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Chili, the sweet and spicy way (a crockpot recipe)

Source:  Jake Przespo

Source: Jake Przespo

On Monday, the staff of our office gathered for the ISDA chili cook-off.  Every year in the dead of winter, a handful of ISDA staff sign-up to bring a unique chili recipe to be tested by a panel of judges.  We assemble in our conference room, place chili in bowls to ensure anonymity, and let the judges begin testing.  This year, there were three prizes that were up for grabs:  Grand Prize, People’s Choice, and Most Indiana Sourced Products.

Although I didn’t take home the Grand Prize, my chili recipe did win People’s Choice and Most Indiana Sourced products.

I created this recipe from scratch.  Stopping by Wal-Mart on my way home from visiting my fiancé, I picked up a few things that sounded good to me (namely Red Gold’s Petite Diced Tomatoes with Chipotle).  When I arrived home, I took a pound of ground beef from the freezer and raided the pantry to find the ingredients I wanted to use.

Too my dismay, I couldn’t find any chili powder in my pantry!  So I modified this recipe I found on Pinterest.

In my opinion, chili is the perfect winter food: hearty and hot while offering endless possibilities in terms of taste and texture.

Here’s my prize-winning (never thought I’d ever be able to say that about my cooking 🙂 ) recipe for my Sweet & Spicy Chili.  (Indiana sourced ingredients are in italics)


  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 lb. of ground beef
  • 46 oz. of Red Gold Tomato Juice*
  • 14.5 oz of Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 14.5 oz of Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with chipotle
  • 32 oz of Bush’s Chili Beans, medium sauce
  • 1 ½ T of sorghum
  • 2 T smoked paprika
  • 2 t oregano
  • 1 ¼ t cumin
  • 1 ¼ t garlic powder
  • 1 t cayenne pepper**
  • 3/4 t onion powder


  • Brown the ground beef with the diced onion.
  • Combine all ingredients in a crockpot, and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Serve over rice and topped with cheese and sour cream, if desired.

*Feel free to use any brand of tomato products you like.  Red Gold is my favorite, and what helped earn me my Indiana !

**One teaspoon of cayenne pepper was a bit too much for me.  When I make this recipe again, I’ll reduce the cayenne pepper to ½ – ¾ of a teaspoon.

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Harvest is approaching…

The following is an excerpt from “A Friend to the Farmer,” the latest installment of ISDA In-Depth.  To read the complete article, click here.

Photo by: Rothwell

Photo by: Rothwell

Harvest time is quickly approaching as rows of corn and soybeans are slowly drying out across Indiana. Over the next few months, farmers will harvest their crops and haul them to local grain elevators to sell their 2013 bounty.

But like any area of commerce, things can go wrong in Indiana’s grain industry.  Grain may not be accurately weighed going in and out of the elevator, creating a discrepancy between what farmers sell and what they get paid. Or, farmers may sell their grain to an elevator, and the promise of payment may go unfilled.

Since the early 1970s, the Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency (IGBWLA) has worked to ensure that farmers are protected in the grain industry while creating an environment for the industry to be competitive, innovative and efficient. IGBWLA accomplishes  this mission through issuing licenses to grain firms and auditing the licensed firms to ensure integrity and consistency in their business practices.

To read the rest of the article and hear from IGBWLA Director Jerome Hawkins, click here. For more information on IGBWLA, visit ISDA’s website.

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