Submit a Recipe


The Emergency Kit Cook-Off is turning up the heat! We challenge you with a theme that has withstood the test of time: Chili Cook-Off!


Do you have an old family recipe that’s dripping in flavor and nostalgia with every mouth-watering bite? Or a tasty new chili-inspired recipe with a scrumptious, innovative twist?


Showcase your emergency preparedness with recipes like a sweet and spicy chili, taco truck chili, chili-infused ramen, chili-flavored pistachios or an old reliable classic chili.


We’re not asking for gourmet cuisine, but we’re looking for more than simple beans and rice. Display your creativity with the ingredients. Prepare a recipe that you would eat and enjoy if you were asked to shelter in place or make dinner during a power outage.


Do you accept the challenge? Share your delicious preparedness recipe using our featured ingredients!


Featured Ingredients

This year's Featured “Chili Cook-Off” Ingredients are:

  • Canned Beans
  • Chili Powder
  • Tomatoes/Tomato Sauce
  • Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper


Contest Rules

Specifically, we challenge you to:


1. Take the “Chili Cook-Off” challenge.  Share your best chili, or chili-inspired recipe using at least one Featured Ingredient and only nonperishable items. Pantry items such as canned goods (fruit, vegetables and meats),  seasonings, condiments, sweeteners, and potable water are good ideas.


2. Use manual tools (e.g., can openers and hand whisks) instead of modern appliances— especially microwaves— in the preparation. Use the oven and/or stovetop if you must, BUT we challenge you to use alternative, safe heating sources (grill, campfire) if possible.


3. Submit your “Chili Cook-Off” inspired recipe during September to receive an Emergency Kit Cook-Off apron while supplies last.


4. Brag to your friends!  Share your creation on social media using the hashtag #KitCookOff. We will re-post some of the best photos and “Chili Cook-Off” reinventions.


Share your best chili or chili-inspired recipe and motivate others with your preparedness example. Discover your inner chef by taking the Chili Cook-Off challenge!


NOTE: Persons who submit a recipe grant the Emergency Kit Cook-Off the right to distribute and reproduce entries for later web, television and radio promotions and collateral.