NOLA Chili Throwdown Cindy vs CaJohn

A chili throwdown was held at the NOLA Hot Sauce & Gourmet Food Show in New Orleans between 2 chili heavyweights. Cindy Reed Wilkins from Cin Chili and CaJohn of CaJohn Fiery Foods took their award winning chili mixes to the show and let the public decide who was the best. There is so much smack talk during this event you will probably feel the heat just watching it. This is broken down into 2 videos. The 2nd part includes crowd feedback, plus the announcement of the winner.

James Wreck from does a great job as the emcee and at times the referee, and wears the lovely Lonestar Apron-skirt in the 2nd part of the videos.

Part 1

Part 2

Cin Chili
Cindy: ci***@ci******.com
Bruce: br***@ci******.com
For Wholesale pricing, contact sa***@ci******.com

CaJohn’s Fiery Foods
2040 Oakland Park Avenue
P.O. Box 24010
Columbus, OH 43224
Toll Free: 888-703-FIRE
Tel: 614-418-0808
email: ca****@ca*****.com

19 thoughts on “NOLA Chili Throwdown Cindy vs CaJohn

  • July 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I bought 3 packages of Cin chili recently. When I got them I noticed all 3 mixes had hardened and looked like maybe they were old. 😐 I asked Cindy If it was alright to return them for some that the spices were not clotted together, like I’ve had before….. (just like in this video)! She said they are fine, it was the oils in the spices that was causing that, but would exchange them if I really prefer. I sent them back and a week later received what looked like the exact same mixes. 😐 I tried to contact her again and never heard back. 😐 I think I’ll do a video of me preparing and eating the chili (exactly like she did) and see how it compares.(to her fresh non-clotted chili mix). I hope it tastes as good…. I’d hate to waste some good beef on a bad mix.. 😐 If it does come out I’ll owe her an apology I guess.

    Cin chili vs Cin chili
    Watch for it coming soon!!!!

  • July 3, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Gates of Hell

  • July 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I’d put my chili up against anybody’s anytime…hehehe:) I LOVE making it, I find it theraputic…..

  • July 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Anytime, and I would even let Annabelle be the judge. 😈

  • July 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    You have no chance Buddahman!

  • July 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Keep the dream alive Thomas if it makes you feel better.

  • July 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    You don’t know how many times I’ve been told that. In fact, the producer from the show in NOLA even wants to compete next year! There were people in the crowd saying that their’s would prevail if they were entered. I’ve only got one thing to say to all of you self-proclaimed Chili Masters out there. Enter a cook-off. They are held at numerous and varying times in all parts of the country. Step up and try your luck! Cindy is one of the best to have ever cooked a pot of red. I know her sentiments are the same. I’m not angered by your statement, it’s just time you folks quit talkin’ and start cookin’.

  • July 5, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I make mine about two or three times a year, because it’s pretty expensive to make. I use 2 large london broils which I grill first before slicing and putting it in the pot, I also use alot of sweet Italian and chorizo sausage…I’m not into competing or keeping to many “secrets”, I just make it because I love to share it with everybody and it’s goooood:) I cook it down for many hours so the london broil just melts in your mouth. I also use Guinness and dark chocolate as a couple of my “background flavors”….a lot of People have said “you should enter a contest”, but to me, it would add pressure and take the fun away – I just like to trash talk Buddah!

  • July 5, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Ditto. I knew if I said anything about my chili on the video or here, it would get on John’s competitive nerve. That is too much to resist. I was poking his New Orleans Saint pride during the contest by suggesting that he was buying favor from the crowd. I just couldn’t resist.

    The thing about my chili is a big part of the makeup of it comes from CaJohn- the homemade Cajun spice blend he made for Eric and I, plus his Italian salsa.

  • July 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    “My” chili recipe is really my wife’s, so I can’t take credit for it. Just like everyone else, I think it’s one of the best I’ve ever tasted and (no offense at all to the professional chili makers) think it could stand up to them any day of the week.

    But like the multitudes of flavors and types of hot sauces or salsa, other people (aka judges) look for other things so I don’t know how it would fare in a contest.

  • July 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    It’s the first thing I ever learned to cook when I was about 11 or 12, following the directions on the back of the spice envelope…it’s slowly progressed into a “monster” as I got older and more daring with ingredients…LOL:0

  • July 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Well said Scott, we all have our likes/dislikes/can’t stand/etc. If you don’t believe in what you do, you have no business doing it. Just give us that try to make a living from these things a bit of credit. we know we can’t please everyone, but that don’t stop us from trying!

    And Buddah, I know what your chili tastes like…

  • July 5, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I’m a huge fan of everything you do John – I have a section of my basement filled with your products/collectables! The 10 Wing sauce is a staple condiment at my house:p

  • July 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    generally the “clotting” is from moisture absorption.

    packaging could be upgraded

  • July 8, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you for the kind words and support!

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