Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Mexican National Chili Cookoff

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This three-day weekend event with chili, music & vendors just celebrated its 40th anniversary.

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This national-level chili festival has been a part of this small town, believe it or not, for 41 years now.

The main draw is each day’s competition where local restaurants and home chefs serve samples of their best bowls of chili.

Dozens of artisans, artists and vendors come from all over Jalisco and other parts of Mexico to sell their goods here all weekend. Lots of food, besides chili, is also served. And a roster of musicians and dancers, such as traditional balet folclórico, round out the entertainment. Go and just watch, or enter the competition yourself.

There is a small entry fee for the event and a separate fee if you want to enter the tasting or compete. The competition is a fundraiser for local charities that raised around $300,000 pesos in 2017.

2019 Mexican National Chili Cookoff Information

The 2019 National Chili Cookoff will be February 22-24 from 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Tobolandia in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

Last updated December 19, 2018

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Photos of Mexican National Chili Cookoff

The Mexican National Chili Cookoff takes place at Tobolandia each February in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

The main attraction is the chili competition which occurs each day.

For a small fee, you can sample a number of chilis. All proceeds go to local charities.

There's entertainment each day in the form of music and dance performances.

And other food is for sale throughout the weekend like burgers, hot dogs, pizza and BBQ.

Fine Art Photography of Lake Chapala

Ismael's Molcajete

Ismael’s Molcajete

Ismael Sánchez displays his well-worn molcajete in the kitchen of his Ajijic home.

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The BBQ stand with ribs for sale and proceeds going to Niños Incapacitados.

Vendors from all over Jalisco and other states go to the Mexican National Chili Cookoff to sell their goods.

Handcrafted knives by Rodrígo Aguirre.

Glass and metal jewelry by José Duran.

Jewelry for sale made by "Los Alexes" de La Peña de Santos Rico.

Accordion Player in Chapala

Traditional Mexican Music Genres

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There is plenty to browse through for an hour.

Pottery masks and wall decorations for sale.

Leather bags, armadillo shell bags, handbags, leather bracelets, necklaces, earrings.

Hand-embroidered fabrics and clothes sold by Bordado y Artesanías.

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