Nice to see others appreciate chili without beans. I always thought they were a distraction in the meal.Well ya didn't put beans in there...my man. I've been in 3 BBQ competitions all of which included chili. The head judge told us what she wanted to see (or not see) in our chili:
1. No beans - We were told they would escort us to the exit gate with a Texas Ranger.
2. Don't send them spaghetti sauce. Meaning, don't put beef in a bottle of Marinara and call it good chili.
3. They told us to send them some powerful beef and bold (even hot or spicy) flavors of real chili spices. Kids aren't judging so give it to us good.
My 2nd competition was exactly like the head judge wanted...I placed in the top 5 out of 52 teams. Give a look at Texas Red Chili recipe for ideas. I've tweaked the original recipe some but the base idea does not change. Good luck, I hope you do well and most importantly...have fun.