Buffet party menu No. 2: Chili theme

From the main dish and toppings to drinks and desserts, here's everything you need to host a chili-themed buffet party.


Whether you’re hosting a post-tobogganing party or an easy weekend get-together, chili is everyone’s favourite comfort food. It’s quick, economical and calls for ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now. Make a mildly spiced chili and set out hot sauces so everyone can adjust the heat to their liking.

Time-saving tips: For this chili buffet party, make your chili ahead of time (it’s freezer friendly) and reheat before serving. For a spur-of-the-moment dinner, try the Speedy Gonzales Chili, which goes together in 15 minutes, no chopping required. For the Cookie Crust Fruit Tart, make the crust and the cream cheese spread the day before and assemble just before serving. Our Ice Cream Sundae Pie is another great dessert—it’s a snap to make, and needs to chill overnight.

Here’s what you need:


From vegetarian to all-beef, there's a chili recipe to suit every taste. Pick your favourite and make it the star of the show.


  • Shredded cheese
  • Sliced green onions
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Pickled jalapeno peppers
  • Avocado slices
  • Hot sauces
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt



Keep the drinks light and fruity. We love this pineapple-based take on a classic mojito.


Desserts should be cool, light and easy to serve. (Both of these homemade treats can—and should—be prepped ahead of time)


For more easy entertaining ideas, check out our collection of 5 buffet party menus.

This article was originally published on May 06, 2014

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