Set up a chili bar with these tips, ideas, and images, plus my all-purpose chili recipe!
Set up this chili bar for casual entertaining, including Game Day parties!
Today I’m sharing an idea that you can use for Fall or Winter entertaining, as well as a timely idea for Super Bowl & other Football gatherings. I thought, ‘what could be more hearty, manly, and versatile than a chili bar?’
I didn’t want to do a chili tasting or cook-off because I think most people have seen that already. Instead I thought about the many ways you can serve chili using one all-purpose recipe. This is how it usually goes at my house: First round is chili & tortillas, next day leftovers are served over pasta, at a fast food restaurant we order chili & baked potato, or chili cheese fries, etc.
This is a fun way to set up a buffet for friends and even the kids loved making their own variations. Using some printable tags to label lots of chili toppers + root beer. You can see my list of chili bar toppings below, plus the delicious recipe I used that goes with everything!
Feel free to add a southwestern touch with this slow cooker fiesta chili recipe. Or go in another direction with this slow cooker white chili with chicken & sausage. For those times when you just want to make something totally indulgent and rich, try this cheesy chili recipe.
Follow these ideas to Set up a Chili Bar
Follow these Chili Bar Menu ideas
Prepare Base items that you can top with the all purpose chili recipe
- Hot Dogs
- Crinkle cut french fries
- Small bags of Fritos corn chips
- Baked Potatoes
Provide chili bar toppings for the chili dishes
- Shredded cheese
- Sour Cream
- Diced Onion
- Sliced Jalapenos
- Diced Tomatoes
- other condiments like ketchup & mustard for the hot dogs
Layer the base items with the chili and selected toppings and you have a great meal. I suggest small servings so you can have more than one combo. You may even want to cut the hot dogs in half.
One of my personal favorites is the Fritos bags that you can just grab and go. You fill the bag with the chili and toppings and eat right out of the bag!
To hide the not-so-attractive crock pot, I wrapped it with burlap. I served root beer from a large urn, which you could also fill with beer of course.
If you love this post, check out my Soup Bar for more ideas, tips, and recipes for stylish entertaining at home!
This chili bar was a huge hit with the family. The husband loved it, the kids loved it, and it could even be used for a tween or teen birthday buffet.
What’s your favorite chili bar combination? You can get custom printable tags to label your food at Party Box designs.
Now here is the tasty all purpose chili recipe that goes with everything on the chili bar.
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, browned
- Chili Seasoning Packet – “Original” flavor
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 can water
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on high for 6 hours.