Chili Bar

Chili Bar. Having friends over for a casual lunch or dinner? How about a fun party for this year’s Super Bowl Sunday? What’s better than a couple of crockpots brimming with bubbling chili and a huge spread of all the fixin’s? Add some cooked pasta for Chili Mac and some Fritos to make Frito Pie or salad greens for a tasty Chili Taco Salad. And to make your party even more fun, have your guests bring their favorite chilis and have a Chili Cookoff with a blue ribbon for the winner.

Two of my fave chilis (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Set out a nice buffet with a festive tablecloth. Use Crock Pots for your chilis. Large bowls with spoons or tongs will help serve the toppings and other additions. Have plenty of napkins and flatware on hand. See below for my Chili Bar Map to help you arrange your table.

Try my favorite chili recipes and add a few of your own:

The Food Lover’s Award-Winning Black Bean Chili

Black Bean Chili and Cornbread (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

White Chicken Chili with Green Chiles

White Chicken Chili with Shredded Monterey Jack (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Red Chicken Chili with Beer

Red Chicken Chili with Guinness Beer topped with Cheeses, Sour Cream, and Cilantro (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Baked Bean Chili

Baked Bean Chili — wonderfully satisfying on a cold night (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)


For the Fixin’s portion of the Bar, pick your favorites from this list:

Shredded cheddar cheese
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Crumbled bacon bits
Sliced or diced fresh or jarred jalapeños
Diced sweet onion
Sliced scallions
Sliced black or green olives
Chopped fresh tomato
Diced avocado
Lime wedges
Sour cream
Chipotle cream dressing
Assorted bottled hot sauces
Fresh salsa
Shaved bittersweet chocolate (an amazing addition to chili!)
Whole or crushed tortilla chips
Saltine and oyster crackers
Crumbled cornbread
Flour and corn tortillas
Chopped cilantro
Fritos as a base for Frito Pie
Cooked elbow macaroni, penne, or spaghetti noodles to assemble a Chili Mac
Salad greens as a base for a Chili Taco Salad

Offer your favorite beverages such as iced tea, beer, wine, or water. A Chili Bar is a simple way for your guests to help themselves to party food whenever they wish.

Here’s a MAP you can use for your Chili Bar!


Order a Crock Pot from for your Chili Bar:

Black Bean Chili smothers a Taco Salad (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Black Bean Chili over Pasta makes a mean Chili Mac (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals) (Copyright Adroit Ideals 2017)

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