Meat - maybe.
Beans- debatable, depending on where you're from.
Aromatics, such as onion, garlic, chilies, spices - absolutely.
Vegetables - peppers and chopped tomatoes often, but others may apply.
Chili. A dish that has as many opinions as creators, and starts more arguments than it settles. But always a lively topic. And nowhere more so than at the North Palm Beach Hot Cars & Chili Cookoff today at Anchorage Park. The show, which benefits the town's youth recreation programs, featured an open car show and over a dozen teams vying for judges' and people's choice awards. And if a bowl and red-and-whatever was not your thing, you could try Georgia Boy and Ethel's Famous Wings or Herbeque's BBQ.
Among the chili cookoff contestants:
- Burger Bar of Palm Beach Gardens, with a thick chili that started sweet and then bit you with a little heat.
- Fifty Shades of Chili (North Palm Beach Library staff), offered a mild chili and an assortment of hot sauces.
- Fire House Chili (Palm Beach County Fire Rescue) served up a well-flavored bowl that was saucier than most.
- Buck 'n Beans used venison in their chili, for a different take on the classic.
- Sailfish Marina went off the deep end of the pier with a seafood chili. More of a soup than a chili consistency, it was very different - and very good.
- Chili Chili Bang Bang - A pleasant, all-around chili. Good on its own or as a topping for any kind of meat.
- Bright Futures Academy Garden Chili - A vegetarian version served over brown rice. A good concept, and a nice alternative for the meatless crowd.
And of course, there were the cars, and the people who love and care for those cars and who are willing to take the time to bring them out for a good cause. Cars, chili, a good crowd and cold beer: a perfect way to spend the day for a good cause.