1984 -Bottom Of The Barrel Gang Ram Tough Chili

byDusty Hudspeth


Dusty Hudspeth, the Texas State Champion from Irving, Texas, bought her family a new house with the $25,000 prize money she won as the 1984 World Champion. Allison Taylor, the Sierra Nevada Regional Champion, was second; Steve Wolf, the Nevada State champ, was third; Irene Menchaca, California State Champion, fourth; and Carol Hancock, Tropico/Antelope Valley Regional Champ, took fifth place. Four women were in the top five and you guys were saying "women can't cook chili".


2 lbs beef chili grind
1 8-oz can Hunts Tomato Sauce
1 onion finely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup Gebhardt Chili Powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 can beer
1 tablespoon Wesson Oil


Sear meat in covered 2 quart pan with Wesson Oil.

Add tomato sauce, onion and garlic powder, cover and simmer for 30 minues, stirring occasionally.

Add remaining ingredients and stir, simmer for one hour.

Add water if necessary.

Serve with side dishes of pinto beans, chopped onions and grated cheddar cheese for garnishes.