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ICS 1978

Nevada Annie's

 Champion Chili

Laverne Harris

World's Champion


This was an instrumental year for the Society and chili cooks world wide. Cash prize awards for chili winners was established with $15,000 going to Laverne "Nevada Annie" Harris, the 1978 World's Champion. Annie was the Nevada Champion, making it two in a row for the Nevada State Championship Chili Cookoff held every year at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, Nevada.



3 medium onions
2 medium green peppers
2 large stalks celery
2 small cloves garlic
½ (or more) small fresh Jalapeño pepper, diced
8 pounds lean chuck, coarsely ground
1 7 oz can diced green chilies
2 14½-oz cans Hunts stewed tomatoes
1 15-oz can Hunts tomato sauce
1 6-oz can Hunts tomato paste
2 3-oz bottles Gebhardt chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
Tabasco sauce to taste
1 12-oz can Budweiser beer, divided into two portions
1 12-ox bottle mineral water
2 or 3 bay leaves
garlic salt to taste
salt and pepper to taste



Dice and sauté 䁴he first five ingredients. Add the meat and brown it. Add the remaining ingredients, including ½ can beer (drink the remainder, says Annie). Add water just to cover the top of the mixture. Cook about three hours on low heat, stirring often.


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