Chili Cook-Off Raises $40,755 pesos for Children’s Charities!

2018 Merida Chili Cook-off


We are pleased to announce the winners of the cook-off


Popular Vote

1st Place – Jan Morgan

2nd Place – Anita Solomon

3rd Place – Kay Foster

Judges Choice

1st Place – Jan Morgan

2nd Place – David Gebbser

3rd Place – Stan Goff

Huge thank you to everyone who made the event a success!


The success of this event was due entirely to the contributions of many people. The proceeds from the 2018 Merida Chili Cook-off will go to Estancia Nueva Vida, and the Merida English Library. The 2018 Chili Cook-Off raised over 40,000 pesos for

Special recognition should go to the Chili Cook-off steering committee members who worked tirelessly to make this a success: Lewie Conner, Bill Engle, Mike Gardner, Bob Herzig, Terry Tatje, and Fiona Wilmot.

More that 50 volunteers representing the three sponsoring organizations made the Chili Cook-off happen.

Without the efforts of the 18 contestants, each offering about two gallons of their chili, there would not have been a Cook-off.

Three local restaurants not only provided chili for the event, they also contributed most of the gifts for the Cook-off raffle. Our thanks go to them for their support and generosity:

Dora Ochoa & Jose Lizarde – Restaurante Antojeria Mexicana
Calle 64 x53 y55, Merida Centro
Roberto Rivas – Hey Joe! Restaurante Calle 44 #445 int. x21 dia,
y23, Los Pinos Plaza, Los Pinos
Jesus Siller – Asadero y Tacos San Pascual, Prol. Paseo de
Montejo #273 x1B y40, Fracc. Campestre.

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