3rd Annual Chili Contest: Entry #8 – Sweet Georgia Brown Chili


Did we all survive Thanksgiving? I was certainly sleepy in the afternoon after our meal, but it was a success. Not only delicious, but I loaded up on salad, had one serving of dessert, and did green beans and cranberries versus a heaping pile of mashed potatoes — my favorite. I won’t say I wasn’t full, but I wasn’t uncomfortable. Thanksgiving success.

And while I won’t be subjecting my sanity to the insanity of Black Friday, I did do some online yesterday. Target and Zappos — dangerous places to be around the web!


Mr. Prevention and I will be attending the last game of the 2012 Illini football season tomorrow. We play Northwestern in Chicago and I am cautiously optimistic. This season, football has been frustrating, to say the least. We won a few games, but sadly, none of those were during the Big 10 season. By the way, why is the Big 10 adopting teams right and left?

At least our basketball season is off to a great start with a tourney championship and 6-0 start. It is looking to be a fun season to watch.


With the end of the football season comes the end of my 3rd annual chili contest! This year’s contest included 8 recipes and all were great, truly. A full round-up can be expected shortly and a winner will be declared.

This chili comes from the first annual winner, Stacey! I consider Stacey a chili fanatic and connoisseur like myself, so it came as no surprise that this chili was outstanding. From the spice combination to the dried peppers to the sugar to the whiskey…and the chocolate (!), this chili was not short on flavor. Mr. Prevention even said, “This hit the spot”…and that’s saying something after SEVEN weeks of chili!


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday :) If you’re braving the crowds today, good luck!

Be well,


  1. I am headed out for deals today to so I am super excited, chocolate in chili sounds like a wonderful combination I must try. I can not wait to see your chili recipe.

  2. So, so glad you enjoyed it!!

  3. Not having ever dealt with an ancho chili before..do you mean that I blend it with the boiling water or without the boiling water?

  4. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving, Nicole– I was kind of the same way: full, but not uncomfortable. I’ve definitely had majorly uncomfortable years, so that’s kind of a breakthrough ;-)

    This chili looks awesome!

  5. Thanksgiving was fine, but the rest of the weekend was a disaster. When do I get another vacation from my vacation?

  6. Awesome ingredients, I’m intrigued by this one!

  7. What is beef base paste and where do I find this? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before! Can I substitute 1/4 cup beef stock or broth instead?

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Hey girl :) Beef paste is right by the broths…it comes in a jar and is much more concentrated (sodium, mostly) than stock. You could use bouillon or just additional salt + broth instead though, no doubt!


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