The spice is right

Who will be crowned at the chili cookoff?

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Abate family

¤ Do you believe that chili makers should divulge their secret ingredient? If yes, what is your secret ingredient? Sorry, we can't help you there!

¤ What should every batch of chili have in it? Something (at least) a little hot and spicy!

¤ What is the best side dish to go with chili? Besides beer? A good crusty Italian bread or corn bread.

¤ Where did you get your chili recipe? The basis for it is from Ruth's mother, June Kubarski, of Youngstown, N.Y.

¤ What does your chili say about your personality? We're festive!

Adolfoh Pietro

¤ What should every batch of chili have in it? The spices (pepper, cumin, garlic) and tomatoes. Depends on the way you make it.

¤ If you were to rate your chili on a scale of one to 10 with 10 being the spiciest, how would you rate your chili? Eight.

¤ Where did you get your chili recipe? In my cooking career and my own experimentation.

¤ What is the spiciest thing you have ever eaten? "Chili de arbol" - the only kind of chili with lot of flavor that has no bad effect on stomach.

¤ What does your chili say about your personality? I have a lot of flavor.

Larry Hume

RL Brand of Award-Winning Cow Camp Chili

¤ 4 pounds Wyoming Salers natural ground beef

¤ 2 pounds Wyoming Salers flat iron steaks (cut into small dice)

¤ 4 large onions (diced)

¤ 2 pounds fresh roasted green chilies

¤ Chili powder to taste

¤ 1 - #10 can pinto beans

¤ 1 - #10 can kidney beans

¤ 2- #10 cans of whole tomatoes (chopped or crushed up)

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Brown ground beef and Flat Iron Steaks with onions.

Add chili powder, roasted chilies and tomatoes. Simmer 30 minutes.

Add beans and cook until flavors have blended and steak is tender.

Mae Greene

¤ What should every batch of chili have in it? Meat.

¤ What is the best side dish to go with chili? Fritos and cheese.

¤ Where did you get your chili recipe? My father-in-law.

¤ What is the spiciest thing you have ever eaten? Hot wings.

¤ What does your chili say about you? Spicy equals feisty.

¤ If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would those words be? Moody, indecisive, funny.

¤ If you could have any super power, what would it be? To be invisible.

¤ If you could trade lives with another person, who would that person be? My 8-year-old daughter, she's got it pretty good.

Dean Montgomery

¤ What should every batch of chili have in it? At least for a red chili, it needs to have cumin seasoning and a good beef stock or base to it. Too many recipes you encounter at restaurants nowadays have bland chili!

¤ What is the best side dish to go with chili? I like some toasted cheese garlic bread that you can dip or scoop up the chili with.

¤ What does your chili say about your personality? Unique and have good taste. Perhaps even beefy :

¤ If you could have any super power, what would it be? I guess if were on the topic of food, I think I would like supertastebuds. My palate could never tell the difference between similar wines or beers, so having good tasting skills wouldn't be bad.

Chrissy Plotner and Mac Brower

¤ Do you believe that chili makers should divulge their secret ingredient? No.

¤ What should every batch of chili have in it? Meat, lots of meat.

¤ If you were to rate your chili on a scale of one to 10 with 10 being the hottest, how would you rate your chili? Five.

¤ What is the best side dish to go with chili? The Gondola Pub & Grill's Bloody Mary and a side of Jameson.

¤ Where did you get your chili recipe? A chili gnome.

¤ What is the spiciest thing you have ever eaten? Suicide hot buffalo chicken wings.

¤ What does your chili say about your personality? We're full of flavor.

¤ If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would that word be? Loveable.

¤ If you could have any super power, what would it be? The ability to fly.

Wendy Lankister of Rockin' J Beef

¤ Do you believe that chili makers should divulge their secret ingredient? If yes, what is your secret ingredient? No. It wouldn't be a secret then would it? However, a special ingredient that I use is, of course, is Rockin' J Pasture Raised Beef, 100% grassfed, with no hormones or antibiotics.

¤ What should every batch of chili have in it? Rockin J' Pasture Raised Beef, and chilis.

¤ What is the best side dish to go with chili? Corn Bread.

¤ Where did you get your chili recipe? I was given this recipe by a very nice lady, and loyal Rockin' J customer from Steamboat.

¤ What is the spiciest thing you've eaten? Probably a habenero pepper.

¤ What does your chili say about your personality? That I'm a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy.

¤ If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would those words be? Tenacious, faithful, traditional.

¤ If you could have any super power, what would it be? My daughters think that I am Elasti-girl, so that would be good. They think their Daddy is Mr. Incredible.

¤ If you could trade lives with another person, who would that person be? I wouldn't trade places with anyone. I have always wanted to be a ranch-wife and mom. I am living my dream.

Tom Palmer

¤ Do you believe that chili makers should divulge their secret ingredient? If yes, what is your secret ingredient? No. Love is my secret ingredient

¤ What should every batch of chili have in it? jalapenos

¤ If you were to rate your chili on a scale of one to 10 with 10 being the hottest, how would you rate your chili? Eight or nine

¤ What is the best side dish to go with chili? Tortillas or bread and margaritas

¤ Where did you get your chili recipe? I created it

¤ What is the spiciest thing you have ever eaten? A jalapeno pizza

¤ What does your chili say about your personality? I like it hot

¤ If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would those words be? Hungry ... hungry ... hungry

¤ If you could trade lives with another person, who would that person be? Juan Valdez

Ingredients: Olive oil, yellow onions, garlic cloves, pork, flour, chicken stock, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, green chilies tomotillos, extra hot diced tomato and chili combo, white vinegar, hot sauce/peppers, yellow peppers, secret ingredient

Carl Eklund and Sean Goodale

Recipe of Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel

¤ Pork, lamb, beef, Great Northern Beans, poblanos, Anaheim peppers, jalapenos, fire-roasted tomatoes, onion, garlic, chicken stock, dried herbs, cilantro, chili spice blend

George Trujillo

¤ Do you believe that chili makers should divulge their secret ingredient? Absolutely not, it took years to make mine this way, and I shouldn't have to give it out to anybody.

¤ What is the best side dish to go with chili? I think Fritos.

¤ Where did you get your chili recipe? mother

¤ What does your chili say about your personality? That I've got a good one - good chili, good personality.

¤ If you could trade lives with another person, who would that person be? I only want to be myself, just the way I am now - an average person. I make good chili.

John Weibel will also compete in the cookoff.

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