Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chilly Night Chili Party

First, Let me share the concept of the party and all of the delicious pots of chili brought to the party last evening.

Our good friends, Nancy and Ron decided it would be fun to invite a bunch of people over for a chili tasting party. Everyone brought a version of chili they thought might be a "winner."  The pots were labeled and numbered so later anyone wishing to "buy" a vote could vote on their favorite chili. Each vote costed $5.00. Once everyone had the opportunity to taste all varieties and vote, the winning chili was announced. 

Read on to find out which chili won and to get the recipe!

Cheesy Chicken Chili
Beef Chili 
Two versions of Venison Chili

Turkey Chili

Vegetarian Chili (my creation), Chili con Carne, and Turkey Tostilla Chili 
Chicken White Bean Chili, Taco Chili, and Spicy Three Bean Chili
 Another white chicken chili and a third version of venison chili have been inadvertently  omitted from the photo list above. Third version of venison chili was actually my husband's favorite.

Knitting friends enjoying the evening together.

My dear husband making sure he tastes my chili!

Our hostess, Nancy, on the right.

Noah is not only a beautiful dog, but unbelievably well behaved.
With all the scents filling the house he never once begged, cried or barked.

Abby won the vote for her Cheesy Chicken Chili

My vegetarian chili may not have won the overall vote, but Allison (to the left of Abby in the above photo) is a vegetarian and she had two bowls full and said it was delicious! Since I never made the recipe before, coming from a sworn vegetarian, I feel complimented! If you would like the recipe I used please visit Planning the Globe

Cheesy Chicken Chili Crockpot

1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 can Rotel
1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch
8 ounces cream cheese
1 tsp. cumin
1 Tbl. chili powder
1 tsp. onion powder
2 boneless chicken breasts

Drain and rinse beans, place chicken in bottom of crock pot; pour corn, Rotel, and beans on top. Add seasonings and ranch mix; stir together. Place cream cheese on top, cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low. Shred chicken, stir and serve. Add hot sauce for more spice (optional)

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