25th Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off

25th DKCC Coming March 18, 2018

Texas State Flag, Dallas Skyline and Red Hot Chili imposed on outline of Texas.While every single Kosher Chili Cook-off of the past 24 years brings smiles to our faces—and delicious memories to our palates—the best is yet to come.

Stay tuned…

And mark your calendars for March 18, 2018.

Here are some memories from the 24th. Enjoy…

While Everyone Wins…

…the judges and the people have made their decisions about the best beef and veggie chilis at the 2017 Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off. It all took place March 19, 2017 (21 Adar, 5777) as a community building event for the diverse Jewish people of North Texas and the wider general population.

And, here are the winners of the People’s Choice, Beef Chili and Veggie Chili.

People’s Choice: Congregation Shaare Tefilla

All attendees of the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off vote for the People’s Choice. Everyone gets one and only one vote. This year, the People’s Choice goes to Congregation Shaare Tefilla.

People's Choice: Congregation Shaare Tefilla

Beef Winners

The decision of the judges in blind tasting for the best beef chili are:

1st Place: Henry Litoff

Beef 1st Place Henry Litoff: Congregation Shaare Tefilla

2nd Place: Congregation Shaare Tefilla

Beef 2nd Place: Congregation Shaare Tefilla

3rd Place: Moishe House

Beef 3rd Place: Moishe House

Veggie Winners

The decisions of the judges in blind tasting for the best veggie chili are:

1st Place: Whole Foods Market

Veggie 1st Place: Whole Food Market

2nd Place: Jewish Family Services

Veggie 2nd Place: Jewish Family Services

Best Kosher Chili in Texas
(Therefore the World)

March 19, 2017
21 Adar, 5777

Somewhat Immodest Kosher Chili

24 years of lifeOf course it sounds a bit smug—saying we have the best kosher chili—but we really don’t mean it that way—smugly, that is. However, we do believe our world-famous cook-off produces the best kosher chili anywhere.

If you want to test it—that is taste it—yourself, the fun starts at 10:30 a.m. on March 19, 2017, 21 Adar, 5777, כ״א בַּאֲדָר תשע״ז. It is an all-day chili-fest—with live music, a silent auction, a midway for the kids and more…

Our address is 10909 Hillcrest Rd, Dallas TX 75230. We look forward to seeing you.

Making Chili — The Video

Enjoy 84 seconds of chili making fun.

Building Community Beyond the Chili

While the cook-off really is a lot of fun, it also serves a serious purpose. The annual gathering helps build bridges among the diverse communities of Jews living in North Texas. It also extends goodwill to the broader community.

It brings everyone together for a deliciously kosher day of food, fun and fellowship.

chili tasters receive samples from a team member.

A Big Idea that Spread

The cook-off is large, with 40 to 50 teams participating in a blind-tasting competition. They make beef and veggie chili recipes. Using 1,300 pounds of beef, oodles of veggies and seasonings, and many secret ingredients, the teams prepare a total of 940 gallons of chili, or thereabout.

Following its beginnings 24 years ago and its effective work in building community, the cook-off has been replicated throughout Texas and the USA.

And the Dallas cook-off raises support for local not-for-profit organizations.

a team member passes a chili sample to a person attending the cook-off

Dallas Vaad Assures Kosher Chili

Of course, all recipes at the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off start, stay and end kosher, under rabbinic supervision by Dallas Kosher, the Vaad Hakashrus.

Dallas Kosher Vaad Hakashrus Logo. D with letter K inside the D.“Dallas Kosher is again so proud to be a critical part of the Jewish event of the year in Dallas—the 24th Annual Dallas Kosher Chili Cook Off,” said Miranda Winer, Executive Director of Dallas Kosher. “Not only do we provide the kosher supervision for the event, but we also participate with our own chili! People around the country know that this event is one big party for the entire community. And because it’s kosher, all can participate.”

a toddler moves toward the cook-off while two girls sit and watch.

What Makes the Cook-off So Popular

Food! Fun! Fellowship!

While dozens of chili recipes—some spicy, some not—serve as the most popular food of the cook-off, you can also enjoy other refreshments—edibles, sweets and beverages—from the concessions.
Beyond chili, the cook-off offers popular games, exciting rides, professional live music, colorful vendors and a somewhat quiet silent auction. Fun for all ages.
The cook-off attracts people from all sorts of backgrounds. We all join together to enjoy the day and build some bridges.

three boys walk and eat chili samples at the dallas kosher chili cook-off.

Sing Along with the Mazik Brothers

Expect to enjoy the Mazik Brothers at the 2017 Kosher Chili Cook-off. You won’t be disappointed. They cover popular songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. You know the lyrics and you more than likely want to sing along. Do it.

Mazik Brother play the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off.

Bring the Kids! Bring the Grandchildren!

Amusement Management International logoThe Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off comes complete with a midway for younger people. It includes air-inflated play areas, bungie bounce, hoop-shooting, baseball hitting, fishing, slides and our ever-popular rock-climbing wall. Bring the kids. Bring the grandchildren. Enjoy the fun.

Several photos of midway. Boys on bungie bounce. Kids playing with pendulum ball. Girls on climbing wall. Kids Fishing. Boy hitting ball. Kid on inflated slide.

The Crowds Just Keep Coming

In addition to bringing together the Jewish communities of North Texas, the cook-off reachs out to its broader neighborhoods.

crowds pack the dallas kosher chili cook-off.

Join the Celebration

Whether you sign up as a team, volunteer as a friend, show up as a vendor, give support as a sponsor, or come by as a taster, the cook-off works to deliver good times for everyone.

Akiba kids play drums during the opening ceremonies.

Parking is Easy and Free at JCC

There’s plenty of free parking at the JCC. And, you can get a free ride both ways on a climate-controlled bus.

free buses run between jcc free parking and the kosher chili cook-off.

Family-Oriented Fun and Prices

Our sponsors help underwrite the cost of the cook-off. This helps keep the ticket prices modest for families and everyone else.

couple stroll through the cook-off holding hands.

Located in North Dallas

The cook-off resides on the campus of Tiferet Israel at 10909 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, Texas, just north of Royal Lane.

Think Your Chili Team is Hot?

Join the fun. The teams cook beef and vegetarian chili.

Download the team registration form to sign-up your team today. Also, be sure to check out the team information.

team member clangs a come-and-get-it metal triangle.

Good Food, Good Cause

The Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-Off is an annual community building event hosted by Congregation Tiferet Israel. The event draws 4,000 to 5,000 people from across the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

With the cook-off now in its 24th year, Tiferet Israel continues to share proceeds with local charities.

team member gives thumbs while preparing for the crowds.

Healthy, Tasty, Fun

Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-Off is the funnest, tastiest, healthiest chili cook-off in Texas, the USA and the World! It is probably also the largest kosher chili cook-off you’ve ever seen.

a chili chefs chops onions while preparing for the cook-off.

More Information

For more information on the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off, please contact the synagogue at (214) 691-3611. You can also use our contact page.

crowds pack the dallas kosher chili cook-off.

Bring Your Non-Perishable Food

When you attend the Kosher Chili Cook-Off be sure to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry.

Non perishables are food items you find in a pantry—oil, sugar, rice, crackers, dried cereal, canned goods and so on.

It is important to provide food that is not out-of-date. Of course, we recognize that out-of-date items do have an additional shelf life but we request that all donated items be up-to-date.

Thank you for helping us be respectful of the individuals and families served by the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry.

panorama view at dallas kosher chili cook-off

Run to the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off

a man runs to get a taste of the dallas kosher chili cook-off