The Lenexa Chili Challenge

Friday, Oct. 16
6-10 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Old Town Lenexa

Free Admission

Free samples
(while supplies last)


A Chili Mecca

Each year, about 200 teams compete in two divisions: Chili Appreciation Society International (C.A.S.I.) 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.

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 Team

View the Team Info page to look up teams by Booth Number, Team Name or Head Cook.

PDF Chili Map  Interactive Chili Map

Road Closures

View the road closures and fireworks fallout zone map.


Be a Food/Non-food Vendor

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


2015 Sponsors


 Consolidated Communications logo 




B.F. Ascher, CoreFirst Bank & Trust, Gambino's Pizza, Massage Heights, Pierce & Knight Dentistry


Mainstreet Credit Union


Contest Results
Frequently Asked Questions
Event Photos
Kids Kornbread Contest
Bean Bag Toss
Team Information
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