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.

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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

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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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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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Chili for a crowd!


  • 4 cups chopped onion
  • 4 green peppers, chopped
  • 4 lb. ground beef
  • salt, to taste
  • 10 cups canned tomatoes
  • 8 cups canned kidney beans
  • 4 tsp. chili powder
  • garlic powder, opt.


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

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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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