Chili and Salsa Tasting/ Judging instructions from the
Chili Pepper Brewfest
Beer and pretty much anything is a perfect pairing but now it’s official. I’ve just received my chili judging instructions from the masters of the “Chili Pepper Brew Fest” and received the “Official” definitions of what chili and salsa are and what they are not and that Beer is one of the preferred palate cleansers for official tastings.
- Traditional Red Chili: Any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA, which are strictly forbidden.
- Chili Verde: Any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with green chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA, which are strictly forbidden.
- Salsa: There are no rules as to the ingredients or how to prepare Salsa. It may be prepared at home and brought to the site that day, it may be store bought and brought to the site, or it may be prepared at the Cook-off. It may also be a fruit salsa. There really are no rules for salsa, except the turn-in time.
Judges are asked to select the most flavorful chili that has flavor that permeates the meat and that has no dominant flavor, except chili. Chili should taste like chili – not like a barbecue sauce, tomato sauce, spaghetti, or any other familiar foods.
Your palate cleaning liquids of choice are: Beer, water, and club soda – The head judge doesn’t allow other forms of liquids because they affect your chili palate. (Celery and tortillas are the other choice)
Um.. Beer Me!