Menu: Chili Party

Meal plan: combine an optional appetizer, bread, mixed salad, main dish (the CHILI), beverage, and dessert. Plan on 1 lb food per person (4 oz each meat, salads/potato, vegetable, and dessert). This is a great menu to feed a crowd in the autumn or winter season; perhaps for Super Bowl Sunday?

Ginger-spiced pecans (or Sweet Spiced Pecans)
Spinach dip with pita chips (recipe)

Cornbread mini-muffins (recipe)
Tortilla chips

Mixed romaine salad with carrots, onion, and a vinaigrette dressing

MAIN DISH: Black bean chili (recipe) with a large array of toppings

Examples of toppings:

  • avocado slices
  • caramelized or oven-roasted onions
  • chopped bell peppers (red, yellow, and orange are easier to digest than green)
  • cotijo cheese or goat cheese (crumbled)
  • cubed turkey breast (smoked or roasted)
  • diced chicken
  • guacamole
  • hot sauce
  • one red salsa
  • one tomatillo salsa
  • pepper jack cheese or cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • roasted pumpkin seeds
  • roasted baby carrots, sliced
  • scallions, diced
  • sour cream
  • tomato slices

Dark Mexican beer (Negra Modelo)
Lemonade or Limeade (recipe)
Margaritas (recipe)
Mint Iced Tea (recipe)
and assorted sodas

DESSERT (pick one):
Caramel sundaes
Chocolate chip cookies
Brownies and ice cream
Sheet cake and margarita ice cream
Lime-glazed cookies with lemon sorbet

Adapted from multiple notes in my files and a discussion started by Rucy on thekitchn (link)