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DIY Chili Bar for Game Day
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I love getting my friends together to watch football on the weekends, but the real star of the show is always the snacks. Chili is a game-day staple and this recipe includes a secret ingredient – chocolate chips! Serve this delicious chili in Old Fashioned glasses and provide your guests with a plethora of toppings to choose from.

Special equipment: To make this DIY chili bar extra fun, let guests serve themselves in mini glass to see the many layers of fun. We used 11-ounce whiskey glasses for the perfect portion. 



    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 6 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 medium white onions, chopped
    • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
    • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 3 teaspoons cumin
    • 2 teaspoons chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 2 (14-ounce) jars diced tomatoes
    • 1 (28-ounce) jar tomato puree
    • 2 cups water
    • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans
    • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    • Sour cream
    • 1 red onion, diced
    • 4 jalapeno peppers, sliced or diced
    • 4 green onions, chopped
    • 3 avocados, diced
    • 3 tomatoes, diced
    • Shredded cheese, cheddar or Mexican blend
    • Corn chips


1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the ground beef, garlic and onions. Cook for about 10 minutes, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon while it browns. 

2. Once the meat is browned and the onions are tender, add green pepper, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, coriander, salt, pepper, diced tomatoes, tomato puree, water and kidney beans to Dutch oven. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

3. Stir all ingredients together until well blended.

4. Cover the Dutch oven with a lid and let the chili simmer for 4 hours over a low heat.

5. Stir the chili every 30 minutes or so. Keep the Dutch oven covered between stirs.

6. After 4 hours, when the chili is just about done, add in the chocolate chips. Stir them into the chili until melted and well combined.

7. Remove chili from the stove and place the pot on a trivet for serving.

8. Assemble your chili bar with the whiskey glasses for guests and ramekins filled with the following toppings: corn chips, cheese sour cream, jalapenos, red onion, green onions and avocado — or whatever else your heart desires! 

9. Add a layer of crushed corn chips into each glass, then allow guests to serve themselves chili and add the toppings of their choice.