Amanda made most of these dishes herself, and had her guests bring their choice of beverage, but you can also assign various dishes to friends or family when hosting a chili party of your own.
Inspired by the classic peanut-caramel popcorn snack mix, but with a hint of Jack Daniels. Be sure to bake the popcorn until it is crispy.
Cheese Plates with Fruit and Crackers
Choose a variety of cheeses, and serve them with chutney, fresh fruit, and crackers.
A classic snack that can also garnish your chili.
Candy Corn and Candies
Serve some seasonal candies for people to eat at the party, or bring home.
A hearty chili with a deep chocolate flavor.
From Avocado Bravado
A lighter alternative to beef chili.
The perfect complement to chili; try adding fresh kernels of corn or diced jalapeno to the batter for more flavor and texture.
Fixins’ for the Chili
Don’t forget to offer toppings, like sour cream, grated cheese, guacamole, and chives, so guests can spice it up or dull the heat.
Something simple to round out the meal.
The hint of spice in the cake is mellowed nicely by the sweet Bourbon glaze.
From Brown Eyed Baker
You can simply dip the apples in caramel, or go all out, dipping them again in dark or white chocolates, coconut flakes, or chocolate chips.
From Bliss Tree
Plain brownies are jazzed up with a layer of mint frosting, then a ganache topping.
From Cooking for Seven
A classic fall dessert that can be a breeze to prep if you don't want to make the dough from scratch: use store-bought puff pastry!
Why buy them when you can make your own? Leave them plain, offering frostings and candies for guests to decorate their own, for a fun activity.