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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? 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.

The WCCC

Every year hundreds of cooks compete nationwide to qualify for the ICS World Championship Chili Cook-off held each fall! This competition not only determines the World Champion chili recipes, it’s also a giant multi-day public event! The WCCC features champion chili tasting, beer tasting, local food, restaurant competition, craft and retail vendors, corn hole, car show, kid zone, and MORE!

Types of Cook-offs

WCCC Qualifier

A minimum of 15 cooks per category are required for Traditional Red and Homestyle categories. A minimum of 7 cooks per category are required for Chili Verde, Veggie and Salsa categories. Any youth category must have a minimum of 5 youth cooks. WINNERS: All will qualify for the WCCC.

Local Cook-off

A minimum of 7 cooks per category are required for Traditional Red, Homestyle, Chili Verde, Veggie and Salsa categories. Any youth category must have a minimum of 5 youth cooks. RED & HOMESTYLE WINNERS: Two Local Cook-off wins are needed to qualify for the WCCC. One Local Cook-off win will waive the winners’ entry fee for the Last Chance cook-off in that category. If a Local Cook-off ends up with 15 or more cooks in Red and/or 15 or more cooks in Homestyle, the winner(s) will qualify for the WCCC of the current cooking season. ALL OTHER WINNERS: Will 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 any kind of meat or combination of meats and/or vegetables cooked with beans, chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients. Beans are 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 byproduct is not allowed.

Salsa

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

Upcoming

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