Large Group Chili

READY IN: 3hrs 30mins
Recipe by Chef Captain Kirk

This is a simple chili recipe, one that I have adapted to fit a large group. I volunteer for my local church and cook to feed newcomers each month. I never know how many people that there will be so I always shoot to feed around 80 people. This is what I make for those cold months. I serve it with crackers, cheese, and chopped onions. So if you need to cook for a large group, or just love chili, then enjoy this one. This chili is made to be good for all so it has just the right amount of spice and flavor without going overboard. Hope you find this a great way to pleas a hungry crowd.

Top Review by Mikes Butterfly

I used this recipe for my son's Football Team. It was amazing! The boys went crazy over it. Just enough heat. I did add extra ground beef (16 lbs total) & kidney beans (12 cans total) because it was for a Football Team (after a 2 hour practice) and needed to be extra hearty. Great job Chef Captain Kirk! Thanks for sharing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot put in all of the ground beef.
  2. Then fill with water to cover the beef.
  3. Bring the beef to a boil then reduce to a simmer. It is best that you stir it when you fist put it on the heat so the ground beef breaks up.
  4. Stir occasionally till all of the meat is cooked. It will take about 35 minutes to brown all of the beef.
  5. When the ground beef is simmering, chop the onion, green pepper, and celery. Make sure to stir the beef as you go.
  6. When meat is done, use a strainer to drain the meat.
  7. Leaving the meat to strain, finish chopping the vegetables.
  8. Add the vegetables to your chili pot with the vegetable oil. Sweat the vegetables in the oil till they soften.
  9. Once the vegetables are softened then add the ground beef. Then mix them together and turn off the heat.
  10. Add the rest of the ingredients to the chili pot with the heat off (I do this because I transport it after this step). Mix all the ingredients together and transport the chili pot to the final location.
  11. Then put back on heat. Bring it to a slow simmer (mixing occasionally). Let simmer for around 2 hours and serve.

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