I've judged a few chili cook-offs in my day, but they're usually in the dead of summer when it's 95 degrees outside. Recently, I was super lucky to join the Bridge Day Chili Cook-off in Fayetteville as a judge - and it was perfect fall weather!
There were four entries across two categories - beans and no beans.
And, the first one I had I loved so much! It almost tasted bbq-y, like baked beans were involved. But it was delicious and I ended up taking the remainder of the judges portion to-go. A few little pieces of cornbread, and it was heaven.
The others ranged from much thinner, more southwestern style, to spicy versions that would be at home on a hot dog.
How do you like your chili?