Great Bowls of Fire: Meadowlands Racetrack Hosts Fall Chili Cook-Off

The competition heats up at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the annual Chili and Salsa Cook-off.

There is a $1,000 grand prize in each category and additional prizes awarded to runners up. Prize money will be given to the people’s choice and the best booth.

Categories and prizes include:

Homestyle: $500 – 2nd; $250 – 3rd

Chili Verde: $500 – 2nd; $250 – 3rd

Salsa: $250 – 2nd; $100 – 3rd

Best Booth: $250; People’s Choice: $250.

People’s Choice Awards


Voting for people’s choice will begin at 8 p.m. Racetrack guests can sample the chili and vote for their favorite. The fan favorite cook will walk away with a $250 prize. 

For complete chili event details visit

Looking to compete? Register:

Contest Details 

  • Cooks can arrive anytime after 1 p.m. to start setting up.
  • The event takes place in our food court & outdoor East Apron.  We have a side entrance (on the left side of the building near the loading dock) that allows you easy access into the food court entrance for quicker set up.
  • Mandatory meeting at 3 pm in the food court for all Chili cooks – you must be present!
  • Meat may be pre-cut or ground but MAY NOT be pre-cooked, treated, seasoned or marinated in any manner.
  • All other ingredients must be prepared/chopped on-site from during allotted cooking time. Cooking time is 3 total hours per style. Homestyle: 4-7pm; Verde 5-8pm
  • Garnishes must not be used on what is turned into the Judges.
  • Please remember to bring all your cooking equipment. If you are using a propane camper’s stove you need to bring a class K extinguisher.
  • We do have sinks, garbage cans for everyone to use. Please treat these items as if they were in your own home.
  • You are welcome to bring an additional table or two for you to use.  We do have electric, please bring extension cords if you need access to electric.
  • You must prepare 32oz of chili to be submitted for ICS judging.
  • Turn in times: 6pm Salsa; 7pm Homestyle; 8pm Verde
  • Entrant must be 18 years or older
  • Contact with any questions.
  • People’s choice voting begins at 8 pm following official judging – small tasting samples given, 1 sample of each chili – one vote per person.