chili cookoff

The CHCA Chili Cookoff is for Chimney Hill Residents ONLY

Saturday October 20, 6PM

We will need at least 5 volunteer judges and of course at least 5 people to enter into the cook- off. The rules are below. Please let us know if you are interested. We have a sign-up sheet in the office :-)

Judges will be told that they should vote for the chili, as defined by the ICS, based on the following major considerations: good chili flavor, texture, consistency, blend of spices, aroma and color 
Chili Awards As Voted by the Judges: 

  1. Best Traditional or Texas-style chili: a blend of meat, tomatoes, and chiles. As devout Texas chili adherents like to say, "If you know beans about chili, you know chili ain't got no beans."
  2. Best Homestyle Chili: a spicy stew of beef and red chilies or chili powder, also known as chili con carne: often with beans and tomatoes or pasta could be added.
  3. Best Vegetarian Chili: Chili without meat to include beef, pork, chicken, turkey, or other animal meat ingredients. 
  4. Best Flamethrower Chili: Any Style of chili that is spicy hot, the heat factor or “bite” would be labeled 3 chilies.
  5. Most popular chili: will be tabulated during the chili cook-off from the individual tasters scorecard presented to the judges during the event. Individual tasters must give their name on the scoresheet to assure one vote per taster. 



  1. Ingredients may be pre-cooked prior to the commencement of the official cook-off. Meat may be treated, pre-cut or ground.
  2. The cooking period must occur within 24 hours of event. Chili must be kept in a crock pot or other warming container that will be placed for entry
  3. Each contestant must cook a gallon (four quarts) of chili (one regular crock pot). Approximately 1 pint of chili will be given to the judges using the supplied tasting bowls.
  4. Contestants are responsible to submit a contestant entry form. The contestant must prepare chili using their own selected recipe and ingredients. They must also supply all of their own serving utensils and containers for holding the chili.
  5. Each contestant will be assigned a contestant’s number by the Chief Scorekeeper and given five (5) sampling cups to fill and submit to the judges. Each contestant verifies that the number on the bottom of their cup is the same as their assigned contestant number. Each contestant is responsible for delivering their sample cups, which must be filled to cup’s lower rim, to the judging area at the official time for judging.