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This Epic Chili Bar Is The Easiest Party You'll Ever Throw

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But let's be real: You're here for the food. Like, for instance, CHILI topped with ALL THE THINGS. Make it in the slow cooker so you can dedicate some time to beer-drinking while the slow cooker does the work.

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Yes, this chili is topped with tater tots, bacon, and cheese, thanks for asking.


BTW, if you're just dying to make this chili now and don't have a slow cooker yet, BuzzFeed's Food Editor, Sarah DiGregorio loves this programmable slow cooker ($50).

Here's a step-by-step photo guide to making the chili and assembling the toppings bar. You can find the full recipe at the end of the post.


4. Mix it all together with your hands so that the meat is evenly seasoned.

Break it into little clumps as you go, but you don't want to mix it up too much, otherwise the meat will get tough. You can break up any big clumps after the chili is cooked.


Classic Slow Cooker Chili with Toppings Bar

Recipe by Lindsay Hunt

Serves 8 to 12


2 pounds ground beef (preferably 80% lean)

Kosher salt and black pepper

2 teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 large onion, chopped

ΒΌ cup tomato paste

2 tablespoons chopped chipotles in adobo (from a can of chipotles in adobo)

1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15.5-ounce)can white beans (such as great northern, cannellini, or navy), drained and rinsed

2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained

1 (12-ounce) stout beer

Assorted toppings, such as avocado, sour cream, grated cheddar, cilantro, and potato chips (see above graphic)


Put the meat in the slow cooker and season it with one tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add the chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. Mix the meat gently with your hands so it's evenly seasoned, breaking it into little clumps as you go.

Add the onion, tomato paste, and chopped chipotles in adobo. Top with the beans, then the tomatoes, and beer. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours, or on low for 8 to 10 hours. Remove the lid and stir the chili so everything is evenly distributed. Break up any bigger chunks with the spatula. Taste the chili and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Turn the slow cooker to warm and serve it with toppings.