Tickets to the Chili Cook-Off cost just $250 pesos per person prior to the event and $300 pesos at the door. In addition to all the chili, an order of El Rio's famous smoked riblets and an agua fresca are also included. Regular El Rio menu items will also be available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided by several cookin' musical groups, including Dave Whitty, Da Crew, Mikki Prost and The Texas Embassy Blues Band.
Pearl Burrus and Vera Carp return to Emcee the event again this year. These two characters—two of the 22 zany characters from Greater Tuna, a satirical comedy about small towns, small minds, and big hearts—had the Cook-Off crowd in stitches with their off-the-cuff and sometimes off-color quips. They appear courtesy of Incanto, where their play returns soon.
All proceeds from the cook-off go to local charities and community projects, including:
- Supporting DIF in their support to Senior Citizens, DIF - A Mexican public institution of social assistance that focuses on strengthening and developing the welfare of the Mexican families.
- Jay Sadler Community Relations Projects A.C. – In 2018 38 projects were completed; in 2017 30 projects; during the past 5 years, 140 projects.
Tickets to the Chili Cook-off can be purchased at the door or in advance from many of the event's sponsors: All-Access, Café Roma, Captain Don's, DZ Route 66, Escondida Sports Bar, Gringo Loco, Kelly's Pour Favor, Los Muertos Brewery, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Nacho Daddy, Que Pasa, The Salty Caesar, Refugio Infantil Santa Esperenza A.C. RISE, Suriya Events and Winston’s Bar & Grill. Also Making chili Coco Tropical Restaurant, El Torito Sports Bar and Marriott Champions Sports Bar. Doors open at 12:00 pm. Chili will be served from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and voting will run from 1:00-3:00 pm. Confirmed Professional Chili Judges include Gary Beck (Puerto Vallarta Shows: More of Beck’s Best: Theater, Cabaret and More; Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Guide Beck’s Best; Gary’s Groupies), Paul Mayer (Vallarta Food Tours), Madeline Celeste (Vallarta Tribune Editor) and Jim Lee (Living Vallarta).