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This Tex-Mex Award-Winning Chili recipe is by a sweet friend from my hometown! She is an amazing cook, and she has started her own business, Almost Homemade. She offers catering, amazing bakery items, a cookbook (and other Almost Homemade swag), and she will also cook dinner for you and you pick it up on the go! Her cheesecake is TO DIE FOR (Insert heart eye emoji). I wanted to feature one of her recipes on my blog because I knew you guys would appreciate an amazing recipe! It has been a while.
Here is a little back story about how this chili recipe came to be!
I have always loved soup. Who doesn’t, right? There is something so comforting about a warm bowl of soup, especially when those cold months start coming in strong. My all-time favorite is my Tex Mex Chili. Everyone has their original recipe, whether it be from their family, or they’ve made it on their own. This Tex Mex Chili was actually an accident that turned out to become my go-to chili recipe. Each year in October, my church has its annual Fall Festival. We plan it with the works- inflatables, games, horse rides, petting zoo, and the famous Chili Cookoff. Each year they seem to get bigger and bigger. At our annual Fall Festival in 2017, we were worried that we would be a little short on chili with the number of guests we had coming.
So, I decided to make a pot of chili. I have always cooked, but I hadn’t found my go-to chili recipe yet. I decided to do what I do best… throw things into a pot, and it’s either hit or miss. That’s how we all create recipes, right? Trial and error have always worked for me. So, I gathered all the things I thought would be great in chili, the tomatoes, beans, seasoning… etc. However, if you know me, you know that I am all about flavor. I decided at the grocery store that I would add some extras. I got home, and I was planning out how my day would go the day of the Fall Festival. I knew I would be too busy preparing to be cooking. I put the chili together Friday night, and I let it simmer longer than I had planned too. Usually, I’ll simmer it for around 30 minutes and think, “It’s done.” This time I forgot the chili was simmering on the stove, and it got thicker than how I usually make it. I thought, “Okay. I’ve ruined it.” I put it in the refrigerator and put it in the back of my mind.
When we arrived at our Fall Festival, and it was time to heat the chili and enter it into the cookoff, I told them, “Don’t enter that one.” Little did I know it was entered anyway, and to my surprise, it had won. Everyone was raving about the chili with the corn in it. I looked, and mine was the only one with corn. I thought from then on, I would make this recipe my go-to chili recipe. I entered it in 2018 and 2019, and it also won both cookoffs. That’s why I call this my Award-Winning Tex Mex Chili!
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How amazing does this recipe sound? With cooler weather starting to come around, it’s the perfect time of year for some award-winning tex-mex chili. We would love to hear how this recipe went for you. Leave a comment below!
Until Next Time,
Jordan started Almost Homemade to share recipes that she had created with friends and family through Facebook. Little did she know that it would quickly turn into her writing and selling over 40 cookbooks. Once the cookbooks started selling, she was asked to make this or that and sell it. It quickly went from what was to be a blog for family to a growing business in Rome, Georgia. This is the link to Almost Homemade: https://www.facebook.com/jordanmearwood/. Take a look around at some of the amazing things she offers, and if you enjoy it, give it a like! You can also follow her on Instagram @jordanmearwood