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20 Blogs on How to Host a Chili Cook-Off

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If you’re trying to plan your next party, why not host a chili cook-off? Chili cook-offs are a fun twist on a typical potluck party, and a little friendly competition is a great way to get everyone mingling. You can also do chili cook-offs when you’re tailgating or if you’re having a big watch party for your favorite sports team. In the 20 blog entries below you can find tips for creating invitations, rules and scoring, side dishes and chili recipes. Add some drinks and you have a party!


The informal nature of a chili cook-off allows you to use whatever kind of invitation that you want. Gather up your friends and their secret chili recipes, then invite some impartial judges over to sample each batch. Evites are the perfect way to invite a big group of people, and if you’re doing a block party in the neighborhood you might want to post flyers on your street.  For invitation or flyer ideas, check out these five blog posts.

Rules and Scoring

Don’t get too stressed out about the rules and the scoring.  Remember that it’s all in fun and that you are just getting together with friends to have a good time. Whether you’re making it official with score cards or just swapping favorites with friends, it’s sure to be a good time! For those that want some rules and scoring sheets, you can find them in the five blog entries here.


Chili can get kind of spicy, so providing some sides that cool down the palate might be a good idea. If you want to go the traditional route, try serving up some corn bread. You can also throw together a salad or provide some crackers to cleanse the palate between tastings if you want.  These five blog articles will give you some more ideas about side dishes.

Chili Recipes

You may have your own favorite chili recipe, but in case you don’t or you want to provide your guests with different chili choices, here are five blogs with different chili recipes.  Feel free to tweak these recipes and make them your own for the cook-off.

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