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The ICS is the founding and operating organization of the World Championship Chili Cook-Off® (WCCC), held annually in October. The winner earns the coveted title of World Champion and $25,000!

World Championship Chili Cook-Off®

That's The WCCC

The Making Of A Champion

So, you want to be a World Champion? Great! WE want to taste your chili! In order to qualify for this grand cooking competition, you must be active ICS member and win one (or more) ICS sanctioned cook-offs.

Qualifying For The WCCC

The winners from all State and Regional Cook-offs will automatically qualify for the WCCC. The winners of one Local/District Cook-off will qualify for the Last Chance Cook-off with no entry fee.

Types of Cook-offs

State & Regional Cook-offs

State: Cook-offs must have a minimum of 10 active ICS cooks. Winners of any category with 10 active ICS cooks will qualify for entry into the WCCC of that year. These cook-offs are open to all ICS members unless they specify “residents only” of said State. Please see specific event details. Regional: Cook-offs must have minimum of 20 active ICS cooks in the Traditional Red category. Winner of Traditional Red with 20 active ICS cooks will qualify for entry into the WCCC of that year. Winners of Verde and Salsa with at least 10 active ICS cooks in each of those categories will qualify for entry into the WCCC of that year. Regional Competitions are open to all ICS members.

District (Local) Cook-offs

Open to all active ICS members. District Cook-offs have 19 or less cooks and the winner will advance to the Last Chance Cook-off for no entry fee. If any cook wins two District Competitions, they will qualify for the WCCC that year. If a District Cook-off ends up with 20 or more cooks in the red category on the day of an event, the winner of said event will advance to the WCCC. That cook-off will be designated a Regional Competition the following year.

Cooking Categories

Traditional Red Chili

Traditional Red Chili is any kind of meat or combination of meats cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients. BEANS and PASTA are strictly forbidden. Garnishes should not be used.

Homestyle Chili

Homestyle Chili is the cook's favorite combination of ingredients resulting in a dish seasoned with chili peppers and spices. The use of beans is REQUIRED. Garnishes should not be used.

Chili Verde

Chili Verde is any kind of meat or combination of meats cooked with green chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients. BEANS and PASTA are strictly forbidden. Garnishes should not be used.

Youth

Youth is the cook's (17 years of age and younger) favorite combination of ingredients resulting in a dish seasoned with chili peppers and spices. Garnishes should not be used.

Salsa

There are no rules as to the ingredients or how to prepare your salsa other than it MUST be homemade.

Coming in the 2018/2019 Cooking Seasons!

The ICS will introduce new chili categories in the upcoming seasons - Veggie Chili, Tailgate Chili and Campfire Chili. Stay tuned for more details.