If you like it hot, this is the challenge for you!  Even if you can't make it to the 2011 Eat Real Festival in person, you can share your chili know-how online.  Show us how you like to spice things up in the Chili Pepper Challenge.  

Enter your original Step-by-Step, Photo, or Video Instructable showing us your recipe, project, or technique for kicking it up a notch with chili peppers.  Any project made with chilis is eligible; enter to win an awesome set of Japanese knives!

Top entries may also be eligible to compete in the Canned Heat Contest at the LA Eat Real Festival.

Update: contest now closes Monday night, July 4!  Make good use of the extra holiday to post your hot chili favorites.

Ready to start? Click here!

Read more about the free Eat Real Festival, follow the festival on Facebook or on Twitter,  and come celebrate, share, and learn more about food! July 16-17 in LA, and September 23-25 in Oakland, CA.

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to international entries. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PDT, July 4.

The Chili Pepper Challenge is closed.


First Prize (3 winners)

Three first prize winners will receive this 3-piece Global Knife Set.  The knives are forged by hand in Japan, using stainless steel that is hardened in a process inspired by the crafting of ancient samurai swords.  A favorite of Instructables CEOs worldwide!  

Also included is an Instructables prize pack with pro membership, robot t-shirt and more!

Second Prize (5 winners)

5 winners will receive this 2-piece Kyocera Ceramic Blade Knife Set.  These traditional Japanese knives feature a lightweight nonreactive ceramic blade that holds its edge ten times longer than steel.  Take that, chili pepper!

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Jun 6, 2011 and Jun 26, 2011 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Chili Pepper Challenge. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.