Welcome y'all.


Our Beginning

The Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert - Wick Fowler Memorial Championship Chili Cook-Off (OTICCC) is the “granddaddy of all chili cook-offs in the United States and worldwide. 

Founded in 1967 by Frank X. Tolbert and Wick Fowler to settle a dispute about whether Texans or New Yorkers knew more about chili, what started as a two man stunt and has grown to attract thousands of attendees from around the world every year. 


"In '67 it started in jest at a place called Terlingua, way out west."

— Tom Skipper


This year we'll celebrate our 52nd Annual Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert - Wick Fowler Championship Chili Cookoff.

Wednesday October 31st
- through -
Sunday November 4th.


Our Mission

We love two things. Chili and giving back. The OTICCC is a 501(c)(3) Corporation and over the years we have raised and donated money to charities around Texas.

Festival co-founder, Wick Fowler died of ALS on September 22nd, 1972. To honor his memory, the mission of The Cook-Off is to celebrate the National Dish of Texas, Chili, in addition to raising charitable funds to support finding a cure for ALS.

The primary beneficiary of our ALS fundraising is The ALS Association of Texas, which provides ground level services and support to patients suffering from this horrible disease. Additionally, it is a leading financial supporter of global research and clinical care centers around the state of Texas. We’re proud to be supporters of the great work they do around the state, and country, to end this debilitating disease.