Monday, April 21, 2014

Chili con Carne to Feed a Crowd and Some Easter Fun

Last weekend, we invited friends for an egg coloring and chocolate fountain party. The kids also did an Easter egg hunt.

We had the chocolate fountain running in the afternoon, and I was looking for an easy dinner that I could make ahead of time. Chili seemed perfect. I made it the day before and reheated it the day of the event. The flavors came together nicely, and it made entertaining stress free.

Easy Chili con Carne

About 12 - 15 servings

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic gloves, minced
  • 2 green bell peppers, sliced
  • Chili powder, start with about 2 teaspoons
  • Smoked paprika, start with 2 teaspoons 
  • Cayenne pepper, start with 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin, start with 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon, a dash
  • Oregano, dried, 1 teaspoon
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 10 – 15 drops Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • beef or veggie broth to thin the chili out a bit, if needed
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot and add the onions to the hot oil.
  2. Add the bell peppers and the garlic and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add the chili powder, paprika, Cayenne pepper, and cumin and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the ground beef and cook until it is cooked through.
  5. Add the oregano, tomatoes, ketchup, Tabasco, salt, and pepper, and simmer for about an hour.
  6. Add the kidney and black beans and cook for another 30 minutes.
  7. If the chili is too thick, thin it out with some beef or veggie broth.
  8. Taste the chili and add more seasonings to taste. I added quite a bit more of everything, and it ended up having a nice kick. I like the combination of spices that have been cooked for a long time and the “fresher” ones added toward the end of the cooking time. If you add more seasonings, cook another 10 - 15 minutes.
  9. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and diced onions. Some of our guests enjoyed some bread with their chili.

Questions: What is your favorite dish to entertain a crowd with? What was the highlight of your weekend? If you celebrate, did you have a nice Easter?
Be well,


  1. What fun! Chili is always a great dish to feed a crowd - it looks and sounds tasty.

  2. I always think chili is a good casual meal for company. Mexican lentils for of tacos is Lsy easy and economical for entertaining. We had family over for Easter and had a nice vegan meal!

    1. Your vegan meal looked and sound absolutely delicious!

  3. Chili is always great for a crowd and your recipe sounds delicious! I have a big sit-won dinner party coming up, and need to put my creative cooking cap on. Now you've got me thinking chili could be fun :-) I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter!

    1. Thanks, EA! Chili is a lot of fun.

      We had a nice Easter. Thanks! Hope you had a nice Easter, too.

  4. How wonderful! Looks like lots a fun. Your the best hostess!

    1. Thanks, Jenn! Hope you guys make it our way again some time. Would love to have you over and meet the little guy! :)

  5. Your food always sounds delish!!! :)

  6. To be honest I don't often have to feed a crowd. We don't have many people over at once. If we do it's usually Summer and we put on the BBQ then.

    1. BBQing is a good way to feed a crowd!

  7. Oh wow! What a fun Easter party with tons of gorgeous food! Can I come next year? ;)

    Your Chili con Carne looks delicious, and so easy, too. It's always nice to have a stock of healthy-and-easy recipes to choose from :)

    1. Yes, you are absolutely invited next year!!! And I mean it!

  8. I love, love how pretty the fruit tray looks! And um, the chocolate for dipping? Insulin worthy! Holy balls you take a lot of steps in a day! I need to step up my game!

    We had a low key Easter, which was just fine with me!

    1. Low key holidays are often nice... :)

      My step average for the last week is unusually high as the kid and I had a goal to walk 35,000 and 30,000 steps respectively on Friday. We really wanted a new Fitbit badge. :)

  9. That looks like fun!!! I love chili, but for some reason I don't think about fixing it. I love Mexican for an event. I make a large pan of the taco meat the night before. Then I can just set out the fixings. We bought the baked tortilla molds for taco salads. I can always eat healthy then too. I just have to be careful with cheese dip.

    1. Mexican food is great for entertaining, too!

  10. Andrea, your chile con carne looks hearty, and yes, sure to make the crowd happy.
    I love the Easter egg coloring much fun!
    Hope you are enjoying your week :D

    1. Thanks, Juliana! Have a great weekend!