Hot Competition! Cool Fun!
2019 Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-off
Sunday March 31, 2019
Beef and Veggies Build Community
Every 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.
Teams! Start Your Cooking
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.
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.
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 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.”
What Makes the Cook-off So Popular
Food! Fun! Fellowship!
Bring Your Children, Your Grandchildren, And More…
The 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.
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.
Join the Celebration
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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