Easy and Hearty Chili for a Crowd

Are you feeding a crowd this big game weekend? We always love having a big group of friends over to watch the game. This is is my go to recipe to feed a bunch of people. It makes a big pot of chunky, hearty chili that feeds at about 20.  


2 pounds beef carne picada sliced thinly
1 pound ground beef
3 stalks of celery sliced thinly
2 onions diced 
4 cloves of garlic minced
5 tablespoons diced jalapeño peppers
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 tablespoons oregano
1/2 cup chili powder
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 32oz cans crushed tomatoes
2 32oz cans diced tomatoes
4 15.5oz cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
3 15.5oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
3 15.5oz cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained


In an 8 quart pot, over medium heat, cook the meats for about 3 minutes while stirring. Add in celery, onions, garlic and peppers and sauté until they are softened and the meat is browned. Drain off any fat as you desire. 

Add in the crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes, oregano, chili powder, and brown sugar and stir in well. Add in beans and carefully stir well from the bottom of the pot. Simmer for 30 minutes or longer if you have time, making sure you stir from the bottom often. Salt and pepper to taste. 
Our favorite toppings to add are shredded cheese, sour cream, diced fresh jalapeños, diced avocado, corn, or fresh cilantro. 

If I end up with more than 20 people, I make some quick rice to put the chili over.  And you can always throw in some more beans. There's always plenty for a few more friends!

If you try this recipe, please let me know how it turns out for you!

1 comment

Jessica said...

This looks great!!!! I can't wait to try it!

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