Learn how to host a Chili Party with these easy ideas and Free Printable decorations. This is a simple dinner party you can throw together quick. There is NO cooking involved, only heating up chili and dicing toppings.
Fun and easy dinner ideas for a crowd! Perfect for birthdays, a fall potluck or football party buffet ideas.
Fun Chili Party Ideas and Printable Decorations
Learn how to host a simple Chili Party with these fun dinner ideas! As much as I love a good homemade meal, sometimes it’s just way easier to buy ready made meals.
I hosted a Wolf Brand Chili dinner party with some friends while LIVE Tweeting about it. Confused? Basically, I just talked to people on Twitter about what I was doing for the party.
Our hashtag #1TexasChili was trending on Twitter for a while. Everyone loves chili, especially during fall weather and football season!
There is NO cooking involved, only heating up chili and dicing toppings. That’s my kind of party! I’m excited to share my chili party ideas with you.
How to Host a Chili Party
First you’ll need cute Chili Party Decorations. I designed cute free printables for a Chili Bar that you will love!
The printable decor (found below) along with these chili party ideas would be perfect for a fall potluck, birthday dinner or football party buffet.
We had a Chili Bar full of all kinds of toppings to try on your chili. If you haven’t tried Wolf Brand Chili in a while, now is the time.
My friends all agreed that it was great! These are women that love to cook homemade chili and probably haven’t tasted this brand in a while. I love it because it’s not only tasty, but fast and easy!
After doing many taste tests, we gave it two thumbs up.
Originally published October 16, 2013, updated January 2023
What Toppings Go on a Chili Bar?
There are so many great topping ideas for a chili bar! Because we did a taste test, I used the following toppings.
- cheddar cheese
- tortilla chips
- banana peppers
- red peppers
- white onions
- red onions
- tater tots
- blue cheese
- smoked gouda cheese
- hot dogs
- sour cream
What You Need for a Chili Party
For the chili party supplies, you will need chili, bowls or cups, spoons and napkins.
I had small cups and plastic spoons available to sample toppings before the guests decided which toppings they would choose for their final big bowl.
Using a Crock Pot to keep the chili warm is a good idea.
Chili Bar Taste Test Station
The chili bar taste station was so fun! We ended up getting full from taste testing each topping on our chili that we never even used the actual bowls. It was really fun!
The top three favorite toppings were smoked gouda cheese, Fritos and avocado!
Coming in a close second was blue cheese. My husband told everyone he thought you only needed a few crumbles, that a little goes a long way. He was right! Just a few sprinkles of blue cheese was heavenly.
Fun Idea for Kids to Try New Foods
The kids loved the taste test station! Overall, the tater tots were the kids’ favorite.
The adults loved mixing all of the veggies together. The red pepper was a favorite because it gave the chili some crunch.
My son just realized that he likes chili after going to a cub scout camp out and he was all over this taste test. It was fun to create something that both kids and parents enjoyed together!
Chili in a Jar
There was so much chili left over that I made up layered Chili in Jar to store in my fridge for later.
With good canned chili like Wolf Brand Chili, this is so simple and really cute! My free printable circle tags work perfect on the jars.
Easy Homemade Chili Recipe
Prefer to make chili from scratch? Check out this amazing healthy Turkey Chili Recipe. If you prefer beef vs turkey, just replace the turkey with ground beef.
Download the Chili Party Free Printables
I designed some cute free party printables so you can host your own chili party!
This Free Printable Chili Party Collection comes with 9 files. Click a link below to download each one. Enjoy!
- 8×10 Party Sign
- 5×7 Party Sign
- Keep Calm Eat More Chili
- Party Flags
- Food Labels
- Circle Tags
- Toppings Rate Sheet
- Yellow gingham paper
- Red gingham paper
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Wolf Brand Chili. All opinions about recipes and products are genuine and my own.