The 28th annual United Way Chili Cook-Off pits pro versus versus amateurs in a beany-meaty, sometimes even cornbread-y competition.

This year’s challenge, which gives tasters a say in the winner, is 5-7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

The cook-off features up to 40 flavors and averages about 1,500 chili tasters. Tickets are available at the event.