Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off

Winning Teams for the 27th Annual Cook-off

With perfect warm and clear weather, more than 20 teams competed for top honors during the 27th Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off, March 27, 2022. Each team cooked up most excellent chili for the judges and People’s Choice award. Judges chose winners for both beef chili and veggie chili. Attendees voted for the People’s Choice through a one-person-one-vote system.

Beef Winners

3rd – Tom Thumb
2nd – Ahavath Sholom
1st – Shearith Israel

Veggie Winner

Akiba Academy

People Choice Winner

Ohev Shalom

Food… Fun… Fellowship… Friendly Competition…

The cook-off brings together in one place the diverse Jewish communities of Dallas and all of North Texas. People gather for a day of fun, food, fellowship and excellent kosher chili.  The Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off is the oldest and largest kosher chili cook-off event in the world.

Each year the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off features food and entertainment, such as: 

  • Most excellent chili from the competing teams.
  • Live music from bands such as:
    The Mazik Experience
    Side Gig
    Windy City—a Chicago tribute band
  • Free rides and games with choices appropriate for little kids through teens.
  • Craft projects by PJ Library.
  • Food for sale by Kosher Palate. See menu and prices below.
  • Popcorn and cotton candy prepared by the Jewish Community Center.
  • Free parking at the Jewish Community Center.
  • Participation in the Drug Enforcement Agency drug take back program.

Drug Take Back Program

The Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off regularly partners with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Recovery Resource Council, and the Dallas police, to host the Drug Take Back program during the event. The program provides attendees, participants, and any passers-by with the opportunity to drop off their unwanted, unused, outdated, animal and human prescription and non-prescription drugs so they can be properly disposed.

For further information see these web resources. Both links open in new windows or tabs.

Thank You Sponsors!

An event like the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off requires effort and support. The cook-off prospers because of both. In addition to dedicated team members working on the necessary details to help assure success, the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off benefits from the support of leading companies, groups and individuals stepping up as sponsors.  The generosity of sponsors allows the cook-off to keep prices affordable for the kosher chili teams and for individuals and families who attend. Please see the side panels of this page and other pages for lists of our title sponsors and individual sponsors. Mobile devices users can see the sponsor lists by scrolling down. There is also a page showing a complete list of sponsors. Thank you all for your generosity.

Everything is Kosher

All products at the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off are certified as kosher.

All teams use ingredients—meats, spices and vegetables—prepared following Jewish dietary laws. Cooking is supervised by specially trained rabbis. No dairy products are used or allowed at the cook-off. 

Free Parking at JCC

Park free at the Jewish Community Center. Ride free climate-controlled bus to cook-off at Tiferet Israel. Some parking is also available in the Tiferet Israel neighborhood.

Cook-off Location at Tiferet Israel

Located on the campus of Tiferet Israel in North Dallas.

Judged Winners and People’s Choice

Judges select the top three beef chilis and the top veggie chili—announcing the choices around 3pm. 

Cook-off attendees pick the People’s Choice winner. Each paid admission includes a single token to use as a ballot for the People’s Choice award. You participate by placing your token in the ballot box located on the table of your chosen team.

Covid Protocols

COVID protocols include spreading out teams, masks recommended for cooking team members, and masks required inside the Tiferet Israel building.  Masks are optional for attendees outside.

Photos from Previous Years

A video of photos from previous years. Enjoy the photos and the music. The music is by AlekSound. It consists of two pieces: Happiness and Siberia, both used by permission.