Chili Verde Cookoff mixes competition with fun

Posted at 7:24 PM, Mar 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 22:24:39-04

Amestoy's on the Hill hosted its 6th annual Chili Verde Cookoff on Sunday afternoon as 21 competitors from local bars and businesses faced off for the title of best tasting chili verde in town.

The idea for the competition arose from Amestoy's Chili Verde Thursday and has now grown into an annual slugfest of chili verde sampling.

While competitors want to win "best tasting" or "best decorated booth" awards, they say the event is much more than just about the food.

"Just having a good time," said Ernest Fuentes, who won the competition in 2015.

"That's what it is all about. It really isn't about the food to me. I like coming out here and having a good time."

Alma Mendoza won the competition this year and agrees with Fuentes' assessment of the event.

"Just trying to get together with friends and have a good time. Basically that's it. Trying to have a good time."

Mike Miller, the owner of Amestoy's on the Hill, said that the event has grown so much in the last few years that he has plans on moving the event to a larger location next year.