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Smokeshow chili

Would it be overkill to call this an award winning  chili if it came in second place at my company's chili cookoff?!? Well, maybe so, but I'm going to anyways.  I'm not a huge chili fan in general, and I haven't made any tried-and-true competition worthy recipes, so I didn't have a shoo-in entry for our chili cookoff. My goal was just to make a delicious vegetarian chili ( technically vegan! ) that anyone who doesn't eat meat could enjoy. And then I ended up making a chili that I absolutely LOVED, and apparently others did as well. The competition was stiff! While the chili was delicious on its own, this is one of those instances where adding all the extras took the dish from great to fan-freaking-tabulous! So DO NOT forget to serve the chili with cilantro, onions, avocado, sour cream, and some tortilla chips. Chili with all the fixins (including rice)! Hand modeling by my coworker Faith. Every competition chili needs a competition name This recipe is basically

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