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Making Chili for a Large Group

Feeding a large group takes some calculating to make the right amount of food. This guide is about making chili for a large group.

A bowl of chili with corn bread.
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November 27, 2012 Flag
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I need a recipe for chili to feed 50. I am going to use this in a soup kitchen so must watch costs.

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November 28, 20120 found this helpful

I did a lot of cooking of soups and chili as a volunteer. My favorite source of recipes was the site. In the place where the recipe indicates the number of servings, it is possible to scale up to the number you are attempting to serve and it will automatically give you the quantities. If you have a Cash and Carry store, it is possible to buy in large quantities at a good price and it's much easier than opening many small cans. Good luck!

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November 28, 20120 found this helpful has great recipes submitted by regular people and you can adjust the number of servings.

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November 29, 20120 found this helpful

Cut this in half.

Chili for 100 People

12 lbs. ground beef

5 1/2 oz. chili powder

3 tbsp. cumin

1 (#10) can ketchup

1 lb. onions, minced

1 tbsp. black pepper

2 (#10) cans tomato juice

4 to 5 (#10) cans beans or chili beans

Brown ground beef in large kettle; add onions. Cook until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, to blend flavors and bring to a serving temperature. This large amount will take most of the day to cook. I use an electric roaster. We have used this recipe annually for years.

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November 29, 20120 found this helpful


olive oil

3 medium onions, chopped

2 green peppers, chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

8 lbs ground beef

1 can tomato paste

2 can stewed tomatoes

2 can tomato sauce

1 can mild salsa

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 3oz jars chili powder

1 jalapeno chili, chopped

2 tsp salt

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp black pepper

2 large cans chili beans in gravy


Thinly cover a pot with olive oil. Sauté green peppers, onions, and celery 10 minutes. Add meat and cook until brown. Stir in tomato paste, stewed tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Simmer 15 minutes. Add rest of ingredients and simmer -1 hour. Stir occasionally. Serve

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July 22, 2010 Flag
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Chili for a crowd!




Brown ground beef in large kettle. Drain fat. Add other ingredients. Cover and simmer over low heat about 2 hours. Serves 24-30

By Robin from Washington, Ia

March 3, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about setting up a chili bar. A chili bar is a tasty addition to the menu for your next party or family get together

Setting Up a Chili Bar

June 11, 2008 Flag
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Take 1 - 1/2 lb. of hamburger, regular or deer burger makes it good also. Sprinkle some salt into a skillet or iron dutch oven skillet if you have one, brown with 1 large onion or minced ones from a bottle. After browning, add 2-3 cans of tomato soup right out of the can, then add 2-3 cans of red kidney beans, then add a half package of regular taco mix (they are like 3 packages for 1.00). If you like it real spicy, then add the full package. Add water till it's as thick as you want. Simmer for about 20 minutes, serve or sometimes I make a double batch and eat 1 and freeze the other. It keeps great in the freezer. Makes enough for 6 - 8 people.

By Rossingtongton_Rybel from Reedsville, Ohio

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