The judges arrive (Tom, Padma, Mary Sue, Susan and Gail) and pop open some Shiner Bock. Gail has to have someone else open her beer because she had "a weird bagel accident" and has no feeling in her finger. You can read all the details in her interview on Bravo's website, if you're dying to know, but it's not nearly as interesting as you might think. Tom can't get the beer open, but Padma twists it right off. With her teeth. Just kidding, she totally used her hands. And her boobs. Nope, just her hands.
The judges approach the Green Team (Sarah, Chuy, Chris Hollywood) first; they made chili con carne (no beans, beef chuck, Shiner Bock beer and roasted corn garnish). After each chili, we see some of the cowboys' comments, and then the judges' comments. The cowboys like that it has a little kick and some kid says it would be good for dinner with a taco. As for the judges, Tom likes the flavors, and says it gets better with each bite. Gail thinks it's too thin and would have liked something to soak up the sauce. Mary Sue agrees, and she wished for a tortilla or some chips.
Next up is the Red Team (Dakota, Whitney, Chris Moto), who made braised brisket and short rib chili. Invisible Cheftestant Whitney explains that they made their own beef stock with the short rib bones and really tried to build the flavors. Every time Whitney pops up, I'm like, "Who is she? Is she even on this show?" That either means she's leaving in the middle somewhere or she's going all the way and they're waiting to feature her later. Some cowboy kids don't like the texture or the spiciness of the chili. Gail thinks it's perfectly seasoned and hot, and Tom agrees. Mary Sue thinks the texture is a little stringy, though.
Blue Team (Heather, Edward, Paul) made smoked brisket chili with summer pickles (peaches, radishes and haricots vert). They also put pork rinds on top of the chili. Gail decides that pickled peaches are now her favorite thing to eat with chili, so I guess Heather's gamble paid off. Tom points out that the vegetables and spices are great, but the chili itself is only mediocre.
Black Team (Nyesha, Beverly, Richie) made mole-inspired chili with cornbread. Susan really loves the cornbread, but Tom points out that it's not a cornbread competition. As for the chili itself, everyone thinks it's too sweet and unfocused. Padma disagrees, since the team set out to make a chili that reminded them of mole, and they succeeded by that metric.