Crowd-Pleasing Chili Ideas

Chili is a great recipe to make when you need to feed a lot of people: It’s easy to make, it’s easy to scale up to feed a crowd, and everyone loves it! Here’s a great recipe for chili for a crowd:


  • 3 lb. ground beef
  • 5 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 29-oz. cans of tomato sauce
  • 3 29-oz. cans of diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 15 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 32-oz. cans of kidney beans
  • 3 15-oz. cans of black beans
  • 9 chopped serrano peppers
  • 5 cups chopped bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 6 tbsp. cumin
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. pepper


  1. Set your stove burner to medium heat. Add the olive oil to a large pot, then add the minced garlic and let it cook for a minute. Then, add your onions and cook them until they’re translucent.
  2. Add your ground beef and break it up into little chunks. Cook it until you don’t see any pink.
  3. Add your beans, peppers, and seasonings. Stir all of these ingredients together.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring the chili to a rolling boil, then turn down the heat to the lowest setting.
  5. Cover it and let it simmer for 30 minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency.

Serving Suggestions

The easiest way to serve your chili is buffet-style with a toppings bar, including plenty of shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips, chopped onions or scallions, avocado slices, and perhaps some lime wedges. Other crowd-pleasing chili ideas include serving hot dogs, fries, nachos, or baked potatoes to ladle the chili over.

Chuck 'The Chili Guy' Miller

Hey I'm Chuck "The Chili Guy" Miller. Chili is my passion so I have expertly crafted my list of tried and true award worthy chili recipes that will warm your soul. My gift to you from one chili connoisseur to another. - Chuck

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