1986 -Sespe Creek Chili

byJim Beaty


Jim Beaty, the Oregon champion, took home the $25,000 check and title of World's Champion by defeating 78 other State and Regional champions from around the world. A tradition was started at the 20th Annual World's Championship as ICS Governors Tom Deemer and Bill Ray led the crowd in "God Bless America" to officially start the cookoff. Sherre Mesker has continued that tradition at all World's Championships as well as many local cookoffs.


2 1/2 lbs Sirloin cut into 3/8 cubes
2 tablespoons Wesson Oil
5 cloves garlic crushed into paste
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1/2 8-oz can Hunts Tomato Sauce
1/2 10 1/2-oz can beef broth
1 10 1/2-oz can chicken broth
8 tablespoons Gebhardt Chili Powder
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons hot New Mexico Chili Powder (depending on heat desired)
2 boiling onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped yellow onions
1/2 teaspoon mole (optional)
1/8 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 tablespoon MSG
1 teaspoon Tabasco Pepper Sauce


Brown meat 1 pound at a time in oil.

Drain and put in chili pot with chopped onions, beef broth, chicken broth, chili powder, oregano, cumin and chopped boiling onions.

Mix well and simmer for 2 hours then add crushed garlic, seasoned salt, tomato sauce, New Mexico Chili Powder, mole, coriander and MSG.

Cook 20 minutes then add Tabasco Pepper Sauce and use beef broth to thin.

Salt to taste.