4 XTREME Chili Dishes to Spice Up Your Chili Bowl 2019 | Xtreme Racing & Entertainment

White knuckles. Spraying mud. Roaring engines mixing with the roar of the crowd.

Since its foundation in 1987, the Chili Bowl has turned the Tulsa Expo Center into a carnival of speed, gasoline, and unbeatable excitement. In the shadow of the Golden Driller, racing fans from all around America converge on Tulsa to watch "The Super Bowl of Midget Racing."

And it's easy to see why. The action is unlike anything else:

Bob Berryhill, a Tulsa businessman who owned a company called "Original Chili Bowl" sponsored the first event - giving the race its appetizing name. Even though the sponsorship ended a long time ago, the spicy title stuck, and got us thinking about some of the best chili-centric tailgate and viewing party dishes we ever tasted. 

Here are our top four flavorful, meaty mashups for making your Chili Bowl just a little bit more Xtreme:

1. Chili Mac N Cheese

Good on their own but better together, Chili and Mac 'n Cheese are a match made in mouth heaven. Try this one-pot recipe for a finish-line feeling with every bite!

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup white kidney beans
  • 3/4 cup red kidney beans
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder (or more, if you're feeling spicy)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt & pepper
  • 10 ounces elbow pasta
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large skillet on medium high heat
  • Add garlic, onion, and ground beef and cooked for 3-5 minutes until browned
  • Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, and spices
  • Bring mixture to simmer and stir in pasta
  • Bring mixture to boil, cover
  • Reduce heat and simmer 13-15 minutes until pasta is cooked
  • Remove from heat, dump in that cheddar, stir, and then re-cover for about 2 minutes (or until cheese melts)

If you're feeling fancy, top your Chili Mac 'n Cheese with fresh parsley or cilantro before serving. If you're not, just chow down!

2. Chili Dog Pizza

This next one is only for those with XTREME appetites. Part chili, part hot dog, and part pizza, this flavor Frankenstein is scary good (and scary easy to make).

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 1 lb pizza dough
  • 2 1/2 cups of your favorite chili
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (because of course)
  • 4 hot dogs, sliced into discs
  • 1 red onion, diced

Directions

  • Preheat over to 500 Degrees
  • Grease 16" pan with olive oil, roll the dough to fit your pan
  • Spread chili over top of dough
  • Top with cheddar and sliced hot dogs
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and crust is browned
  • Sprinkle raw diced red onion

Pairs perfectly with a hot race and a cold beer. Just make sure you make enough to get a slice! It goes fast.

3. Buffalo Chicken Chili

For all the buffalo wing lovers out there, this classic just got remixed for the crisp January air. Warming you up in more ways than one, this Chili is as close as you can get to eating buffalo sauce with a spoon without looking like a crazy person. 

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 lb ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or more if you can handle it!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 2-4 tablespoons (depending on how XTREME of heat you want) of your favorite hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of good ol' ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar (starting to see a pattern in these recipes?)
  • 1 green onion, chopped

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large pot
  • Add chicken, white onion, and carrot and cook until browned
  • Add garlic & spices, cook for another minute
  • Stir in broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, and beans
  • Bring mixture to boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes
  • Stir in hot sauce, ranch, and cheddar
  • Simmer for ten more minutes
  • Sprinkle raw green onions on top at serving

Now that's how you do hearty heat! If you're feeling super XTREME, use Tabasco Scorpion Sauce for your hot sauce... but fair warning, you're going to sweat.

4. Frito Pie Chili Biscuit Skillet

Fritos, biscuits, chili... The crunch of this dish is music to our taste buds. And yeah, it's heavy, but you're not going to diet on race day - are you?

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (or more... you know the drill)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup crushed Fritos
  • 16 ounce can biscuits
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (obviously)

Directions

  • Heat oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat
  • Brown beef, breaking it into pieces with spatula
  • Add onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, until softened
  • Add beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices
  • Stir until mixture is thickened and cooked through
  • Remove from heat
  • Stir in crushed Fritos
  • Preheat oven to temperature indicated on biscuit tube
  • Nestle biscuits into Frito Chili mixture and sprinkle cheddar on top
  • Bake for time indicated on biscuit tube
  • Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving

Now that's what I call All-American awesome, just like the Chili Bowl!

Did you enjoy these recipes but found yourself hungry for a little something... more? Chili is good, but it can't give you that real Chili Bowl Racer feeling - so try the next best thing: High-speed Kart racing at Xtreme! Heart-pounding indoor racing excitement is as easy as walking through the door.