Keeping Chili Weird at the Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off

By March 29, 2016Local

The 27th annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off will kick off at noon, April 17 at Lakeview Pavilion, in Old Settlers Park. For 27 years, the Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off has been messing with a Texas tradition by keeping chili weird—vegan and delicious. It’s the longest running vegetarian cook-off in the country.

Event organizers emphasize that chili is a classic dish that doesn’t need meat to tempt the senses and satisfy the tummy and soul. Most vegan chilis are lower in fat, making them healthier alternatives to the traditional “bowl of red”. Vegan chili contains many of the same ingredients found in traditional chili such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, beer and chili powder.

Amateur and professional chefs and chili cooking teams representing statewide vegetarian organizations, community groups, restaurants and grocery stores will compete for trophies and cash prizes. Winners are selected by celebrity judges, and also by popular vote. Meat-eaters and vegetarians alike attend to mingle and taste the 100 percent vegan chilis and vote for their favorites. In addition to myriad hearty chilis to sample, the afternoon will also feature live entertainment; food demos; animal rescue and environmental-related information booths; and local craft beer.

New this year is the Ring of Fire Jalapeno Eating Contest. For those who want to kick it up a notch, consider entering this fiery fun competition. Fire extinguishers will be on hand.

Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for children. Location: Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. For more information or to enter the cook-off, visit