Award Winning Chili

Story by Natalie
Award Winning Chili
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Here at the Modern Proper we love to share some of our favorite recipes created by the people we love the most.

These are dishes that have proven to be faithful over time and have made countless tummies happy. This specific recipe is particularly special because it was crafted with care by my dad. Introducing Bob MacGregor’s Award-winning Chili.


This Sunday is the Super Bowl and the Seahawks are my dad’s favorite team, so I thought it might be good luck to share the secrets to his most prized creation.

Award Winning Chili

To clarify, this isn’t one of those “that’s so good it deserves an award”-type recipes. This chili is legitimately a two-time award winner. Given the opportunity, he would gladly tell you all about every detail. In fact, even if you don’t have the time, he’d probably still tell you about it—and with good reason—it has definitely become a crowd pleasing family favorite.

This Sunday is the Super Bowl and the Seahawks are my dad’s favorite team, so I thought it might be good luck to share the secrets to his most prized creation. For those who are worried, I did ask his permission so this isn’t stealing. That said, definitely don’t enter it into any chili competitions. Dad is a world-traveler and you never know if he’ll be a contestant.

Award Winning Chili

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 lb 80% lean ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 large garlic cloves, finely diced
1 lb black beans, cooked
1 lb kidney beans, cooked
1 lb pinto beans, cooked
1 20 oz can diced tomatoes
1 20 oz can red enchilada sauce
1/2 cup chili powder
2 tsp tapotio hot sauce
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste
cilantro, green onions, sour cream, grated cheese, avocado for garnish

Method

  1. In a large dutch oven or non reactive pot, saute onions, peppers, garlic and meat with a tsp of each salt and pepper. Cook until meat is cooked through.
  2. Add the remainder of the ingredients and add with just enough water to cover beans. (About 1-2 cups.) Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow to stew for 8 hrs, stirring often to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom.
  3. Adjust the taste to your likeness using salt, pepper and cayenne.
  4. Garnish with cilantro, green onions, sour cream, cheese and avocado.