Fall Entertaining Made Easy: A Laid-Back Chili Bar

The closer we get to the holidays, the less time we have. If you’re planning to have friends and family over for a birthday, game-day celebration or just because, think about putting together a chili bar. This fresh way of presenting a classic fall dish is hearty, delicious and wonderfully easy.


The centerpiece is the chili, of course – easy to make the day before or whip up that same morning. As an alternative to the traditional beef chili, try the spicy chicken recipe below. And if there are one or more vegans in your crowd, it’s great to know that there are many meatless recipes out there that will satisfy your guests.

The awesome thing about a chili bar is how fancy and fun you can make it, just by choosing the best chili toppings and sides. Here’s a list of our favorites:

  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sliced avocados
  • Salsa – mild and hot
  • Chopped heirloom tomatoes
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Lime wedges
  • Fresh cooked corn, sliced off the cob
  • Sliced black olives
  • Chopped red onion
  • Jalapeño slices
  • Tortilla chips, crushed or whole
  • Fresh coleslaw
  • Corn bread or muffins


Pick up a ready-roaster barbecue flavor chicken at your supermarket to make this recipe fast and easy.

  • 2 poblano chile peppers, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium-size sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 (14 1/2-oz.) cans zesty chili-style diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups shredded or chopped smoked chicken (about 1 lb.)
  • 1 (16-oz.) can navy beans
  • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (12-oz.) can beer
  • 1 (1.25-oz.) envelope white chicken chili seasoning mix

Sauté first 4 ingredients in hot oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Stir in diced tomatoes and next 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Serve with desired toppings and plenty of napkins!


Fall and winter are the busiest seasons of the year. If you’re hosting a birthday, anniversary, family reunion or even a big corporate event, make things easier on yourself! The catering services team at Jerry’s Kitchen can handle everything for you.

Our catering services team will help with every step of menu planning, including choices for vegan and vegetarian guests and those with food sensitivities. Invite our award-winning food trucks to your home or party site, or choose a traditional catered feast with all your favorites.

To book catering services for your next event near Doylestown and Greater Philadelphia, give us a call today.


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