Many thanks to those of you who made suggestions and even provided recipes. I am taking some from each of what you sent and making an amalgamated chili that should be good. If I get a placement, that will be cool and totally unexpected. One of the things that gave me pause was adding a can of beer to the chili. But alcohol evaporates in the cooking process, so I don't think that is an issue.
But living with an alcoholic will make one a bit paranoid about beer and wine in cooking. I remember early on in recovery, we were both having lunch at a nice restaurant. We wanted to share a dessert so I asked the server what the desserts were. She rattled off a bunch. C. thought that Bananas Foster would be good. So I asked what was in it! When the server said that it had rum and banana liquor in it, I immediately said, "Oh no, we don't want that."
There it was--out of my mouth in an instant. I was fearful about the alcoholic having anything to do with alcohol, or even thinking about alcohol. Yes, I was new to recovery, but thinking back on that moment of insanity, I realize how far I have now come. I don't need to protect anyone from themselves. That isn't up to me. What a relief! So I am going to put a can of beer in the chili and trust that no one at the cookoff is going to go off the deep end and start guzzling the entire pot.