Chili Cookoff


2017 Chili Cookoff information.

Saturday, July 15, 2017, Bartlett Parking Lot, Big Bear Lake, CA.

Big Bear Old Miners Chili Cook Off blazes onto scene Sat., July 15, 2017

Enjoy Big Bear Old Miners Chili Cook Off bands, beer, chili, outhouse races and more…

Scarf down that stomach sunscreen to ward off the heat you Chiliheads cause you’ve got a date with the Big Bear Old Miners Chili Cook Off. Blazing onto the scene with a 10 a.m. spicy time on Sat., July 15, 2017, the Big Bear Old Miners Chili Cook Off will take place in the Bartlett Street Parking Lot in the heart of the Big Bear Lake Village. The world-class Big Bear Old Miners Chili Cook Off contestants prepare red chili; chili verde and homemade salsa for judging.

So, masticate your Mylanta; pack your Pepcid or take your Tums and enjoy a new epoch of lip-smacking-good chili, live bands, beer, dancing, DJs, a Miss Chili Pepper contest, outhouse races, a shoot n’ holler contest, vendors, treats and so, so, much more. Produced by the Big Bear Old Miners Association, the annual Big Bear Old Miners Chili Cook Off is free to attend; however, for the chili enthusiast there’s a $5 tasting kit fee so you can indulge in the great bowls of fire.

With band listening, beer drinking and chili tasting in high gear by midday, the annual outhouse races begin at 1 p.m. During this bloodthirsty battle of mobile bathrooms, the driver is mounted on a porcelain throne inside an actual outhouse on wheels—and it must contain the appropriate paperwork—as fleet-footed teams push these high speed porta-potties forward to traverse a truly treacherous course. The championship team is awarded the highly coveted Golden Outhouse Trophy. There is also a People’s Choice Award for “Best Decorated Outhouse.”

For more information on the chili cook off, call Henry Moreno, chair, at (760) 490-9264, or email

The following weekend, don’t miss the Big Bear Old Miners Days History Alive…Chautauqua. Find out more. Click here on Chautauqua.

Come and enjoy great family entertainment in the mountains.

Click for Chili Cooker and Vendor Applications on our Applications page.

Henry Moreno is the Chairperson of the 2017 Big Bear Chili Cookoff.
He can be reached at 1-442-243-1880 or
You can also leave a message at the OMA 1-909-584-5949

EVENT INSURANCE is available through:
HCM Event Insurance Services
1407  #228 Foothill Blvd.
La Verne, CA 91750


Google Map for the Big Bear Chili Cookoff.



1st Time Cook:
Best Local Cook:
People’s Choice:
2nd Place:
1st Place:
Chili Verde:
3rd Place:
2nd Place:
1st Place:
Red Chili:
4th Place:
3rd Place:
2nd Place:
1st Place:
Winning Cook:
Winning Buyer:

Big Bear Chili Cookoff