Build Your Own Chili Bar

How to throw a chili bar party
 
If you have an army to feed, we have two words for you: chili bar. Chili is a hearty meal than can warm you up on the coldest of days; and a chili bar is a fun, easy way to satisfy your in-laws at the next family gathering or good friends at a Super Bowl party. Plus, with endless options for toppings, everyone will get exactly what they want -- even the kids.
 
Entertaining guests with a chili bar is simple. Start with the chili, obviously. Red chili or white chili, beany or beanless, vegetarian or beefy -- or chicken-y, or bear-y -- thin or thick, hot or cold. Well, probably just hot. The point is, you can’t really go wrong with chili. 
 
Topping Ideas for a Chili Bar Party
 
Once you’ve decided on the chili, it’s time to pile on the fixins. (This is where it gets fun.) Shredded cheese, sour cream and Frito’s are a given; but here’s a long list of other topping ideas that will make your chili bar a hit:
 
  • Diced Onion
  • Sliced Jalepenos
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Tater Tots (trust us on this one)
  • Guacamole or Sliced Avacado
  • Roasted Garlic Cloves
  • Cilantro
  • Lime Wedges
  • Bacon
  • Cornbread Muffins
  • Hot sauce
  • Bowl of antacids (funny and necessary)
 
If you’re looking for even more variety, you can add bread bowls, baked potatoes, hot dogs and waffle fries to your spread. Speaking of waffles, try using pumpkin beer waffles as your bottom layer. You won't regret it (see!)
 
Chili Bar with Chili and Pumpkin-Beer Waffles
 
Last, and certainly not least, be sure to have some milk on hand for the guy who always overdoes it on the hot sauce. There's one in every group.
 
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