Chili championship

| May 01, 2006

TravelCenters of America is offering the chance to show off your chili-cooking skills and win cash in the TA National Chili Cook Off.

Whether you like it hot or mild, with or without beans, full of meat or heavy on tomato, TravelCenters of America is offering the chance to show off your chili-cooking skills and win cash in the TA National Chili Cook Off.

Truckers will compete for a top prize of $5,000, and the winning recipe will be featured on TA restaurant menus across the country.

“From talking to our customers, we know that a lot of professional drivers like to perfect their very own chili creations when they’re not on the road,” says Paul Huckelberry, vice president of restaurants, TA. “The TA National Chili Cook Off is an opportunity to share their secrets and to debunk the myth that firefighters are the experts when it comes to chili.”

Entries received by May 15 will be eligible for one of five Regional Cook Offs to be held in June. The regional contest will be held at the following TA locations:

  • The Harborcreek (Erie), Pa., on June 3

  • Ontario East, Calif., San Antonio, Texas, and Maybrook, N.Y., on June 10
  • Wildwood, Fla., on June 17.

Fellow drivers and community residents will judge the regional contestants’ chili concoctions. The regional winners will each receive $2,000 plus an additional $500 in travel expenses for their trip to the TA National Chili Cook Off near TA’s Cleveland Headquarters at the TA Lodi, Ohio, location on July 22.

Contest rules and entry forms are available at TA restaurants and online at this site.

Reader Recipes

1 oven bag
1 tray pork chops
6 small potatoes
1 large onion
1 large green pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Heavy aluminum foil

Salt and pepper chops; place in oven bag. Cut potatoes however you want and do the same with onion, peppes and any veggies you like. Salt and pepper them, too, and place in the bag with the chops. Pour mushroom soup in bag over everything and add 1 cup water.

Tie up bag with tie. Take heavy aluminum foil and fold over. Place oven bag on foil and seal the bag all over with foil so that nothing can leak out. Don’t close it up too tight, so it will not burst the oven bag.

Lift the hood to your truck and place meal on the manifold or as close as you can to motor. Close hood, and you are ready to go down the road. Meal will cook in maybe one hour; it all depends on your motor.

When my husband and I drove, we cooked all our meals this way – any types of meats, veggies, desserts.
Submitted by Pat Suther

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