Eva’s Lens: Chili Cook-off

Nine entered. One won. And I came in second!

My fiancé and I were invited to our first chili cook-off a few weeks back. This annual competition happens every Fall; around 30 people get together to watch a Patriots game (because when you live in New England and aren’t watching football on Sunday there’s something wrong with you!) and eat good food.

Being newbies and not knowing what to expect, I decided to make a bean and quinoa based chili with no meat. Shocking I know. The recipe was very simple, I let it cook for a few hours and let my crock pot do the work. I substituted cilantro for scallions and put the cooked quinoa in last minute so it wouldn’t soak up all the sauce. Other than that, follow the recipe and you’ll be golden.

Mine is on the left
Mine is on the left

Every chili was different. All chilis had meat except mine–some chicken, some turkey, some steak, some beef. Another funky one I enjoyed was the chili with the frito chip on top!

Nine crock pots lined the counters as the chefs “plated” each chili. After teams tried each chili, everyone voted on their favorite flavor.

Mine is on the bottom row

The chili that came in first really was delicious; it was the one I voted for. There was even homemade corn bread that went on top too.


The chili cook-off made for an enjoyable afternoon of meeting new people and lots of delicious food! And to top it off the Patriots won.

Have you ever been in a food competition similar to this one?

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Eva joined Wonderlost as a contributor and finds great joy partnering with her best friend Erin! She enjoys the creativity writing gives and loves travel, tea time, planning, spontaneity, photography and putting the extra in the ordinary. Eva wants to share bits and pieces of her experiences to our readers in hopes they have the urge to plan their next adventure!

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