Winners of Rio Grande City’s 10th Annual Chili Showdown


$1,100 Chili Jackpot Winners, Rio Bandits from Edinburg

It was a great day in Rio Grande City as cooking teams from around the Rio Grande Valley gathered on Britton Avenue in Historic Downtown for the 10th Annual Chili Showdown on Saturday, February 3rd. A total of twenty-one teams competed for Rio Grande City’s Chili Showdown honors.


The crowd enjoyed live music from Riverside Band, Tejano Knights, Nexxo, Gladys Garcia, Tropical Panama, Lucky Joe and Los Garcia Brothers. Children enjoyed free kiddie rides while couples danced the night away underneath the lighted Britton Avenue Kiosk.


The Rio Grande City EDC is very grateful to the many sponsors, vendors and volunteers, including BBVA Compass Bank, L and F Distributors and Bud Light, Lone Star National Bank, Rio Delta Engineering, Car Care 1, Star Sani Services, La Patrona 107.5, HEB Plus! and Chili’s Bar & Restaurant, who made this event possible.


Winners from the Chili Showdown were for the following categories:


Pan de Campo: 1st - Big Show's BBQ - Rio Grande City

2nd - Rio Bandits - Edinburg 3rd - Kill It & Grill It - Mercedes


Fajitas: 1st - Smokin' 7 - Alto Bonito/La Grulla

2nd - What the Fork? - Rio Grande City

3rd - Los Compadres - Rio Grande City


Beans: 1st - Kill It & Grill It - Mercedes

2nd - HEB Plus! - Rio Grande City

3rd - Team Buffa - Edinburg


$1,100 Chili Jackpot:

Rio Bandits - Edinburg