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CanuckBob


Jan 11, 2015, 7:07 AM

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Mexican National Chili Cook-Off

February 27, 28 & March 1, 2015

Tobolandia Water Park, Ajijic


- Improved Venue!!

- Open later!!

- New and exciting entertainment featuring Mike & The Suspects!!

$10,000 PESO GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST CHILI

$5000 PESO GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST MARGARITA

Competition entries are limited so act fast!!!

For event details, contest rules and competitor registration go to:

www.mexicannationalchilicookoff.com






Bob
Inside Lakeside
http://www.insidelakeside.com


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La Isla


Jan 11, 2015, 9:24 AM

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Since when is chili part of Mexican cuisine?


slainte39

Jan 11, 2015, 9:56 AM

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Around here....Chapala....about 30 years.
Believe it or not.....some born, bred, and buttered Mexicans participate.
I guess you could say it's a small regional Mexican cuisine.
The majority of attendees bear a Mexican resemblance.LOL


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bournemouth

Jan 11, 2015, 9:59 AM

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It may not be but the Chili Cook Off dates back to 1978 and is enjoyed by the entire community:

http://www.theguadalajarareporter.com/index.php/news/news/lake-chapala/41620-cookoff-comes-with-a-spicy-history


La Isla


Jan 11, 2015, 10:01 AM

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With so much excellent Mexican food, why the focus on something from Gringolandia that is nothing more than a watered-down (and overly-spiced) version of the real thing? I guess the Mexicans who participate have no real love of their own cooking tradition.


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rvgringo

Jan 11, 2015, 10:17 AM

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It is more than just a celebration of chile by competing cooks; it is much like a county fair with exhibits, entertainment, vendors and even a bit of a horse show event. People from all over the Lake Chapala area, and beyond, attend every year. It has become such a “Mexican event“ that it is often preceded by a parade.
Hop a bus and spend a day there; you would enjoy it.


La Isla


Jan 11, 2015, 10:28 AM

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It sounds like a lot of fun, even though (obviously) I'm not a fan of chili. Mexicans love any excuse for a celebration, which is one reason I like living here. One reason for my cranky response to the idea of a chili cook-off in Mexico is the way Mexicans often adopt customs and food from the USA because they are somehow "cooler" than native-grown varieties.


rvgringo

Jan 11, 2015, 10:42 AM

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It just occurred to me that ‘chili‘ might have originated in Mexico; the part that the USA swiped around 1848. I know that the really hot peppers, and dishes that they inhabit, were popular there and still are today. Now they call it New Mexico.
Can you believe this: A technician, who visited our home in Tucson recently, had absolutely no idea that Arizona and the rest of the Southwest, was once Mexico. He did know how to fix the furnace, though.


La Isla


Jan 11, 2015, 10:52 AM

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It may not be but the Chili Cook Off dates back to 1978 and is enjoyed by the entire community:

http://www.theguadalajarareporter.com/index.php/news/news/lake-chapala/41620-cookoff-comes-with-a-spicy-history


As I had imagined, this event was started and promoted by gringos living in Chapala, and apparently most of the winners of the competition have been from NOB too. It may be enjoyed by the entire community but has very little to do with Mexico.


slainte39

Jan 11, 2015, 12:13 PM

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You must be very sad that in Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city, you can find food from Chinalandia, Japanlandia, Thailandia, Argentinelandia, Germanlandia, and a few other "landias" that are patronized by mostly Mexicans who do not share your view that they should be as one-dimensionlized in their eating habits as you would like them to be.
Why I even know Chinese restaurants that are owned by Mexicans and don't even have a Chinese chef.


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DavidHF

Jan 11, 2015, 5:52 PM

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La Isla,
Chili Cook-offs are held all over the world! They are to determine who gets to compete in the World Championship. It's about CHILI not about Americans, Candians, Mexican or Mexico. People love chili all over the world!

http://www.chilicookoff.com/


La Isla


Jan 11, 2015, 6:00 PM

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I had no idea this was an international phenomenon, perhaps because I'm not a fan of chili. Now if it were an international banana bread bake-off, I might be more informed about this culinary competition.


rvgringo

Jan 12, 2015, 11:04 AM

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Some lead very sheltered lives. :)


La Isla


Jan 12, 2015, 11:08 AM

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Some lead very sheltered lives. :)


A sheltered life, not me!


rvgringo

Jan 12, 2015, 11:11 AM

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Some lead very sheltered lives. :)


A sheltered life, not me!



La Isla


Jan 12, 2015, 11:25 AM

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Some lead very sheltered lives. :)


A sheltered life, not me!



Ah, ha. A message to me written in invisible ink!


rvgringo

Jan 12, 2015, 12:36 PM

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As a Spanish teacher, you must have heard that well known phrase, “Chile con carne, por favor“.
I have no idea how it vanished from my earlier reply.


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playaboy

Jan 12, 2015, 12:54 PM

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The Chili Cook-offs are an American tradition that has gone international. Why shouldn't Mexican's enjoy this new tradition too?

In my previous life, I was a food concessionaire at the ICS World Championships. I participated for about 10 years. Chili chef's, that won cook-offs, from every corner of the world competed for a $25,000 1st prize. It was a great family event and a great show for me $$$$$.


La Isla


Jan 12, 2015, 1:18 PM

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As a Spanish teacher, you must have heard that well known phrase, “Chile con carne, por favor“.
I have no idea how it vanished from my earlier reply.


Never heard that phrase in Mexico, nor in any Spanish classes I've taken or taught. Maybe we live in different linguistic universes!


rvgringo

Jan 12, 2015, 2:50 PM

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Actually, there is a very good bowl of chili con carne or chile con frijoles available in Chapala, at José‘s place on the south exterior wall of the mercado publico. Very tasty stuff, as are all of his dishes.


chris cooper

Jan 13, 2015, 8:35 PM

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As a Spanish teacher, you must have heard that well known phrase, “Chile con carne, por favor“.
I have no idea how it vanished from my earlier reply.


In Mexico, you would hear, carne con chile and it could be a number of different guisados.


slainte39

Jan 13, 2015, 10:25 PM

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Ah yes, guisados, never two alike.
My consuegra makes me carne en su jugo....I add the chile.


tashby


Jan 14, 2015, 5:51 PM

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La Isla, with all respect, you really took this thread on a ride. 8-)

Now I want to make a giant pot of my famous Carne y Frijoles con Chiles. My Spanish teacher, who is from Guadalajara and has never set foot in the US and had never heard of the dish until a few years ago, absolutely raved about mine when I brought him some. He asked me if I compete in the event, and I said, "They won't allow me to participate." He nodded and replied, "Only for amateurs."

Now it's cold out and I'm starving for it!!!


La Isla


Jan 14, 2015, 6:38 PM

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As a Spanish teacher, you must have heard that well known phrase, “Chile con carne, por favor“.
I have no idea how it vanished from my earlier reply.


In Mexico, you would hear, carne con chile and it could be a number of different guisados.


I live in Mexico City and have never heard of "carne con chile" or seen it offered on restaurant menus or for sale at food stands on the street. Maybe it's a regional difference in how "guisados" are referred to. Of course, "tacos de guisado" are popular here, and I have enjoyed eating them from time to time.


La Isla


Jan 14, 2015, 6:41 PM

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La Isla, with all respect, you really took this thread on a ride. 8-)


Thanks for your polite response to my somewhat cantankerous attitude toward chili, which I'll admit I´ve never eaten. It's not very popular where I'm from in the States, so that's my excuse.
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