A Big Bowl of Red
The most famous and well known chili cook-off took place in 1967 in Terlingua, Texas. Terlingua was once a thriving mercury-mining town of 5,000 people and it is the most remote site you can choose as it is not close to any major city and the nearest commercial airport is almost 279 miles away. Just getting to Terlingua requires a major effort. It was a two-man cook-off between Texas chili champ Homer “Wick” Fowler (1909-1972), a Dallas and Denton newspaper reporter, and H. Allen Smith (1906-1976), New York humorist and author, which ended in a tie.
1 tbl canola oil
1 lrg yellow onion, diced
1 x green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 x red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 cup sliced celery
2 x cloves garlic, minced
28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
16 oz canned red kidney beans
15 oz canned stewed tomatoes, diced
3 tsp chili powder, up to 4
1 tbl dried oregano
2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bottled hot sauce, up to 2
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
* MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVINGS. VEGAN
* This chili exhibits the quintessential qualities of traditional chili without the meat. It is thick, highly seasoned and very satisfying.
* Heat oil in large saucepan. Add onion, bell peppers, celery and garlic. Saute until vegetables are tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, beans, stewed tomatoes and seasonings; bring to a simmer. Cook uncovered over low heat, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 8 to 10 minutes before serving.
* Ladle chili into bowls. Serve with toppings such as shredded low-fat cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, chopped scallions, chopped red onion or fresh tomato salsa, and warm cornbread or whole wheat bread if desired.
* Makes 4 to 6
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