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Chili Contest!


College football kicks off in less than 3 WEEKS!!!!!!! Obviously, I’m pumped! It’s hard not to be when you’re an Illini fan in Buckeye Country! 😉

There’s nothing that screams football season better than chili…and Mr. Prevention and I really like chili! But after being introduced to our friend’s amazing chili recipe a few years ago, we haven’t branched out to try new ones. So that’s where the contest comes in. If you have an amazing chili recipe, an original or simply one you love, please send it to me at [email protected]. I am going to accept the first 12 recipes and aim to try a new one every weekend during football season.

I do ask that the recipes are relatively healthy. So long as the beef is lean and the sodium content isn’t outrageous, there’s not too much unhealthy about chili.

Mr. Prevention and I will take careful notes on each recipe — what we liked, what we didn’t, etc. I will post each week what we thought of that week’s recipe, along with the nutrition facts. At the end of the season, we will choose a winner! That winner can choose any cookie or muffin recipe I’ve made and I will send them some homemade baked goods just in time for the holidays! Last football game is December 3rd, after all!

I will accept entries until I reach 12 recipes.

Question: In your chili do you prefer more meat, beans, vegetables, or something else? What college football team do you root for?

I love meaty, tomato-y chili…but I’m yet to find a chili I don’t love! I can’t wait to try your chili recipes!

First and 10,

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  1. August 16, 2010 / 7:32 am

    Chili with meat and no beans! I eat around the beans :). I’m a Big Ten fan – but Purdue and Iowa (where my family attended). I’m not too die hard for college ball though. I guess I’m also a TX A&M fan now too. My brother starts grad classes this month :).

  2. August 16, 2010 / 7:34 am

    Go MIZZOU! he he he… ๐Ÿ™‚

    I can’t believe college football is almost here- I hope you’re ready for the rivalry game in a couple weeks!

  3. August 16, 2010 / 8:12 am

    Ugh, football season. I’m so not a fan but my husband goes kinda crazy for it.

    I just started liking chili this past year. I’m not too picky when it comes to ingredients, but I hate, hate, hate onions so my dream is to find a restaurant whose chili isn’t littered with the things. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. August 16, 2010 / 10:41 am

    Oh, love the chili challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t have a killer recipe (Hubbs does…but it’s all off the top of his head), so I look forward to trying the ones you post about!

  5. August 16, 2010 / 1:08 pm

    We always have kitchen sink chili in my house. We throw in whatever looks good and let it cook. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, no recipe to share. But I look forward to seeing the recipes!

  6. August 16, 2010 / 1:25 pm

    This is such an awesome idea! I wish I had a chili recipe, Ive never even made it before.

  7. August 16, 2010 / 1:56 pm

    Beans! I love beans. Usually I do beans and soy crumbles. I just toss mine together, but if I can think of an actual recipe for this, I will let you know.

  8. August 16, 2010 / 1:56 pm

    I’m eating chili as I’m writing this! I like to bake tortilla chips and make chili nachos with my chili. Yummm. I’ve never put the recipe down on paper, but I’ll see if I can put something together.

    I don’t watch college football, so… Go Steelers!

  9. August 16, 2010 / 2:00 pm

    I’ve got to say, I love the tomato and meat as well!

    Minnesota Golden Gophers ALL THE WAY! I am so excited for football season to start.

  10. August 16, 2010 / 2:47 pm

    I am a huge chili fan, and prefer both meat & beans for a hearty yet healthy version. I emailed you my recipe for White Chicken Chili, which I recently made for about 20 people… and it was a big hit!

    If others want to check it out, here’s the link:


  11. August 16, 2010 / 5:43 pm

    Yay for college football!!! I am smiling just thinking about it and can’t wait for it to start. I went to WVU so Go Mountaineers!!!

    I grew up eating chili with beef but now when I make it like to make it with beans and beef. There are some things I refuse to substitute beef in and chili is one of them. I can’t wait to break out the crock pot and get to cooking some ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. August 16, 2010 / 6:55 pm

    I love chili and this sounds like such a fun challenge! I can’t wait to see all the recipes you try!

  13. August 16, 2010 / 7:10 pm

    A while back, I tried a vegetarian chili. It had all kinds of different beans in it. It was so flavorful, even without the meat.
    I hate to say, I am not a huge football fan. I do like to go to the games just for the fun of it though!

  14. August 17, 2010 / 2:41 pm

    I am seriously a giddy school girl when it comes to football season. College, NFL – love it.

    Can’t wait to go see the Illini live in a few weeks ๐Ÿ˜‰

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