the cans. And after it's cooked for a while, scoop out some of the liquid that comes to the top before stirring, otherwise it's too runny. Add Tabasco last, 1/2tsp at a time, tasting until desired spicyness is achieved.
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Won 1st place in local community chili cook off! I intended to use real bacon instead of bits,...