Dougie Bell aka El Cocinero and Rolando Cardenas aka Kan Kun Luchador are currently putting together a new cookbook due for publication 2015
The book is a collection of old family recipes with modern fusion Mexican, a CHILI Section and a Taco Loco section , The book will also feature the award winning recipes from the cook –off.
The cook book will be launched at the 2015 chili Cook-off.

Kan _Kun Luchador will be special guest Judge at both 2014 events and his wonderful Chipotle and Habanero sauces will be present at all Venues.
Meet the man taste his sauce.
El Cocinero will make a debut appearance.
Join them both as special judges come as a luchador this year.


The Lupe Pinto Chili Cook-offs have become a colourful dress up extravaganza with Frida Khalo, Rancheras, Day of the Dead, and Mucha Lachadores. Come dressed to impress.


One day I was doing a shift in the Glasgow shop, "do you realize I have come all the way from the South side to shop here" said a customer. "you would think it was the wild west the way your talking" said a good regular from Oban. Eureka! Wild West/ Chilli cook-off. The Glasgow shop is surrounded by great little gourmet bars trying hard to entice customers across the kelvin bridge and up Great Western road to an Area not exactly off the beaten track and yet often ignored by many Glasgow folk.

How it works

Work your way round our eclectic range of bars and cafes in any direction or order you wish.,You will recieve a 50g taster pot at each venue. Score each venue on Taste, Texture and Originality.

Do not score on heat. Any fool can make a chili hot and there will be hot sauce on hand at each venue for those who like to up the heat level.

Total your scores make your decision and choose.

At the end of the tasting put your completed SCORE CARD in the box at LUPE PINTOS

  • Results will be announced at each venue around 6.30pm
  • Check venues and their websites for special promotions and events before and after the cook-off.
  • Check for raffle prizes and winners.

2011 Winner Roxy 171

The runnaway success of last years Great Western Chilicook-off was the Roxy171. The new venture was opened only weeks before the event and although confident like most of the Venues, no one could predict the public opinion. The Roxy171 had over 200 of the 500 votes. Tchai-ovna came second. Cafe Cherabini third. The Special Judges prize was a close call between Stravaigin and The Roxy but the general consensus tipped in favour of the Roxy 171.

I fired a few questions at Jamie Maclean The Roxy171 manager about last years astounding achievement.


Glasgow // 313 Great Western Road
Edinburgh // 24 Leven Street