A Chili Party Menu

Amanda Glendinning's menu of hearty chili and treats for her perfect Chili Party


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.

 

Appetizers:

Tipsy Maple Corn

From thirschfeld/Food52

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.

 

Chips and Salsa

From TheDailyMeal.com

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.

 

 

Entrees:

Two Beef and Bean Chili

From TheDailyMeal.com

A hearty chili with a deep chocolate flavor.

 

Turkey Chili

From Avocado Bravado

A lighter alternative to beef chili.

 

Sweetened Corny Cornbread

From TheDailyMeal.com

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.

 

Green Salad

From TheDailyMeal.com

Something simple to round out the meal.

 

 

Dessert:

Chocolate Chili Cupcakes with a Chocolate Bourbon Glaze

From TheDailyMeal.com

The hint of spice in the cake is mellowed nicely by the sweet Bourbon glaze.

 

Caramel Apples

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.

 

Mint Chocolate Brownies

From Bliss Tree

Plain brownies are jazzed up with a layer of mint frosting, then a ganache topping.

 

Apple Strudel

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!

 

Mini Cupcakes

From TheDailyMeal.com

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.

 

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