Clarendon Day will once again be the home for the Clarendon Chili Cookoff. This exciting event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and the winners will qualify to advance to the World Championship Chili Cookoff this October. If you want to test your chili skills against the region’s best, click here to become an ICS Member, and start work on your recipes. Here are the contest rules. Prizes for the 2016 Clarendon Chili Cookoff will be announced shortly.
General information about the DC Chili Cookoff
- Red Chili — $40
- Chili Verde — $20
- Salsa — $15
- Homestyle — $10
- Note: All entrants must be members of the Intentional Chili Society to participate.
Traditional Red Chili is any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA which are strictly forbidden.
The 2015 winners in the Red Chili Competition: 1. Amy Smith; 2. Christian Parker; 3. Nelson ‘Rick’ Sievering
Chili Verde (Green Chili)
Chili Verde is any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with green chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA which are strictly forbidden.
The 2015 winners in the Chili Verde Competition: 1. Laurie Ryffel; 2. George Ryffel; 3. Amy Smith
Salsa must be made on-site by combining food-safe ingredients by the contestant. In other words, you can chop/dice/slice all the ingredients you want, and season your salsa dish with spices on-site. Home-canned salsa ingredients may certainly be delicious, but Arlington County food regulations don’t allow you to bring home-canned food and and serve it our event.
The 2015 winners in the Salsa Competition: 1. Bruce Baker; 2. Beverly King; 3. Scott Tucker
Homestyle chili is the cook’s favorite combination of ingredients resulting in a dish seasoned with chili peppers and spices. There will be no restriction or requirement as to the ingredients, but the entry must have chili pepper flavor.
More than $2,000 was raised at Clarendon Day 2015 for the Chili Cookoff beneficiary, and this year, the Chili Cookoff welcomes back our long-time beneficiary, the National Kidney Foundation.