Rio Grande City to hold 12th Annual Chili Showdown



Grab your boots and round up the family and head over to the 12th Annual Chili Showdown Cook-Off set for Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Historic Quiosco (Kiosk) in Downtown Rio Grande City. Cooking teams from around the Rio Grande Valley will go head to head and compete for RGC’s Chili Showdown honors.


There is no entry fee for the pan de campo, fajita and bean categories. And for anyone feeling lucky, there are now two $50 Jackpot categories: chili and chicken wings. This year also features a People’s Choice Best Chili Contest. The public is invited to taste and cast their votes for their favorite chili. Tickets are $1 per taste or $10 to taste all. Judging starts at 5 pm. All proceeds benefit the Rio Grande City Public Library.


The event will feature live music from Buzzkill, Zentido Norteño, Los Mas Romanticos, and The Hometown Boys next to the historic Britton Avenue Quiosco where couples can dance the night away.



Other activities this year include a jalapeño-eating contest at 5 pm hosted by the Rio Grande City Main Street. Entry fee is $5. The Rio Grande City Public Library will have a chalupa bingo from 2 pm to 4 pm. Cards are 4 for $20. Children can enjoy free kiddie rides starting at 5 pm.


The Rio Grande City EDC is very grateful to the many sponsors, vendors and volunteers, including Starr County Town Crier, Rio Bank, Lone Star National Bank, BBVA Compass Bank, Ultimate Hype Trampoline Park, SignWorks, Payne Rio Grande City, 410 Bistro, Rio Delta Engineering, MNO Heating & Cooling, Bud Light, Star Sani Services, La Patrona 107.5, Prestige Home Health Services, IBC Bank, Subway, Medina Electric Co-Op, RE Supplies, HEB Plus!, Chili’s Bar & Restaurant and Pino’s Pizza.


Hotel accommodations can be found at the following: Holiday Inn Express (956) 487-7772 and Quality Inn (956) 488-0866.


For team registration packets or for more information regarding the 12th Annual Chili Showdown, please contact the Rio Grande City EDC at (956) 487-3476.