Join The Chili Fun! Xpress Data Inc's Credit Union Chili Challenge
A chili cookoff just for Credit Unions. Your Chili Team will be competing for trophies, bragging rights and $25,000 in prize money that will be donated to charities chosen by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners. The 1st Place Team will also qualify to compete in the Homestyle Division of the 52nd Annual International Chili Society World’s Championship Chili Cookoff in October 2018.


The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club race track in Del Mar, CA.


Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the height of the horse racing season.


To enter a Cooking Team, contact Kelly Hoog at 858-676-9888 x148 or
Entry Forms, Official Rules and Frequently Asked Questions are available for download below.


The deadline for reserving a team slot is July 1st. Multiple team entries are permitted for each Credit Union.
Teams are individually responsible for entry fees and completed forms.

Contestant Entry Packets will be mailed upon registration and will include: Team Registration Form, Head Cook Registration Form, Official Rules, Event Schedule and FAQ.

Completed Entry Forms with team details, along with the $500 entry fee, will be required by July 8th. We realize that some credit unions will be holding internal cookoffs to determine which team will participate in the Chili Challenge. Registration will be extended as-needed to allow for these events.

Each team will be provided with a 10’ x 10’ canopy, two 8’ x 30” tables, two chairs, propane stove, and 9’ x 3’ team banner. XDI will produce the banners from artwork you provide, or we can design a banner for you. The deadline for banner artwork is July 8th, and artwork specifications will be included in the Contestant Entry Packet. Teams will be responsible for chili ingredients, cooking utensils, booth decorations, and a winning chili recipe.

In 2017, XDI's 5th Annual Credit Union Chili Challenge was hotter than ever! We send a BIG "thank you" to all the participating credit unions, judges, and contributors.

ICS Homestyle Chili Winners:

1st Place: Firewatch from Firefighters First CU
$5,000 for Fire Family Foundation
2nd Place: All Fired Up!!! from New Orleans Firemen's FCU
$3,500 for Children's Hospital of New Orleans
3rd Place: The Trigger Happy Texans from Kinecta FCU
$1,500 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
People's Choice Chili Winner: Firewatch from Firefighters First CU
$2,000 for Fire Family Foundation

Best Booth Winner: Hollywood A-List Chili from First Entertainment CU
$1,000 for Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Best Showmanship Winner:  Awesome Chili Chicks from Pacific Marine CU
$1,000 for Rady Children's Hospital San Diego

Social Media Drawing Winner:  Pacific Marine CU
$1,000 for Rady Children's Hospital San Diego

Join the chili fun in 2018!
  Plan your own chili cookoff to see who will compete in XDI's 6th Annual Credit Union Chili Challenge - XDI is here to help! As usual, teams will be competing for trophies, bragging rights and at least $15,000 in prize money that will be donated to charities chosen by the winners.

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Free Chili Cookoff Kit

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