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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July 22, 2010 Flag

Chili for a crowd!

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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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July 23, 20100 found this helpful

This brought back memories of my mom feeding chili to half the neighborhood the night the school across from our house burnt down. She fed firefighters, neighbors, passers-by, anyone who showed up hungry. It was a sad loss to our community, but it was a great evening of fellowship.

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March 3, 2016 Flag

Setting Up a Chili Bar

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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

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June 11, 2008 Flag

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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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

Hi All: I really do cook for a crowd -- 50-75 women a day in a homeless women's shelter. Today we had chili, despite the heat. It's always a favorite. I start with a basic chili recipe (ground beef, diced tomatoes, spices, etc. then add a few cans of canned chili (Spragg's -- cuz it's the BEST I've ever found). Then I chop up a gazzilion mushrooms, green, red and yellow bell peppers, onions and celery and throw it in the mix. If there's not enough liquid I add some V-8 juice. Then cover tightly with foil and throw it into the oven for a couple of hours at 325o and VOILA!

Occasionally I experiment with other ingredients, but when you're feeding the population I'm feeding, one has to be careful not too serve anything too spicy.

When I serve it, I top it with grated cheese.

Everyone loves it!

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November 27, 2012 Flag

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

A lot of cookbooks have this in them, especially the ones put out by churches. Whenever I make chili I use a lot more beans than meat. Sometimes for the liquid I use tomato juice instead of other tomato products. Then I use the packets of seasoning and onion, and whatever else.

At one time I saw a chili recipe that was called "Everything But the Kitchen Sink Chili". I have had several people tell me the cheapest liquid to use is tomato juice, but for what I make at home I use whatever I have on hand. If you google the topic you might be able to find what you need too.

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November 28, 20121 found this helpful

Really can't get much more simple than this recipe and should be able to find most of these items for a very low cost at stores like Wal-Mart. Have adjusted amounts to serve 50.

12 lbs ground beef

12 onions, chopped

4 tbsp minced garlic

3/4 cup chili powder

1/4 cup salt

1/4 cup dried oregano

24 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes

6 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce

6 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans with liquid

Combine ground beef, onion and garlic in large stockpot over medium heat, sauté until beef is brown, drain and return to stockpot.

Stir in chili powder, salt, oregano, tomatoes, and tomato sauce, heat to boiling then reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

Stir in beans and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

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November 28, 20121 found this helpful

I did a lot of cooking of soups and chili as a volunteer. My favorite source of recipes was the Food.com 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

Allrecipes.com 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

MELLOW CHILI

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

THIS RECIPE WILL FEED A WHOLE TROOP.

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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