There are two secrets to throwing a truly spectacular party. The first is to serve up something amazingly delicious that everyone can enjoy. The second is to ensure said amazing food is so easy to make that you can relax and enjoy the company of your friends! In other words, Party Chili is the perfect party food because it fulfills both criteria! This dish is a thick, hearty, beefy, and spicy special occasion all on its own, with plenty of rich tomato and savory garlic flavors to keep your guests coming back for more. It makes enough for everyone on top of that, so no one is leaving hungry from your get-together! Party Chili virtually makes itself: just throw everything in a slow cooker the morning of the party and by the time people start arriving, it’s hot and ready! So, stop worrying about what to serve and start enjoying the heartwarming taste of this chili with those you’re most excited to see!

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For the chili:

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef, 90% lean
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (4-ounce) cans chopped green chiles
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • rice or pasta, to taste, cooked and hot

For the optional toppings:

  • cheddar cheese, to taste and shredded
  • sour cream, to taste
  • green onions, to taste and sliced


Step 1 –In large skillet over medium-heat, heat the oil.

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Step 2 –Add the green pepper, the onion, and the garlic to the oil, cooking and stirring until the veggies are tender, about 3-4 minutes.

Step 3 –Transfer the tender veggies to a 6-quart slow cooker.

Step 4 –In the same skillet over medium-high heat and working in batches, if necessary, cook the beef, breaking it into crumbles, until no longer pink, about 8-10 minutes.

Step 5 –Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked meat to the slow cooker.

Step 6 –Stir the tomatoes, the tomato sauce, the chiles, the parsley, the chili powder, the salt, the paprika, and the pepper into the beef mixture in the slow cooker.

Step 7 –Cook, covered, on low heat until the flavors are blended, about 6-8 hours.

Step 8 –Serve with the cooked rice and top with the cheese, the sour cream, and the green onions as you desire.