Texas Tech's Top Culinarians Compete at the Super Bowl of Chili

Chefs and cooks from Hospitality Services go head-to-head for the best recipe on campus.

In celebration of the Super Bowl this weekend, Texas Tech University's top culinarians went head-to-head Friday (Jan. 30) at Hospitality Services' second annual Super Bowl of Chili cookoff.

Students, faculty and staff gathered in the Red Raider Lounge at the Student Union Building to sample and vote for the best chili recipe on campus, with a variety of flavors including some vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

After a close competition, winning only by one vote, All You Care to Eat from the Hulen/Clement residence hall took the coveted silver ladle trophy for its flavorful “Holy Moly Tamale” chili recipe with pulled pork served with tamales, fresh cream and cilantro.

“It feels really good to win this year's chili cookoff,” said Jason Ortega, Hulen/Clement dining hall supervisor. “There's no special or secret ingredient. It's just all about the fresh ingredients.”

After a close competition and winning by just one vote, a team from the Hulen/Clement Dining Hall took the coveted prize. The team's winning recipe, created by team member Laura Vazquez, includes fresh chili paste and Cajun and chipotle seasonings.

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