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2018 Dorchester Chili Cook-Off

We always try to keep an eye out for the next Dorchester Chili Cook-Off. It’s one of our favorite chili fests. Last year was great and this year did not disappoint.

Held again at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 103 in Dorchester, there were so many tasty hits. I just wish we’d had a better plan of attack, i.e. share the chili first instead of getting our own. Our guts were bursting by the end.


Pork and venison chili with pork rinds, mango salsa, cheese, and cornbread. It was different, but delicious still because most recipes that veer away from the original end up being too far off. This one was really good.


This was a bright tasting chili by Lower Mills Tavern / Chef Colton. It reminded me of a carnitas with salsa verde. It was topped with cheese, sour cream and…fried grasshoppers.


Some good, solid chili topped with guacamole, cheese and sour cream. The guac really made a difference. I’m gonna start doing this myself.


Macarons! They were so pretty and so delicious! We actually made a beeline to this first because they go fast. Strawberry, pistachio, vanilla, and lemon flavors by Sweet Life & Bakery.

We can’t wait for next year when we’ll have the baby strapped onto us while we make the rounds.

Dorchester Chili Cook-Off. Here We Go Again

Dorchester Chili Cook Off | by Lillian Lee

The event was held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 103 on 256 Freeport St. in Dorchester, MA.

We missed the Dorchester Chili Cook Off event last year so we made sure to calendar it in when we found out when it’d be taking place for 2017. And, just like two years before, it did not disappoint.

Dorchester Chili Cook Off (Richard Martin Foundation) | by Lillian Lee

My favorite chili at the event was from the Richard Martin Foundation. It was one of the first chilis we tasted and at the end I had to go back to re-set my palate because there were quite a few sketchy recipes I came across. What made the Richard Martin Foundation chili so delicious was the balance of flavors and the accompaniments of fried onions, guacamole, cheese and sour cream. FYI, they won the People’s Choice award as they should have.

Unfortunately, after having such tasty chili from the Richard Martin Foundation, everything else was a miss from there. Either the chilis tasted too salty, too sweet or were too watery or too dry…or worse, tasted weird.

Luckily, there were some sweet treats to save the day.

Dorchester Chili Cook Off | by Lillian Lee

Some strawberry cheesecake ice cream from the Puritan Ice Cream factory. Was it weird to go from chili to ice cream and then back to chili? A little, but it was good ice cream and glad we didn’t wait on this because they ran out pretty soon afterward.

Dorchester Chili Cook Off | by Lillian Lee

There were also other sweet treats like macaroons, eclairs, brownies, and cookies from The Sweet Life Lower Mills. The macaroons looked so pretty and were so yummy. I helped myself to a couple.

The only other chili stand-outs were from Tavolo (featured photo up top) and the firefighters from Engine 18, Ladder 6.

Dorchester Chili Cook Off | by Lillian Lee

By the end, we were ready to burst from the amount of food we ate. Hours later, we’re still nursing our food babies.

All in all, it was a lot of fun. We can’t wait for next year!

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