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San Manuel Chili Cook-Off


Chili Cooks Info & Sign Up

Welcome to the San Manuel, AZ Chili Cook-Off ! Sign-up to compete and bring on your favorite chili recipe! Instructions are below.

Sign Up – Enter the chili competition with a team of up to 4 members. Open to beginner thru expert cooks.

Applications – You will need fill out both a Chili Cook-Off Sign Up form and also a county Temporary Food Booth Application form. Download and print the pdf’s below…

1. Chili Cook-Off Sign Up Form
2. Temporary Food Booth Form

The forms must reach us by April 15th. Please fill out both application forms and mail them to:

SMRC (San Manuel Revitalization Coalition)
Attn: Chili Cook-Off
PO Box 126
San Manuel, AZ 85631

You can also get the two forms or drop them off locally by contacting Jessie David at 520-999-5422.

Awards – There will be four trophy awards–one winner in each chili category and one overall peoples choice.

Motel & RV – Find motel accommodations, RV spaces, attractions, and places to eat here.


Chefs’ Schedule – Cooks need to start setup around 9am and be ready for an inspection that takes place at 10am on the day of the cook-off. The event goes public noon to 5pm. Chili tasting starts at around 12:30pm.

Your Booth – Bring a canopy to cover your booth along with side walls to protect your work area from possible debris. Gloves and masks will need to be supplied by you as well as a fire extinguisher at your booth. (More info in the Temporary Food Booth Application form).

Also, you will need to bring a gas cooker or BBQ and can use electric if you bring your own generator.

Chili Cooking – Make at least 3 gallons of red, verde or home-style chili to have enough for tasting and judging. All food needs to be prepared onsite. Cups will be provided for taste testing. Cooks can have food worker certification.

Food Storage – Meats and such can be stored at a commercial refrigeration area before use. We are working on having a commercial food storage for contestants. We will contact you closer to the Cook-Off to inform you where you can store your meats if necessary.

Download Info Sheet (pdf) | Ice is sold in San Manuel at Salt ‘N Pepper gas station, Family Dollar & Dollar General.