1997 -Gold Miners Chili

bySteve Falkowski


North, South, East & West.....cooks descended on Reno and took no prisoners at this year's World's Championship Chili Cookoff. Steve Falkowski, from Hopewell Junction, NY walked away with 1st place, the coveted bronze chili pot and a check for $25,000. His "Gold Miner's Chili" will go down in history as the best bowl of chili for 1997!


1 TBS. Wesson Oil
3 lbs. Beef, cut into 1/4" cubes
1 1/2 cups White onion, finely minced
8 Garlic cloves, finely minced
3/4 tsp. Garlic powder
2 cans (15 1/2 oz) Chicken broth, with fat removed
4 oz (1/2 8oz can) Hunt's Tomato Sauce
3 TBS. Ground cumin
10 1/2 TBS. Gebhardt Chili Powder
5 TBS. California Chile Powder (mild)
4 1/2 TBS. New Mexico Chile Powder (medium)
1 TBS. New Mexico Chile Powder (hot)

2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Meat tenderizer
1/2 tsp. Light brown sugar
1 tsp. Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce


In a large pot simmer onion and minced garlic in 2 cups of chicken broth for 10 minutes.

Add Hunt's tomato sauce and all dry spices, except the tenderizer and sugar.

Mix well.

Brown the meat in Wesson Oil using a separate pan and drain well.

Sprinkle meat with tenderizer.

Add meat to the onion/spice mixture.

Add remaining broth and simmer for 2 1/2 hours.

Mix in brown sugar and Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce just before serving.