Portland vs. South Portland chili cookoff

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Portland vs South Portland chili cookoff

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- On Sunday, the Giants and the Patriots face off in the Superbowl -- a game many New Englanders will watch -- some rooting for the Pats, some rooting for New York.

We thought, we'd have our own local rivalry here in our NEWS CENTER kitchen studio. In this special version of Fire It Up, Portland competes against South Portland for the best chili recipe (a popular dish in fire houses.)  Lee Nelson and Sharon Rose decide who the winner is.





Portland's Chili (via Pete Morrison)

1/2 lb. dry pinto or kidney beans

2 14.5 ounce cans tomatoes

1.5 lbs. ground turkey, browned & drained

1 pkg. red pepper chicken sausage

1/2 lb. hot italian sausage

2 med. onions, coarsely chopped

1 green pepper, coarsely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2-3 tbls chili powder

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp cumin

salt to taste

Cholula hot sauce to taste (usually about half the bottle)

Completely soften beans.  Put all ingredients in a Crock Pot in order listed.  Stir once.  Cover and cook on low 10-12 hours (or high 5-6 hours).  Note: 2 16-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained, may be substituted for dry beans.

South Portland's Chili (via Paul Salway)

2 lbs. hamburger

15.5 oz. can chili beans in sauce

14.5 oz. can petite cut diced tomatoes

8 oz. can of tomato sauce

1 sm. onion

1 red chili pepper

1 Serrano or Anaheim pepper

1 tsp minced garlic

2 tbls olive oil

2 cups water

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tbls crushed red pepper

1 tbls cayenne pepper

1 tbls Mexican (preferred) or Italian oregano

2 tbls paprika

3 tbls cumin

½ cup of chili powder

2 tbls chile habanero (green) hot sauce

3 tbls Chalula or other red hot sauce

Brown the hamburger in a skillet over medium heat and drain grease. Preheat the oil in a 5 quart or larger saucepan over medium-low heat. Dice the onion and chili peppers (remove the seeds from the chili peppers) and add them to the oil. Season with salt and pepper. When the onions are translucent (about three to five minutes) reduce the heat to low and add the garlic. Simmer for about three more minutes. Add the beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and hot sauce. Next add the hamburger and water. Stir in the spices until mixed well. Simmer about 2-3 three hours until chili starts to thicken. Add more hot sauce and cayenne if desired. Ladle into bowls and serve.


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