Tollcross chili cook-off

Lupe Pintos Chili Cook-off comes to Tollcross Pic: Contributed

Lupe Pintos Chili Cook-off comes to Tollcross Pic: Contributed

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IF you’re still recovering from the news that Mary Berry has left the Great British Bake-Off, why not spice things up a bit this weekend with a jaunt to Tollcross for the Lupe Pintos Chili Cook-off.

Saturday’s Chili Cook-off is the fifth annual event to be organised by the independent chile and spice shop Lupe Pintos and celebrates their 25th anniversary of coming to Scotland.

It also marks the publication and launch of The Third Mexican Wrestlers Cookbook, from which each of the 10 bars competing to be the 2016 chili champion have taken an influence.

The idea is simple. Buy a ticket, they’re £10 each, then work your way from venue to venue, in any order, sampling the chilis as you go.

As you do, you get a flavour of the recipes included in the cookbook.

Finally, having tried all the varieties on offer, it’s time to vote for your favourite, with the winning bar being announced tomorrow evening.

Lupe Pintos regard the Chili Cook-off as a celebration of what they do 361 days a year.

In the past the event has created quite a buzz around the Tollcross area as each venue vies for the public vote, tomorrow is set to be no exception.

Competing to produce the best chili of 2016 are The Blackbird and Bennets Bar, both Leven Street, Lock 25 and Burger, both Fountainbridge, Burlington Bertie’s on Tarvit Street, and The Blue Blazer, Spittal Street.

Also taking part are The Cuckoos Nest on Home Street, Cloisters on Brougham Street, Henrick’s Bar & Bistro on Barclay Place and Lebowskis on Morrison Street.

And if sampling all those creations inspires you to try to cook your own chili, follow the recipes in The Third Mexican Wrestlers Cookbook and not only could it help enhance your own Mexican cooking skills, but it could also assist when it comes to judging the chilis on offer at next year’s competition.

Chili Cook-off, Lupe Pintos, Leven Street, tomorrow, Noon-5.30pm, £10 available from Lupe Pintos, 0131-228 6241