America's Best Firehouse Chili - Round Two

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America's Best Firehouse Chili - Round Two

Food & Drink

America's Best Firehouse Chili - Round Two


We don’t often write about contests; but, I have a special place in my heart for firefighters, and this contest combines three favorite things: firefighters, cooking competitions, and philanthropy. It’s time to crown the second annual best firehouse chili in the nation in the America’s Best Firehouse Chili  national recipe and cooking competition.

Last year, HORMEL® Chili partnered with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to host an inaugural nationwide contest to find America’s Best Firehouse Chili. The competition provided firefighters across the country the opportunity to submit chili recipes for the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize for the station – and chili to stock the firehouse pantry for a year.

It’s Time For Round Two!

From now through July 2, 2018, firefighters may submit chili recipes to for judging. Hormel Foods will select five finalists, from different regions within the U.S. (North, South, East, West and Midwest). The finalists are flow to New York City to compete in a live cook-off to win the grand prize. Judging criteria: originality, flavor and the inspiration behind the recipe. For some inspiration scroll down for some favorite recipes from our archives.

Last year, firefighter, Jeremy Chauvin of Edgard, Louisiana, took home the grand prize with his recipe for “Spencer Way” chili. It’s been passed down through his family and is named in honor of his late brother, who was also a firefighter. Chauvin says he entered last year to shine light on his brother’s story.

A Fallen Hero

“Spencer was my fire department’s district chief, who died in the line of duty just months before I heard about the contest,” Chauvin says. “After hearing the makers of HORMEL Chili were supporting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, where my brother was being honored later that year, it just seemed like it was meant to be. This was one of the proudest moments for me, my family and my department. I could not think of a better way to share my brother’s story and continue his legacy.”

In addition to the grand prize, HORMEL Chili will also present $20,000 to the NFFF. Congress established the organization to honor fallen firefighters in 1992. All runner’s up receive chili to stock the their firehouses’ kitchens for a year.

I Play A Firefighter On TV

Jason George, star of ABC’s new hit show, Station 19, will be a guest judge. The Grey’s Anatomy spinoff features George, reprising the role of Ben Warren, on his journey from surgeon to firefighter. In addition to playing a firefighter, the actor is dedicated to giving back to the firefighting community and highlighting their service.

This year’s contest was officially announced at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The FDIC is a six-day conference, full of workshops, seminars, competitions, networking and more.

For updates on contest results:

Title photo by Andrew Seaman on Unsplash.

A Little Inspiration

Cincinnati Style Chili

Cincinnati-Style Chili. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

The “Natti” is renowned for its chili. There are more than 180 chili parlors located in the area. Here’s a classic recipe for Cincinnati-style chili that everyone will enjoy, wherever they’re from. Recipe here.

Chili 7 Ways

Chili 7 Ways. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Delicious slow-simmered chili, ladled over your favorite pasta, with an assortment of toppings, including shredded cheddar cheese, fresh chopped tomatoes, diced red onions, sour cream, ripe diced avocados and tortilla chips. Recipe here.

Veggie Chili

Veggie Chili

Veggie Chili. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Here’s a terrific chili recipe for vegetarians or people who are simply cutting back on their meat consumption. It’s brimming with all kinds of good things like plum tomatoes, eggplant, edamame, garlic, onions, garbanzo and cannellini beans. Even meat lovers will enjoy it! Recipe here.

Chicken And White Bean Chili

Chicken and White Bean Chili

Chicken and White Bean Chili. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Here’s a crowd-pleasing, white-meat alternative to chili made with beef. This White Chicken Chili is ideal for eating while binge watching your favorite shows, watching your favorite sports on television or any casual gathering. Recipe here.


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