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The ICS is the founding and operating organization of the World Championship Chili Cook-Off® (WCCC), held annually each fall. The winners in each category earn the coveted title of World Champion and combined prize money of $100,000!

World Championship Chili Cook-Off®

That's The WCCC

The Making Of A Champion

So, you want to be a World Champion? Great! WE want to taste your chili! In order to qualify for this grand cooking competition, you must be an active ICS member and win one (or more) ICS sanctioned cook-offs.

Qualifying For The WCCC

The winners from all WCCC Qualifier Cook-offs will automatically advance to the WCCC. The winners of ONE Local Cook-off will qualify for the Last Chance Cook-off with a waived entry fee. The winners of TWO Local Cook-offs will automatically advance to the WCCC.

Types of Cook-offs

WCCC Qualifier

Must have a minimum of 15 ICS cooks per Traditional Red and/or Homestyle adult categories, and 7 ICS cooks per every other adult category. Must have 5 ICS youth cooks per youth category. WINNERS: All winners will qualify for the WCCC.

Local Cook-off

Must have 7-14 ICS cooks per Traditional Red and/or Homestyle adult categories, and 7 ICS cooks per every other adult category. Must have 5 ICS youth cooks per youth category. WINNERS: Traditional Red and Homestyle: TWO Local Cook-off wins are needed to qualify for the WCCC. ONE win will waive entry fee at the Last Chance cook-off. All other categories: Winners qualify for the WCCC.

Cooking Categories

Traditional Red

Traditional Red is any kind of meat or combination of meats cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients. Beans and pasta are not allowed. This category is also offered for Youth cooks, following the same rules.

Homestyle Chili

Homestyle Chili is a combination of chili peppers, beans, various spices and other ingredients. Meat is allowed but not required. This category is also offered for Youth cooks, following the same rules.

Chili Verde

Chili Verde is any kind of meat or combination of meats cooked with green chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients. Beans and pasta are not allowed.

Veggie (NEW!)

Veggie Chili is any kind of vegetable or combination of vegetables cooked with chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients. The use of meat and meat byproducts are not allowed.

Salsa

Salsa is any combination of chili peppers and spices. It must be entirely homemade.

Upcoming

ICS will introduce new chili categories in upcoming seasons including Tailgate Chili and Campfire Chili - stay tuned!