Chili Spice Dump - What Is It?
When making chili, everyone has his or her own mix of spices they
use to bring out their favorite chili flavors. In competition
chili, cooks usually add the spices for chili in two or three spice
The first addition, or dump, occurs when cooking the chili meat.
Spices such as cumin, garlic, and red pepper are not usually put in
this first dump because they cannot withstand the prolonged cooking
times without drastically altering the flavor of the spices.
The next spice dump occurs when the sauce is cooked.
Typically, the meat and the sauce, or gravy, are cooked separately
when making competition chili. so the meat spices count as one
dump and the gravy counts as the 2nd dump.
When serving, the meat is placed in a chili competition cup then
the gravy is poured over the meat before presenting to the judges.
There are no beans in chili that is entered for judging in a
cook-off. Competitors add beans to chili that will be tasted
by spectators in order for the chili to feed more people.
Sometimes, cooks prefer to add the gravy to the meat during
cooking. If they decide upon this method, there is usually a
3rd spice dump for the final flavor. This chili spice dump
usually includes cumin, garlic, and finely ground red peppers.
These spices add more robust flavor when added at the end of a
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