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Elephant Butte Chile Cookoff

June 13, 2020

Elephant Butte Chili Challenge Cookoff
Annually: early June
Cost: $2 per chili sample
Location: Sierra del Rio

Tie on an apron and get into the competition with your best red or green!

2019 Chile Challenge Cook-off Schedule of Events

8am – Cooking Begins
2pm – Dessert Judging
3pm – Chile Judging
5pm – Dessert Winners Announced
6pm – Chile Winners Announced

Enter in any or all of these categories: Red, Green, Dessert

Fees to Enter

$40 to enter in either the red chile or green category, or $50 to enter both red and green chile. Enter the Dessert Category for $25. Professionals may also enter any category for $50 per entry.

Chile Cook-off Rules

  • Entrants must provide a minimum of 5 gallons of chile to enter or 250 individual servings of dessert
  • Chile must be made from scratch, in the open, and on-site at the cookoff
  • Professional entrants may bring entries in for judging if they have been prepared at a licensed facility
  • No marinating
  • No complete commercial chili spice mixes allowed.
  • You may be asked to taste your chili at turn-in for judging.
  • Prepare a minimum of 5 gallons of chili or 250 servings of dessert.
  • Finished products will be transferred to the serving area; serving in the cooking area is not allowed
  • Dry camping is allowed onsite beginning on Friday evening

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners in the red and green categories, to the first place winner in the dessert competition, and to the first-place in the professional categories (red, green, dessert).

A people’s choice award will also be given out in each category.

Attendees may purchase a tasting cup ($2 to taste as much chili as desired) and cast their votes.

2019 Elephant Butte Chili Challenge Cook-off at Sierra del Rio
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