3rd Annual

 Chili cooks “Light your Fires” and join us at iconic

Santa Anita Park on February 24, 2018,

for a chili competition unlike any other!

Benefiting the Foothill Unity Center

With the stunning San Gabriel Mountain range set as the backdrop and the thrill of thoroughbred horse races all afternoon, this one-day doubleheader is sure to heat things up! Featuring BOTH the International Chili Society (ICS) and the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) this event will feature competitions in: ICS – Red Chili, ICS – Green Chili, ICS – Salsa, CASI Chili, People’s Choice, and Most Tasted. Thousands of dollars in prize money and trophies will be awarded to the winners and the chance to qualify* for the ICS World Championships and the CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship.

*team count determines qualification. Prize amounts will be based on the number of entries.

This event will be held rain or shine.

Santa Anita Chili Cook Off 2018
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Santa Anita Chili Cook Off 2018

Competition Details

ICS Red Chili – $35* Entry

Cash Prizes based on the number of entries.

*ICS Members, non-ICS members must join ICS prior to the competition ($60/yr). Entry Fee is waived with 2 gallons of PC chili donated.

ICS Verde- $25* Entry

Cash Prizes based on the number of entries.

*ICS Members, non-ICS members must join ICS prior to the competition ($60/yr). 

ICS – Salsa – $15* Entry

Cash Prizes based on the number of entries.

*ICS Members, non-ICS members must join ICS prior to the competition ($60/yr).

CASI Chili – $25* Entry

Open meat (ground or other)

No membership required for entry.

*Entry Fee is waived with 2 gallons of PC chili donated.

People’s Choice (PC) – $0 Entry


Cash Prizes based on the number of entries.

Tentative Event Timeline:

Please verify all times upon arrival.

Saturday February 24, 2018

6:00 AMCheck-in/Booth Set Up
7:00 AMPC Prep/Cook Begins
8:30 AMCooks Meeting
9:00 AMICS - Verde Prep Begins
10:00 AMICS - Verde Light Your Fires!
10:30 AMGates Open to Public
11:00 AMICS - Red Chili Prep Begins
11:30 AMPeople's Choice Chili Serving Begins
11:45 AMICS - Salsa Judges Meeting
12:00 PMICS - Salsa Turn In
12:00 PMICS - Red Chili Light Your Fires!
12:45 PMICS - Verde Judges Meeting
1:00 PMICS - Verde Turn In
1:45 AMCASI Chili Judges Meeting
2:00 PMCASI Chili Turn in
2:45 PMICS - Red Judges Meeting
3:00 PMICS - Red Turn In
4:00 PMPeople's Choice Chili Serving Ends
4:30 PMAwards
5:00 PMLoad Out
6:00 PMFacility Clear


Complete the info below to be placed on the waitlist.

Official Team Entry Form

Fill out my online form.

Things to Note:

  1. Cooks will likely not have direct vehicle access to their cooking areas, as such we will have a small army of valets (with carts) available to assist in moving all team equipment and supplies to and from the loading area and cooking areas, BOTH during load in, AND load out. Load in is a scheduled event, earlier load in times (and the most options) are given to those who sign up first.
  2. Teams wishing to pay by check can do so (until 2/1/18), by completing the above online application and indicating that you would like to pay by check. Once you complete and submit the form above, details of where to send your payment will be emailed to you. There is no paper application for this contest.
  3. In the event of wet weather, we have secured an alternate covered and semi-enclosed area that we will move this event to (but still on Santa Anita Park grounds), in this case, pop up tents will not be allowed.  We will brief cooks by email leading up to the event, on the specifics of this. We used this area in 2017.
  4. ICS Trained Judges are encouraged to apply by using the contact link at the top of the screen and indicating “ICS Trained/Certified Judge” in your comments.
  5. We will be selling People’s Choice tickets prior to the event opening, so people will arrive hungry and armed with tasting tickets!
  6. Parts of this event are ICS Sanctioned event, as such the rules for this event can be found here. Other parts of this event are CASI and those rules can be found here.
  7. Due to Health Department requirements, PC chili must be cooked onsite.
  8. For the first 25 teams to enter we will provide a 10′ x 10′ pop up tent, two 8′ tables and two chairs already in your space and FULLY SETUP for your use during the cook off – FREE OF CHARGE! No need to bring your own. No setup or tear down by the teams! Additional tables and chairs can be arranged, if requested at least 2 weeks IN ADVANCE.
  9. RV Parking is available onsite but not directly adjacent to the cook-off area. It will be dry camping and we will provide it free of charge to chili competitors.

Contest Location:

General Admission to the Santa Anita Park Club House Apron, where the  Chili Cook Off is being held is $10, this includes access to a majority of the majestic Grandstands. Discounted ticket packages can be obtained here, until 2/9/18. Parking is $4 per car (except at Gate 6 which is free). Gates open to the public at 10:30am and first post is 12:30pm, for complete details on the racing action, please click here.

A look inside Santa Anita Park