The Chilis

As with any legend, the early years of the Chili Bowl have become shrouded by the mists of time (hey, it's been 22 years, and we were in our twenties then and there was a lot of beer and tequila!)...here are some of the chilis that have found fame and infamy at previous Chili Bowls...

Highlighted chilis have their recipes published in the Chili Bowl wonders cookbook. We'll have different ones featured here throughout the year, but to get at 'em all, just click on the link to order your very own copy!

A revised edition will be published just as soon as we get enough new recipes submitted!

2016 - 15 Chilis

  • Diken Struktid - Chili Chef: Michael Cincinatus (Most Appealing Appearance)
  • General Tso's Chili - Chili Chef: Gail Agensky (Most Fragrant Bouquet)
  • That Burning Sensation - Chili Chef: Jacob Morrow (Most Blistering Heat)
  • Jack(Fruit) Pot Chili - Chili Chef: Toby Abramson (Most Curious Combination)
  • Diken Struktid - Chili Chef: Michael Cincinatus (Most Unabashedly Trendy)
  • Barquing Dog Chili - Chili Chef: Ken Gotlib (ICB Grand Champion)
  • Mean Ween Bean Machine - Chili Chef: Aaron Cincinatus & Kyle Bernstein
  • Vapor Trail - Chili Chef: Mike Berman (ICB People’s Choice)
  • Chai Octane - Chili Chef: Cory Weiss
  • Because It's 2016! - Chili Chef: Ellen Morrow
  • Chico Maki - Chili Chef: Gary and Leigh Craft
  • The Spiked Pig - Chili Chef: David Benjamin
  • The Sweet Hereafterburn - Chili Chef: Corey Berman
  • Chicken Chew “Bawk” A Chili - Chili Chef: Miriam Amon
  • Deep in the Heartburn of Texas - Chili Chef: Rob Brockman
  • Obi wan Canobeans - Chili Chef: Emily Amon


2015 - 12 Chilis

  • Beer Belly ChiliSouthwestern Chicken Chili (Most Appealing Appearance)
  • Subterranean Hogtown Blues (Most Fragrant Bouquet)
  • The Smokey Pokey (Most Blistering Heat)
  • Awful Offal, aka The Hunger Games Aftermath (Most Curious Combination)
  • Not Rili Chili (Most Unabashedly Trendy)
  • Going Down to Chicken Town (ICB Grand Champion)
  • The 7 C's
  • Hawaii Doin'?
  • Lucky #7
  • Chili Gonzales
  • If Summer Was a Chili
  • Shanks for Nothing!


2014 - 19 Chilis

  • Beer Belly Chili (Most Appealing Appearance)
  • So Fine, Ovine (Most Fragrant Bouquet)
  • Flanken Treasure (Most Blistering Heat)
  • Drunken Nuts Chili (Most Curious Combination)
  • Quinoa-N Of You Show Me The Way To Santa Fe (Most Unabashedly Trendy)
  • So Fine, Ovine (ICB Grand Champion)
  • Ancho and The Beanstalk
  • 3 Bean Hustle
  • Emily Is The Best Sister Ever
  • Has Anyone Seen My Tail? Chili
  • Seat Of My Pants
  • Spring Has Sprung
  • Fire In The Roll
  • Stop Ford
  • Phil
  • Chili (good old plain chili)
  • Chillin with Chuck
  • Close Call
  • The Only Good Thing To Come Out Of Cincinnati


2013 - 12 Chilis

  • Low Country Chicken and Waffle Chili
  • Phuket - I'll Have Another Bowl
  • (Thai Fusion Chili)
  • Chili With Balls
  • Double D
  • Zero Chili with Hand Pies
  • Zero Chili with Hand Pies
  • Give a Kick
  • I-Scream Chili
  • 3 Little Pigs
  • March Madness
  • Chanochomincho
  • Jack The Ripper
  • Drag-on Queen Chili


2012 - 14 Chilis

  • Dayenu
  • C'est Wot
  • Countdown Chili
  • Great White North's Chilly
  • Chilitini
  • Adam's Rib
  • Alpha Team Chili
  • Al B. Ino's
  • One Pot Hominy
  • Catesnada Magic Mushroom Chili
  • What The Cluck?
  • Pipe Full of Fun
  • Fire In The Hole
  • The Dessau's


2011 - 16 Chilis

  • Treyf On The Bayou
  • Chick Pea Chili
  • Treyf On The Bayou
  • Tropical Mystery
  • Tahrir Chili
  • True Gristle
  • Anaphylactic Shock
  • Willy Wonka's Inventing Room Chili - A Dessert!
  • Russian Imperial Chili
  • Mole, Mole, Rock and Role
  • Kadosh Mole Chilit Chayim
  • Mean Bean Chili
  • 3 (c) 2 - Three Chile Chili
  • Vegetarian 3 Minute Chili
  • Sassy BBQ Shrimp Chili
  • Up All Night
  • Gobble It Up


2010 - 13 Chilis

  • Chili 21
  • Happiness & Hominy
  • CANICURID
  • Willy Wonka
  • iChili
  • Jambalaya Chili
  • Hillbilly Chili
  • Father, Son, & Holy Spirits
  • El Pollo Loco
  • The SS POA
  • Rajin Cajun Chili
  • Chili Peppers, Literally
  • Vegan Mystery Spice Chili


2009 - 13 Chilis


2008 - 15 Chilis


2007 - 16 Chilis

  • Silly Chili (Winner - Most Appealing Appearance)
  • Untitled Complex Chili (Winner - Most Fragrant Bouquet)
  • Make Love Not Gas (Winner - Most Blistering Heat)
  • Shrimp and Spice (Winner - Most Curious Combination)
  • Randy's Coney Island Chili Dawg (Winner - Most Unabashedly Trendy)
  • The White Devil (Winner - Most Everything)
  • Chili Not Hot (Winner - Most Popular)
  • Vegetarian Chili Mole
  • Turkey and Bean
  • Great Plaines Chili
  • Toasted Pecans and Corn
  • Secret (Redacted) Chili
  • Global Warming - An Inconvenient Chili
  • Black Bean Chili
  • Vegetarian Black Bean
  • Experimental


2006 - 12 Chilis

  • Tres Chiles Chili
  • Canadian Vampire Repellent
  • Chicken Chili Chakra
  • Chip's Cleveland Creamed Chicken Cheesy Corn Chili
  • Cheney Chili Blast (A Face Full of Flavor)
  • Border Town Chili
  • Mill City Chili
  • Kickin' and Chicken Chili
  • Vita Mita Veggie Chili
  • Chili Chicken Little
  • Hometown Spicy
  • Vegetarian Black Bean Chili


2005 - 8 Chilis

  • Are You My Mother? Chili
  • Wooly Bully Chili
  • Hot Hot Heat
  • Mighty Mooseshroom Chili
  • Chesapeake Chili
  • B2 C2
  • Pub Grub Chili
  • Hot Coffee on a Chili Day


2004 - 16 Chilis

  • Big Chunks
  • Green Monster
  • Legume Change Begins at Home
  • Lord of The Zings: Return of the Sting
  • Crabby Mark's Headless Horseman's Chili
  • South Beach Chili Cha Cha
  • Daffy's Family Jewels
  • Chili "Veep" from an Undisclosed Location
  • Navajo Joe's Pecos Junction Grande
  • Pumpkin Black Bean Turkey Chili
  • Weird and Wonderful
  • Just Lucky To Be Here
  • Muy Sabroso Poco Peligroso
  • Kucinich Chili (Naturally 3rd)
  • Beer and a Bump
  • Partido Verde


2003 - 12 Chilis


2002 - 12 Chilis


2001 - 8 Chilis


2000 - 6 Chilis

  • Y2K Chili (Winner - Most Everything)
  • The Chili You Can Actually Eat (Winner - Most Appealing Appearance)
  • White Out (Winner - Most Unabashedly Trendy)
  • It's Not Easy Being Green (Winner - Most Fragrant Bouquet)
  • It's Not My Chili (Just My Crockpot) (Winner - Most Blistering Heat)
  • Sherry's PPP (Peak of Pathetic Paleness) (Most Curious Combination)


1999 - 16 Chilis

  • Smokey Mojo (Winner - Most Everything)
  • Rufux Valdez Texas Chili
  • Lakeland's Pride
  • Poco's Rodeo Chili (Winner - Most Appealing Appearance)
  • Heaven and Hell (Winner - Most Blistering Heat)
  • Zesty Chili (Most Curious Combination)
  • Nut In Honey (Winner - Most Fragrant Bouquet)
  • Smoke My Jalapeña (Winner - Most Unabashedly Trendy)
  • Bite Me P.E.L.
  • Second Week of Bear Camp
  • Danelle & Ken's Infamous Deer Stand Chili
  • Dante's Peak
  • Mrs. Gray's Bean
  • Blue Plate Special
  • The First ShotVegetarian's Delight


1998 - 14 Chilis


1997 - 8 Chilis

  • Bye Bye Birdie (Winner - Most Appealing Appearance & Most Fragrant Bouquet)
  • Eternal Life (Winner - Most Everything )
  • Gerber's Delight
  • Hell Fire's Kitchen
  • Mimi's "Bite Me, Pig" Chili (Winner - Most Unabashedly Trendy )
  • Swamp Sludge (Winner - Most Curious Combination )
  • The Devil Made Me Do It (Winner - Most Blistering Heat)
  • Trust Me, It's Not Hot!!!


1996 - 13 Chilis


1995 - 14 Chilis

  • Capsaicin Experience (Winner - Most Blistering Heat)
  • Italian Rose Chili (Winner - Most Fragrant Bouquet)
  • Legends Of The Fowl (Winner - Most Everything!)
  • Margarita Chili (Winner - Most Unabashedly Trendy)
  • No Name (Winner - Most Curious Combination)
  • Sister Mary Con Carne...Nun Better (Winner - Most Appealing Appearance)
  • Bite Me!
  • First Time Ever
  • Hot Lips
  • Hot Starter
  • Minnesota Fats
  • PG-34
  • Silly Goose
  • Sneaky Weasel


1994 - 13 Chilis

  • (missed another one!)
  • Bobbit Chili (Winner - Most Appealing Appearance - a twisted crowd this year!)
  • CCCC (Winner - Most Blistering Heat)
  • Montana Red (Winner - Most Fragrant Bouquet)
  • Mortal Sin (Winner - Most Everything!)
  • Organic (Winner - Most Unabashedly Trendy - way cool presentation on this one!)
  • 3 Meats and a Chili (Winner - Most Curious Combination)
  • Ambrose
  • Bean Belly
  • Hormel
  • Inner Beauty
  • Mad About Ewe
  • Veggie Boy


1993 - 10 Chilis?

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep (Winner - Most Everything!)
  • Decadent Chili (Winner - Most Unabashedly Trendy)
  • I had an entry this year, a repeat of my awesome 1992 entry, made in too much of a rush, that led to it being dubbed "The Exxon Valdez" (yeah, it had an oil slick on top!)


1992 - 7 Chilis

  • Margarita Nightmare (Winner - Most Unabashedly Terndy)
  • "What Are You, Chicken?" (Winner - Most Everything)
  • Weeping Apache (Host Chili - Terry Bartz)
  • Ten Chile Chili (Host Chili - Ian Silver)


1991 - 9 Chilis

  • Flaming Sphincter
  • Mad Dog
  • Hoosier Red


1990 - 6 Chilis

  • (2 from the hosts)???

How's your memory of the early years? Remember some entries I've not listed? Got a recipe from one of those great entries? Just let us know, and we'll get 'em added!

(copyright 1990-2016, Ian Silver)