Superbowl Chili Bowl

It’s that time again -the Superbowl has become a national holiday where friends come together for no other reason then to eat, watch TV, laugh at the commercials and socialize. In our house it is no different and it is a great opportunity to invite others to help with the food. One year we had a chili cook off which was an overwhelming success. Some friends were invited to offer up their best chili concoctions. Served up in crock pots allowed for the chili judges to graze all afternoon long. One friend brought white chili made with chicken, white beans and a white sauce. It was delicious, the recipe follows. Another made a chunky beef and tomato with the a variety of hot and sweet peppers added to the mix. Another made a more traditional chili but offered condiments such as different cheeses, peppers, sour cream, chips, avocado, or chipotle chili powder to add to her chili and make it their own. The rest of the meal was rounded out by appetizers to kick off the afternoon, a variety of salads, provided by those not entered onto the chili cook off, and finished off by easy finger desserts. All were winners in the cook off competition and no one went home hungry!

White Chili Recipe:
(North Woods Chowder)

3 cups chicken broth
4 cups  white beans or cubed peeled potatoes 
1 cup sliced carrot
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup diced onions
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
Bring the above ingredients to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes or until veggies are tender.  
Add 2 (17 oz.) cans of creamed corn
1 cup raw wild rice (precook before adding to soup mixture)
3 cups cooked chicken
1/2 cup precooked chopped bacon
Heat 4 cups milk or half and half and 1/2 cup flour until bubbly and continue cooking for one minute stirring constantly.  Add this to soup mixture and heat up, but do not boil.

Serve with salad and bread if desired