How to Serve Chili Con Carne


Chili con carne is a dish that contains meat and chili seasoning in a tomato base. Beef is the meat usually used for this dish, but turkey or chicken may also be used. Whole tomatoes, chilies and other vegetables are sometimes added, depending on the recipe and personal preference. Beans are also a common ingredient, although some people prefer their chili without beans. This dish may be mild or spicy, depending on the type of peppers and amount of seasonings added during cooking and is served hot, which makes it a perfect dish for a cool or cold day.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladle
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Soup spoons
  • Forks
  • Cornbread
  • Crackers
  • Shredded cheese
  • Corn chips
  • Chili con carne
  • Place plates on the table to hold the bowls and protect the table or tablecloth from drips or spills. The plates also offer a convenient surface for other condiments that can be added to the chili.

  • Ladle the hot chili con carne into bowls and place these on each individual plate. Provide soup spoons and forks to the diners.

  • Place cornbread or crackers on the plates next to the bowl. Bread items such as these are ideal accompaniments to this dish because they can be used to soak up the savory liquid.

  • Provide shredded cheese in a separate serving bowl so that individual diners may add cheese to the chili if they wish.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also provide corn chips with the chili. Corn chips covered with shredded cheese and chili is sometimes referred to as "corn chip and chili pie."
  • If you are serving large numbers of guests buffet-style, cook the chili in a crock pot instead of on the stove and place the crock pot, plugged in to keep the chili warm, on a table. Let the guests serve their own chili directly from the pot.
  • If you are making the chili for a party, you can do so the night beforehand and refrigerate it overnight. Heat up the chili about 30 minutes before the guests arrive.
  • If you are using disposable bowls, use thick paper bowls rather than plastic, which can melt.

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