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Meadowlands Racetrack’s Chili Cook Off

September 25, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Calling All Cooks….enter our Chili and Salsa Cook-off on Saturday, September 25, 2021!    Contestants must register here  

Not a cook?  Free samples will be given for the People’s Choice vote following the 8 pm turn in.  Cook-off takes place in the Food Court & outdoor East Apron.

Categories for 2021: Homestyle Chili, Chili Verde, People’s Choice Chili and Salsa

Homestyle Chili:

* $1,000 Grand Prize plus spot in the ICS’s World Championship Homestyle Chili Cook-off
* $500 – 2nd place
* $250 – 3rd place

Chili Verde:

* $1,000 Grand Prize plus spot in the ICS’s World Championship Chili Verde Cook-off
* $500 – 2nd place
* $250 – 3rd place

People’s Choice Chili:

* $250 Grand Prize
* $100 – 2nd place
* $50 – 3rd place

 Salsa: (must be home-made no store bought salsa allowed)

* $500 Grand Prize plus a spot in the ICS’s World Championship Salsa Cook Off

* $250- 2nd place
* $100 – 3rd place

 Contest Details:  

Arrival Time: You can arrive anytime after 1:00pm to start setting up.

The event takes place in our food court & outdoor East Apron.  We have a side entrance (on the left side of the building near the loading dock) that allows you easy access into the food court entrance for quicker set up.

Mandatory meeting at 3 pm in the food court for all Chili cooks – you must be present!

Remember “Homestyle is any kind of meat/combination of meats and/or vegetables cooked with beans, chili peppers/powders, various spices and other ingredients. Homestyle chili may be any color.  Beans are required.  Preference is not given to either cut meat, ground meat, shredded meat or cubed meat. Seafood is allowed.”

Remember “Chili Verde is any kind of meat/combination of meats cooked with chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients.  Non-vegetable fillers such as rice and pasta are not allowed. Preference is not given to either cut meat, ground meat, shredded meat or cubed meat.”

Meat may be pre-cut or ground but MAY NOT be pre-cooked, treated, seasoned or marinated in any manner. 

All other ingredients must be prepared/chopped on-site from during allotted cooking time. Cooking time is 3 total hours per style. Homestyle: 4-7pm; Chili Verdee 5-8 pm.

Garnishes must not be used on what is turned into the Judges.

Please remember to bring all your cooking equipment. If you are using a propane camper’s stove you need to bring a class K extinguisher.

We do have sinks, garbage cans for everyone to use. Please treat these items as if they were in your own home.

  1.   You are welcome to bring an additional table or two for you to use.  We do have electric, please bring extension cords if you need access to electric.
  2.   You must prepare 32oz of chili to be submitted for ICS judging.
  3. Turn in times: 6pm Salsa; 7pm Chili Verde; 8pm Homestyle Chili

Entrant must be 18 years or older

Contestants must register by 9/20/2021 and have completed and returned all forms to

People’s choice voting begins at 8 pm following official judging – small tasting samples given, 1 sample of each chili – one vote per person.



September 25, 2021
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment
1 Racetrack Drive
East Rutherford, United States
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