Regional Chili Cook-Off (Iowa 4-H Youth Development)

Iowa 4-H Youth Development is partnering with the International Chili Society to bring a fun and new cooking competition to youth audiences. The ICS World Championships competition will take place September 7-8 in Ankeny, IA this fall. Participation in these 4-H regional “Pop-Up” competitions will make youth eligible to compete in the international contest.

Register yourself in the competition to showcase your favorite chili recipe & to learn more on cooking creatively as we spice things up with family, friends, and fun!

Let's Get Cookingchili

Youth ages 10-17 will prepare and cook their chili with adult supervision. There are four chili categories youth can enter that recipe into:

  • Traditional Red Chili (no beans)
  • Homestyle Chili (with beans)
  • Chili Verde (made with green spices)
  • Veggie Chili (made without meat)

How to Get Started

Register HERE for the event on August 25 at Southern Hills Mall (Sioux City, Woodbury County)

  • Check-In at 7:30 am.
  • Event runs from 10 am - 4:30 pm.
  • $10 Registration Fee due to the local extension office.
  • Registration fee is waived for enrolled 4-H members.

Select or create your favorite recipe! Whether you use your secret family recipe, discover one in a cookbook, or get creative in the kitchen and create your own, each cook will need to bring their winning recipe which they will prepare at the event.

Share your talents with us! Each cook will be provided their own cooking space with gas stove top, utensils and ingredients needed. Please review the program guidelines packet for outline of rules, safety, schedule, and ingredients provided. If your recipe includes an ingredient not on this list, please contact 4-H specialist, Laura Liechty,