It is “Smokin’ Hot” at the Annual Cattle Call Chili Cook-Off

Team Los Chiles Calientes- First Place Winner 2014 Cattle Call Chili Cook-off Contest


BRAWLEY-The aroma of homemade chili, and hungry taste-testers, filled the cordoned off Brawley Plaza for the 2014 Cattle Call Chili Cook-Off held on Saturday morning.

The 29th annual event, sponsored by the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, was the happening place to be. With small town home-cooking and family fun, the chili cook-off was the center of entertainment in town.

As children formed long lines, waiting with anticipation for their wild ride on the mechanical bull, other visitors enjoyed the free necklace-making, crafting corner that was made accessible by the Rain Forest Art Project.

“We came to sample the wonderful chili and bring the kids to have a good time, its great,” said Brawley resident Gabriel Lugo, as his son Estaban Lugo, 11, held on for dear life as the mechanical bull spun him every which direction.

Participating as judges for The People’s Choice award consisted of guests donating $2.00, then given designated bracelets and a ballot. The bracelet allowed them to sample 11 different home-made chili’s and vote on a small ballot for their “favorite chili”.

Los Chilis Calientes, of Desert RV, captained by Joel Gonzales, won the coveted first place award in the Cattle Call Chili Cook-off.  “Just In Case” won the Best Booth award, their name a play on the tractors they sell at Jordan Implement. With another witty title, Chili of Brawley, from the City of Brawley, took the “People’s Choice” honors.

“We have all different judging we do, we judge for the best chili, peoples choice, best decorated booth and so much more,” said Ceci Gastelo as she handed out ballots for participant’s to join in the fun.

Team Los Chiles Calientes - 1st Place Winner
Team Los Chiles Calientes – 1st Place Winner