You have less than a week to decide if you want to cook at the Back to Back cookoffs near Albuquerque, New Mexico.  If you didn’t qualify at the Western Regional or the Missouri State over the weekend, well here’s your double chance to try and get qualified for the 2013 World’s Championships at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs, CA., Oct. 11th - 13th.


     The Southwest Regional is this coming Saturday, August 10th, and the New Mexico State is on Sunday, August 11th. NO ENTRY FEES, provided you supply 2+ gallons of People’s Choice Chili each day ($100 in Prize Money each day to the winner of People’s Choice). Prize money for Red each day is $500, $300, $100, for Verde $300, $200, $100, and Salsa $100, $75, $50. The cookoffs are outside of the Route 66 Casino Hotel, and they are supplying tents (weighted down), tables and chairs. It’s a fun event, and a fun cookoff. If you are a car enthusiast, then you will enjoy the over 300 classic cars that show up for the Car Show next to the cookoff.


     We’re at 24 Reds, 25 Verdes, and 18 Salsas confirmed for Saturday, the Regional, and 21 Reds, 21 Verdes, and 16 Salsas confirmed for Sunday, the New Mexico State. We know people change their minds in coming or cooking categories, so if you want to cook at great cookoffs, and be judged by quite a few seasoned ICS and local judges, and be scored by an experienced scorekeeping team, then think about these cookoffs.  




    Call 1-866-711-STAY, and mention “Chili Cookoff” to get the $69/night rate at the Casino Hotel. All rooms have refrigerators.  There are only a handful of rooms left, which will be released mid week.


    Sunsweet prunes and El Pato products will be given away. The casino is going to give out ”special gifts” to the cooks. Come and have a fun filled weekend.


Bob Plager - Chief Judge

2012 ICS Red World’s Champion

720-244-0990 cell 



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