I have to admit, beef is the last thing I think of eating these days, but somehow, Oscar night begs for chili (not to mention my family). This recipe will win any chili cook-off you’ll ever enter. The condiments are key (diced fresh tomatoes, diced avocado, sliced scallions, chopped red onion, chopped cilantro leaves, sour cream, and shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese). I turn my kitchen counter into a little chili bar with all the fixins’ so people can help themselves. Throw in a basket of hot Jiffy cornbread, and you’re golden. The chili improves with age, so make it a day ahead and reheat before serving. Oscar day, all you’ll have to do is chop your condiments and, after the arrivals, throw your cornbread in the oven and place your bets. Do you smell what I’m cookin’?