Add A Chili Bar To Fall And Winter Entertaining

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Food stations are a hot trend in events and entertaining. A food station like a chili bar is ideal for any fall, winter, or football gathering.  It provides a comforting, hearty menu, that’s fitting for the fall and winter months.  It also creates varied menu options that will satisfy men and women!

chili-barHere’s what you’ll need:

1) Chili.

Use your favorite meat your favorite meat or meat-less chili.  Don’t have one, here’s an easy and very tasty chili recipe (click for recipe).  Depending on where the chili bar is setup, keep it warm on the stove top or in a slow cooker.

2) Base Chili options.

Base chili options are items that will go under a serving of chili.  Such items are:  hot dogs, fries, tortilla chips, pasta, baked potatoes.

For any food station, it’s always a good idea to have the regular, tried and true toppings available. Relish, mustard, ketchup, and onions are favorite stand-ins for a hot dog bar.

3) Toppings.

These toppings are those that would top a bowl of chili or any of the base chili options.  Such toppings are:  shredded cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream, chives, diced onions, sliced jalapenos, diced tomatoes.  Also include hog buns, ketchup, and mustard for the hot dogs.

4) Other Touches.

A fun way to spruce up your chili bar is by using printable tags to label each item.  Select beverage and dessert options that compliment the chili bar.

What food station ideas do you have your next party or event?

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