Vanessa, also known as Chefdruck, is a foodie, writer and mom living in Chicago with her husband and four children. Whether you're planning a holiday dinner party or small impromptu get together with friends, Vanessa has easy menu ideas and helpful tips to minimize your time in the kitchen so you have more time to spend with your friends and family. Vanessa's personal blog can be found at chefdruck.com
Chili con Carne is one of my favorite dishes to serve to a crowd during basketball season. This party recipe is a snap to prepare, and on a cold winter evening, a big pot of chili is greeted by shouts of pleasure by guys and gals alike. Once their bellies are full of beans, tomatoes, and ground beef, friends can really settle in for some serious basketball watching and hanging out.
I like to serve chili as a toppings bar, so everyone can customize it to their liking. I offer raw onions, freshly grated sharp cheddar, Cheez-It crackers, and sour cream in fun little bowls. All of the toppings really round out the dark red of the chili. There are millions of different chili recipes out there, and I like to give the guests at my party the freedom to make my con carne chili creation their own.
For dessert, I serve a different type of toppings bar: a Brownie Rainbow Pie surrounded by different types of ice cream flavors, fudge, caramel, whipped cream, and sprinkles. The dessert brings out the kid in all of my guests.
When the basketball game is over, I wave goodbye to my guests knowing that I'm sending them home full and happy, with my chili con carne recipe in their thoughts.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Total Time to Serve: 60 Minutes