It’s football season, which means time for tailgating and Sunday get togethers. I love hosting these kinds of parties because they’re fun and a great way for the guys to watch the game, and the girls to chitchat and catch up on life!
Buffet style food is the best and easiest thing for large get togethers and tailgates! Everyone gets to create their own meal to what they like, and everyone always loves that.
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I made my one of my favorite chilis and loaded our table with all kinds of toppings. Since this chili was going to be loaded with toppings I made my simple 4 ingredient turkey chili (if you like ground beef you can substitute that. I will list my recipe at the end of the post.
You can always have more things out, but this is what I like and use when I hosting a Chili Bar Party.
Chili Bar Fixings:
- Hot Dogs/Sausages
- Tortilla Chips
- Sour Cream/Plain Greek Yogurt
- Shredded Cheese
- Corn Chips
- Diced Jalapeno (fresh or pickled)
- Green onion
- Red onion
Chili is one of the easiest and most versatile, plus once Fall and Winter come it’s a warm meal that is so cozy. You don’t have to have it for just big parties at home. You can also make a large pot on a Sunday and meal prep it for meals throughout the week. Here’s a few ideas you can do with left over chili.
6 Chili Meal Ideas
- Chili dogs – this is the easiest to do and makes a good, easy week night meal.
- Chili Nachos – grab all your leftovers from the chili bar and make nachos!
- Stuffed peppers – I mix the the chili with a little rice, stuff bell peppers and top with cheese. Bake until peppers are soft (about 25 minute) and cheese is melted.
- Taco salad – this is such an easy lunch or dinner. I typically put a salad together while chili is warming in the microwave. Top salad with chili, plain greek yogurt and some tortilla strips.
- Chili baked potatoes (sweet or regular potatoes will work) – cut potatoes in half, sprinkle with olive oil, and pepper. Roast at 400 until potatoes are soft and cooked through. Then top with chili and other favorite toppings
- Stuffed Spaghetti Squash – I cut the squash in half, rub a little olive oil on it and sprinkle with pepper. Face down on a foil lined cookie sheet and roast at 450 for about 30-40 minutes (until soft). Then scrape out the spaghetti squash center to create a bowl. Mix chili and squash together, fill the squash bowls and top with cheese. Bake until cheese is melted. Serve just like that, or use any left over toppings you may have.
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4 – Ingredient Chili Recipe
- 1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
- 2 cans Rotel (our diced tomatoes with green chilis)
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 packet chili seasoning
Place all ingredients in crockpot. Set on low and cook for 4-6 hours, or high to cut the time in half. Serve with topping, or with one of the meal ideas above.
This is the easiest chili recipe. When making for a large group I double the turkey and seasoning only. I don’t double the beans because my husbands prefers not to have them at all, but I still like a little.
What is your favorite way to enjoy Chili? I’d love to hear any of your ideas in the comments below!
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