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Thursday, January 25, 2018

  The battle is on this Saturday, January 27 in Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment’s 3rd annual Homestyle Chili Cook Off! 38 contestants are competing for the $1,000 grand prize plus a spot in the International Chili Society’s World Championship cook-off in Reno, Nevada. 


There is also a $500 prize for second place and $250 cash prize for the third place chili.  


Homestyle chili is defined by the International Chili Society as the cook’s favorite combination of ingredients resulting in a dish seasoned with chili peppers and spices. Contestants must cook their chili on site between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with judging promptly after.    


Last year’s Meadowlands winner, Joseph Callahan, went on to win the 2017 International Chili Society’s World Championship for his Homestyle chili and took home the $4,000 prize (photo attached courtesy of Lisa Photo).  


 “We have a record number of participants this year,” said Meadowlands General Manager and COO Jason M. Settlemoir. “This has become a great winter time event for us.  We are excited to see it continue to grow and become a must attend racetrack event!” 


Racetrack guests are also welcome to sample the chili and vote for their favorite.  The fan favorite cook will walk away with the $500 prize.  Fan favorite voting begins 7:30pm, voting ballots are available at the Players Club Desk and in the live racing program.   


In addition to the chili competition, a separate side contest for homemade salsa will also be conducted offering the winner a $500 first prize.  

As an added bonus, fans can enjoy live harness racing with first race post time at 6:35pm.     


For complete event details and to see the complete list of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment events, visit  


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