Spotlight Thursday- Terlingua International Chili Championship

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I am a sucker for a good food festival.  In their four short years on this planet, my kids have sampled heirloom varietals at the Tomato Festival, enjoyed some bayou home cooking at the Crawdad Festival, and even chomped on deep fried asparagus at the Asparagus Festival.  Food festivals help bring people together to experience good music, interesting vendors, a social atmosphere, and of course, incredible food.

As the fall weather settles in and most crop based festivals have retired for the season, the country turns to a dish known to warm up our bellies and clear our sinuses with incredible flavor and comfort- chili.  Texas prides itself on being the chili capital of the world, and to show it love for all things chili, it hosts the Terlingua International Chili Championship.  This is the granddaddy of all chili cook-offs, drawing 10,000 chili fanatics every fall  to Terlingua, which is a ghost town for the rest of the year.  The competition literally doubles the size of Brewster County, a sparsely populated county in the Big Bend region of Texas.  Just reading about how serious these cooks take their chili makes me want to plan our future trip to Big Bend National Park around chili cook-off time.

Photo courtesy: Jason Ezell/CASI/Brewster County Tourism

I have to admit, I make a pretty darn good chili- but evidently, my chili would be inadmissible for competition.  You see, Texans believe beans have no place in real chili, and I happen to disagree.   However, beans or no beans, the thought of taking the kids out to West Texas to sample the best chili in the country sounds like a blast to me.  In addition to chili, competitions for the best salsa, beans, and hot wings, all in a makeshift campground/fairground out in the desert.  So strap on those boots, grab yer hat, and head on down to Terlingua with the kids for a nice bowl of red.

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Sharlene Earnshaw (aka doubleadventure) is Blogger-in-chief for Trekaroo and the blogger behind Double the Adventure.

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Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 10-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.
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