2nd annual chili cook-off to benefit Chester Fire Hose

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(WTNH) — The 2nd annual chili cook-off to benefit the Chester Hose Company is happening this weekend!

The event kicks off on Saturday, February 22nd from noon until 3:00pm at Masonicare at Chester Village (317 W. Main Street, Chester).

The event is open to all with a $5 donation (children under 12 get in for free.)

All proceeds from the cook-off go to the Chester Hose Company.

Chef Matthew Whitbeck of Masonicare gives a preview of the event with a spicy black bean vegetarian chili.

Spicy Black Beans

Ingredients: Dried black beans, chopped chipotle peppers, chopped kale, chopped garlic, chopped cilantro, vegetable stock, lime zest, salt and pepper

Directions: Soak beans for up to 8 hours and strain. Add vegetable stock, chipotle peppers, chopped kale, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, vegetable stock, Lime zest, salt and pepper

Chili Vegetable Base

Ingredients: Chopped sweet potatoes, diced tri-colored bell peppers, diced white onions, chopped winter squash, local IPA beer, chili powder, curry powder, salt and pepper, granulated garlic

Directions: Sautee vegetables with chili, curry, salt and pepper, and granulated garlic. Once onions and pepper become slightly transparent then add the IPA to cook through the sweet potatoes and squash.

Add the cooked beans to the vegetable mix. The more bean broth added, the spicier the chili.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese for garnish!

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