After doing several Chili Cook Offs in Wisconsin and Illinois I decided to try my skills at developing a good Chili Verde that was not as hot as most of the "eye tearing, nose snorting" heat I'd found in most competitive prepared Chili Verdes. The first Chili Verde I made was for a Northside Indoor Winter Farmers Market in Madison, Wisconsin. That attempt was made in November 29, 2007. The original recipe was hot but not too hot. BUT, I can't seem to get back to that particular recipe. I decided to enter a January cook off in Forsyth, Illinois. The original recipe was made on 12/09/07, modified again on 01/31/08, 12/23/08 @ Rossario's CO, 12/30/08, and cooked at "The Great Forsyth Regional Chili Cook Off on Saturday January 17, 2009. Didnt win! Was in bottom third of 35 + cooks.
Hmmmmm, keep trying. Modified again 01/03/10. Did not compete at
Forsyth CO in 2010. Now I'm getting irritated about this recipe development. No more notes, etc, this recipe is just getting cooked until it is right. Watch out all my chili tasting friends-now I'm going for "Heat in the Chile". Plans are made to compete with this recipe at the same Forsyth CO on Saturday, January 15, 2011. There will be several practice cooks between now and January 14, 2011. January 12-did a Chili Sampling at Rossario's restaurant-getting closer below is revised recipe..... Wish me luck! Damn-did not win. Going to "kick it up"!
No, I will not tell you the extra secret ingredient.