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Chili Party Buffet or Chili Bar Recipes

Updated on May 23, 2017
Easy Chili Recipe
Easy Chili Recipe | Source

I am in a party mood! How about we have a Chili Party, sounds exciting to me! I am a foodie so my parties always have food as the star!

This would be good for a Super Bowl, Mexican Fiesta or Cinco de Mayo party too!
You can just make your favorite chili recipe or here is some of my chili recipes.

There is no right or wrong way to have a chili party, but I would defiantly use
disposable paper goods and utensils. Chili is very messy, but oh so good.

Decorations always are nice, bright colors, sombreros, flower, chili peppers, clay
dishes a few to get you started.

I like to use plates and bowls for serving, sometimes you can get carried away with add-ons.

Display the choice of items in bright-colored bowls for add-ons.

Chili Toppings

pinto or black beans
sour cream
avocado slices
cheese, shredded
tortilla chips
Pico de gallo
salsa, mild and hot
flour tortillas
onions, chopped
black olives
scallions, sliced
jalapeños, sliced

Easy Chili Recipe

On one of those cold winter days put a large pot of chili on to simmer. This recipe can be made on the stove-top or in a slow cooker. It is delicious served with pinto beans, a big slice of cornbread, homemade bread or crackers.

The tomato paste and paprika works in a mysterious way to give thickening for this wonderful chili recipe.

Some ways to use chili is in hot dogs, Frito pies, stuffed into a baked potato, or on top of corn chips sprinkled with cheese for an appetizer.


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, or 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 6-ounces tomato paste
  • salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pot.
  2. Add to the ground beef mixture; onions, garlic, cumin, paprika, garlic, chili powder, salt, pepper, and the tomato paste.
  3. Add enough water to make the gravy; I use about 5 cans full using the tomato paste can.
  4. Mix well; do not add any thickening, the tomato paste, and paprika works together to thicken.
  5. Simmer until the meat is tender.
  6. Ladle into the bowls and enjoy!


  • You can make ahead and freeze.
  • Do not use the tomato sauce in place of tomato paste.
  • May tops with cheese, green onions, jalapeno if desired.
  • Recipe may be double or triple to make the amount of servings you need.

Southwestern Chicken Chili

Southwestern Chicken Chili
Southwestern Chicken Chili | Source

Chicken chili is filled with chunks of chicken breast, corn, and black beans. Top with cheese, jalapeños, and avocado slices.Great sides to add are a salad and flour tortillas or cornbread for a satisfying meal.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8-ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1-14 1/2-ounce can chicken broth
  • 1-15 1/4-ounce corn, undrained
  • 1-15 1/2-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-14 1/2-ounce cans Mexican style tomatoes with green chilies


  1. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chicken, onion, and garlic; sauté until chicken is opaque, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the cumin, salt, chili powder, and the cayenne pepper.
  4. Cook two minutes until the spices are blended and it smells good.
  5. Pour in the chicken, broth, corn (with liquid), black beans, and the tomatoes.
  6. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for 15 minute
  7. This recipe makes 8 one cup servings.

Mex-Tex Turkey Chili

Tex-Mex Chili

Mex-Tex Chili
Mex-Tex Chili | Source

It is getting close to the time to pull out the chili recipes. Here is a great chili recipe using pinto beans, which I love, you may use any kind of beans you like. You can top with cheddar cheese, onions or even guacamole. I also like a big slice of corn bread. You could also make this in the slow cooker. Hope you enjoy this delicious Tex-Mex Chili.


  • ½ pound dried pinto beans
  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings ( I know fatting, that it what make them taste so good)
  • 3 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1-16 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 dried hot red pepper (leave out if you do not like spicy)


  1. Sort and wash the pinto beans; place in a large pot.
  2. Cover with water, about 2 inches above the beans; cover and let soak overnight.
  3. Drain the water off the beans, add fresh water to cover the beans.
  4. Add the bacon drippings and 3 tablespoons of the chili powder.
  5. Cover and simmer 1 hour or until tender add more water if necessary, only add hot water.
  6. Combine the ground beef, onion, and the garlic in a large pot.
  7. Cover over medium heat until the ground beef is brown, drain.
  8. Stir in 1/3 cup chili powder, salt, sugar, cumin and the diced tomatoes; cover, reduce the heat and simmer 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  9. Add the beans and the hot red pepper; continue cooking for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove the hot red pepper before serving.

Yields 2 ½ quarts.

Beans in your chili or not!

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Gebhardt Chili Powder, 3-Ounce
Gebhardt Chili Powder, 3-Ounce

Gebhardt Chili Powder is the best! Mom said so and she knows, she has used it for many years and I have too!


Best Pot For Cooking Chili!

Lodge L8DOL3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles, Pre-Seasoned, 5-Quart
Lodge L8DOL3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles, Pre-Seasoned, 5-Quart

This cast iron Dutch oven is definitely the best pot to cook your chili low and slow! Mom made so many delicious pots of chili in one and taught me the secret!


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© 2016 Margie Lynn

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      Brinafr3sh 10 months ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Margie, it's chili when it has beans in it, that's my opinion. I want to try the first chili recipe, seems delicious for and quick for watching TV shows or a movie with. Thanks

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      Margie Lynn 10 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

      It is a very good recipe! I am all for easy

      Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy with your movie!

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