Originally posted by Scorereader
Originally posted by MiamiDon
They're nuts. The original authentic chili is made with chunks of meat.
FWIW, my Texas friends tell me that one can get "chili grind" beef in the markets there. Evidently it is run just once through a grinder with a 1/2" plate, and is a convenient compromise.
really? If one believes chili was invented in Texas, then one would have to subscribe to the idea that dried beef, probably pulled into shreded pieces, would likelyt be the "original authentic chili," not cubed or chunked meat. Even chili in Texas today doesn't commonly use dried beef.
Chili, today in the US, has cast such a wide net of styles, that it's difficult to believe that all chili dishes owe their origins to Texans. Especially of one does a little research. Meat sauces are so common among ethnicities, one could even argue that those lonesome cowboys in Texans were merely making a meat sauce using the ingeedients they had access to: dried beef, peppers, water.
As per beans in chili, even sactioned events have an entire category of chili that must include either beans or pasta. That catagory is rated and a winner is selected. And, as I've said before, the only reason sanctioned events have such limiting factors on the ingredients isn't because their competition defines chili, rather the rules are in place in order to produce chilis that can actually be compared to each other. If the ingredient list was wide, it would be very difficult to judge the varying styles. In addition, competition chili, in general, is much hotter than any chili actually served from a restaurant. Chili parlors would go out of business if they only served competition style chili. Which brings the whole idea that competition chili is any more "authentic" than other chilis into suspicion.
Anyway, as per the topic, the judges should've selected the best tasting, rather than best of the style they were most comfortable with, since there doesn't seem to have been a limitation on style. Therefore, I agree with Foodbme, that you, mikez629, are the winner!
Take a bow sir! your chili looks mighty fine.