1981 World Championship Butterfield Stageline Chili

1981 World Championship Butterfield Stageline Chili

1981 World Championship Butterfield Stageline Chili

Back in 1981 Fred Drexel and his wife snagged a $20,000 paycheck with this recipe at the 15th annual world’s championship chili cook-off. It is hearty. The kind of chili that doesn’t mess around. No room for much fluff like tomatoes and certainly no room for beans.

I’m a fan! Although I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated at the 12 pounds of meet the recipe requested. I was just making a mid-week dinner for my crew so I cut this down to a 1/4 batch.

Fall is here and Winter is coming…this belongs on your stove asap!

1981 World Championship Butterfield Stageline Chili

1981 World Championship Butterfield Stageline Chili

4 medium onions, minced
10 lbs lean beef brisket, finely chopped
1/4 cup oil
1 1/2 heads of garlic, minced
2 lbs ground pork
1 can (7oz) whole green chiles, minced*
1 can (15oz) tomato sauce
1 lb whole tomatoes, finely chopped
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1 Tbsp dry mustard
1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1 oz tequila
1 can beer
2 jar (3oz) chili powder*
2 beef bouillon cubes

Brown onions and beef in oil over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic, pork, chiles, cumin, oregano, salt, dry mustard, tomato sauce, tomatoes, tequila, beer, chili powder and bouillon cubes.

Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer 2-3 hours. Stir
occasionally. Do not stir the last 30 min before serving.

Serve topped with cheese, sour cream and onions. Or, if you’re a purist, keep it simple.

Makes 20-25 portions.

*I used mild chili powder and mild green chiles. They still provide a hint of kick. Amp it up if that’s more to your liking.

1981 World Championship Butterfield Stageline Chili

Brown the meat and onions together. Make sure the heat is high enough that you get a little caramel flavor from the meat and onions.

1981 World Championship Butterfield Stageline Chili

After the pork has cooked a bit and everything else at once.

1981 World Championship Butterfield Stageline Chili

Let it simmer on low, covered for 2-3 hours.

1981 World Championship Butterfield Stageline Chili

Serve with cheese, onions, sour cream, corn bread, baked potatoes…your pick!

What do you think, is this worthy of the $20,000 prize?

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2 thoughts on “1981 World Championship Butterfield Stageline Chili

  1. $20,000 – Really – I was cooking for my family back then and no one asked me to enter my chili recipe. I guess that says something about my cooking. Or maybe they just hadn’t tasted it.

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