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The Art of Judging Chili

Become an ICS Chili Judge

Chili judges are crucial in upholding the fundamental missions of the ICS, promoting true chili and establishing the yearly champions. It is very important that they adequately prepare themselves to judge as honestly and fairly as possible. The ICS Judge Certification Program will be available online soon.

Not Too Spicy, Not Too Bland

Traditional Red Chili Characteristics


Taste, above all else is the most important factor. The taste should consist of the combination of the meat, peppers, spices, etc, with no particular ingredient being dominant, but rather a blend of the flavors.


Chili must have a good ratio between sauce and meat. It should not be dry, watery, grainy, lumpy, or greasy.


Chili should smell appetizing. This also indicates what is in store when you taste it.


Chili should look appealing. Reddish brown is generally the standard. Traditional red chili is not yellow or green.


Bite or after-taste is the heat created by the various type of chili peppers and chili spices.

Online Judge Certification Coming Soon!

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