Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off

Hot Competition! Cool Fun!

2019 Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off

Sunday March 31, 2019


Beef and Veggies Build Community

26 years of lifeEvery attendee knows the fun times of the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off.

The cook-off really does provide hours of fun for everyone.

Great live music fills the air from beginning to end.

Children play on the mini-midway with all type of attractions, from climbing walls to bounce houses to inflated slides to go-fish ponds.

Vendors show their jewelry, paintings, books, crafts, honey, candles, locks, keys, financial services, living spaces and on and on. And on and on and on…

Food other than chili abounds. The cook-off offers hot dogs… chicken… cotton candy… and many things between.

Starting early in the morning chili cook-off teams prepare their secret recipes while kosherly teasing each other about who makes the best chili.

A mix of professional chiefs and celebrities decide the truth. With so many great chilis, the decisions are difficult. They perform double-blind tasting to select the best of the best of the best. Of course, only a handful of teams win a trophy, but every team enjoys the good times.

And so do the people. They come by the thousands from all sorts of backgrounds. They come for the friends, the fun and the fullness of chili. They savor the very best kosher beef and veggie chilis in Texas, which means the very best chilis in the Universe. No explanations needed.

While the annual event spreads goodwill to the broader community, at its core, the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off helps build bridges among the diverse groups of Jews calling North Texas home.

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

chili tasters receive samples from a team member.

Teams! Start Your Cooking

Texas State Flag, Dallas Skyline and Red Hot Chili imposed on outline of Texas.While the competition is hot, the heart of the cook-off remains friendly.

A little after sunrise on cook-off day the rabbis light the fires. Rabbis must do this job to keep the chili kosher from the first spark to the last bite.

As the flames start sparkling, the fun begins.

The teams chop, measure, pour and stir.

Banter increases as the morning goes on.

Teasing begins.

Pots bubble.

Interesting aromas float here and there and everywhere.

By 11am the crowds willingly wait by the entrance because the chili is ready.

And here you go…

Big Successful Chili

The cook-off is huge.

Forty to fifty teams do their best cooking. They compete for honors from culinary judges, plus the people’s choice.

The teams cook 1,300 pounds of beef, oodles of veggies, all sorts of seasonings and untold volumes of secret ingredients.

The teams churn out 940 gallons of chili or thereabout.

Because of its success, the cook-off has been replicated throughout Texas and the USA.

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

Tickets and Kid Rides

Adults: $12

Children 10 to 3 years of age: $6 (Includes a free hot dog!)

Under 3: Free

Kid Rides Unlimited Wristband: $20. (Additional to ticket price.)

Dallas Vaad Assures Kosher Chili

Of course, all recipes at the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off begin, 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 26th 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.

Mazik Brother play the Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off.

Bring Your Children, Your Grandchildren, And More…

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