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Winning Recipe From BRIGHT-FM’s Chili Cook-off

SHINE FM employees standing in a line outside with distance between them while all wearing face masks
October 30, 2020

Last week, BRIGHT-FM held it’s annual chili cook-off. Due to COVID-19, the event looked a bit different this year with social-distancing and masks, but we were still able to crown a winner. In first place was Todd Gaddy, BRIGHT-FM’s Assistant Program Director. This was a major comeback story seeing as Todd came in dead-last in 2019’s chili competition. We love an underdog!

Luckily for you, Todd was willing to share with us his award-winning recipe so you can taste it for yourself (and maybe make it to enter in a future chili competition πŸ˜‰)

Sweet-and-Spicy Beef Chili – courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen


1 ΒΌ pounds 85 percent lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons minced canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (16-ounce) can Bush’s Original Recipe Baked Beans
1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
2 ears corn, kernels cut from cobs
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)


Cook beef, onion, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink and onion is softened, about 8 minutes.

Stir in chipotle, garlic, and cumin and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Stir in beans, tomatoes and their juice, and corn and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve, sprinkled with cheddar.

If you need inspiration to get started, just look at Todd (to the right) with his well-earned Chili Champ trophy!

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