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Sunday, April 19, 2009

South Bethlehem's Spring on Fourth 11th Annual Chili Taste-Off

Enjoy the Entertainment of Spring on Fourth, Visit Southside Merchants,

Sample Chili During the 11th Annual Taste-Off! (Can you sample all 30??)

It’s time again to ready your taste buds, have your water bottle full and look forward to some serious sampling during this Saturday’s 11th annual chili taste-off as part of South Bethlehem’s Spring on Fourth Event.

More than 30 restaurants and organizations are preparing their favorite versions of the Tex-Mex dish and will offer samples to attendees.
From noon to 2 p.m., patrons may purchase tickets for 3 samples for $1 and visit locations throughout the southside for tastings.

While traditional chili is made with ground beef, variations -- either geographic or by personal preference -- may substitute different types of meat (or go meatless) and can also include tomatoes, beans, or other ingredients, be slightly spicy or Knock Your Socks Off HOT!
The name "chili con carne" is a variation of the Spanish chile con carne, which means "peppers with meat." Chili con carne is the official dish of the state of Texas and can be found worldwide in local variations.
Naturally, Bethlehem has its special versions of the dish.
From bananas, to chocolate, to beer and all types of sausages, the ingredients in the chili up for judging reflect a heap of creativity. Many restaurants have made their signature dishes for years; others are mixing it up with some new twists. Back again with its signature Ho Chorizo Chili will be the Tally Ho and not to be missed is De Ja Brew’s Chili Davis. A perennial favorite is Cindy’s Vegetarian Chili ladled up at Godfrey Daniels.
Tallarico’s Chocolates on Third Street has captured the Peoples Choice Award for two years. Don’t miss this one, as Brian again will spoon out samples of his tasty Chili laced with Chocolate.
After the judges make their way around to all locations and choose the winner, you can hear the announcement live here on WDIY at 4 p.m.
In addition to the chili tasting, Spring On Fourth will offer entertainment from noon to 4 p.m. in the form of music concerts at several locations, clowns, a Cops ‘n Kids reading celebration event and skateboard and BMX demonstrations. It’s a great family day and it’s free of charge. AND, at 4 p.m. WDIY will host a free concert in the Wachovia Bank Building lot featuring the Doug Hawk Proposition. Entry is free, but attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable item for the New Bethany Ministries soup kitchen.
Traditional AND Unique Chili Recipes
Crock Pot Turkey Chili Recipe
Put this chili together in the morning and by dinner time you will have a wonderful chili dish! This turkey chili recipe is also great for those watching their weight, since turkey is a leaner alternative to ground beef.
• 2 pounds ground turkey• 1 cup chopped onion• 4 large garlic cloves, chopped• 1/2 cup green peppers, diced• 1 cup chicken broth• 2 teaspoon dried cumin• 1 teaspoon dried oregano• 1teaspoon chili powder• 1/2 teaspoon salt• 1 teaspoon ground black pepper• 1 can refried beans• 2 15 to 16oz cans of kidney beans (not drained)
In a large skillet, brown ground turkey and drain. Add all ingredients to crock pot except the can of refried beans. Cover and cook on low 2 hours. Add refried beans to chili for thickening. Cover and cook on low for an additional 2 hours.

Chili Con Carne Recipe with Dark Stout

1 1/2 lbs ground beef

2 cups chopped yellow onions

1 cup chopped green bell peppers

4 teaspoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon Essence of Emeril

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1 (15 ounce) can stewed canned tomatoes

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon brown sugar

16 oz. Guinness or another stout

2-3 cans of various beans (Light and dark red kidney, white beans, black)

1 cup shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped Jalapeno for topping


Brown the meat and stir to break up the pieces. Add the onion, green bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, Essence, salt, cumin, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add drained tomatoes, the tomato paste, sugar, and beer to the pot. Stir well and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, add the cans of beans and simmer uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.


4 slices bacon, diced

2 tbsp. oil

1 c. chopped onion

1 lb. ground beef

28 oz. can tomatoes

1 - 3 tbsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. ground unsweetened chocolate

1 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. pepper

16 oz. can kidney beans

1/2 c. chopped green pepper
In a heavy saucepan, saute bacon; stir in oil and onion. Add meat and cook until brown. Add tomatoes, chili powder, ground chocolate, garlic salt, cumin, and pepper; heat to boiling. Add kidney beans and green pepper. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes.

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