The Lenexa Chili Challenge

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
6 – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Old Town Lenexa
Santa Fe Trail Drive & Pflumm Road, Lenexa, Kan.

Free Admission

Free samples on Saturday (while supplies last)


A Chili Mecca

Each year, about 200 teams compete in two divisions: Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) and Home Style Chili. Contestants also compete in the Salsa and Hot Wing contests.

Chili contestants arrive on Friday afternoon to begin setting up their booths. The festivities Friday night include live music and fireworks. The contest begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with free samples for the public (while they last). Awards are typically announced at 4 p.m.


Hot Pepper Contest Logo

Can you take the heat? Test your eating merit at the new Hot Pepper Eating Contest at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Must be 18 or older. Contest entry is free. Event details


Kids 12 and under are invited to join in on the fun at the Lenexa Chili Challenge with the Kids Kornbread Contest. Show your culinary skills by creating the best cornbread in the contest, and be eligible to win great prizes.


The public is invited to compete in the Bean Bag Toss Tournament.

Find a 2015 Team

PDF Chili Map  Interactive Chili Map

View team list by team name
View team list by head chef
View team list by booth number

Road Closures

View the road closures and fireworks fallout zone map.


I Like Lenexa appEarn points for checking in via the I Like Lenexa App during the Lenexa Chili Challenge.

Be a Food/Non-food Vendor

View information on how to be a food vendor at the event.


2016 Sponsors




    Consolidated Communications logo


Antioch Dentistry, CoreFirst Bank & Trust, Champion Windows, Gambino's PizzaB.F. Ascher, Pierce & Knight Dentistry,  Massage Heights, Olathe Ford Lincoln, Massage Envy, James Hardie Siding and Trim, Renewal By Andersen, Wingate Agency with Farmers Insurance, Anthony Plumbing Heating & Cooling


Olathe Communities That Care Coalition
Behavioral Health Awareness Alliance


Workout Anytime


Contest Results
Frequently Asked Questions
Event Photos
Kids Kornbread Contest
Hot Pepper Eating Contest
Bean Bag Toss
Be a Team
Be a Judge
Be a Sponsor

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