It’s National Chili Month: Make a Chili Bar!

Chili Bar

One of my best memories of Fall was when my mom would make a big pot of chili and some cornbread for dinner. It became a Halloween tradition: grab a hearty bowl of chili before heading outside to trick or treat. I’ve continued that tradition whenever my friends and I hit up a pumpkin patch or visit a corn maze. Chilly and starving, chili really hits the spot.

Now that it’s October, Fall is fully upon us and my schedule’s filling up quick. Chili is an easy go-to for busy nights when there’s a chill in the air. Whether I’m having some friends over to check out some of the new tv premieres or to watch our fave Halloween-themed movies, or I just want something easy and delicious between errands, it’s there. I recently found out I’m not alone–October is National Chili Month and Progresso wanted me to try out some of their new chilis! (I was psyched to see they had a vegetarian option in addition to their beef/pork and chicken chilis. Something for everyon!) I took them up on their suggestion to class up my normal chili spread, and came up with this quick and delicious chili bar. (I made the little label sticks out of bamboo skewers and images of the chili from the Progresso website printed onto cardstock. Took me two minutes and made it so everyone knows what kind of chili they’re getting!)

Progresso Chili


Chili bars are a fun and easy way to dress up a pre-made chili and make sure everyone’s getting what they want. Just put out some of the items listed below along with some bowls, utensils, and napkins, and let people grab and go! Keep the chili in a crock pot or buffet warmers if everyone won’t be eating at the same time.

Looking for items to add to your chili bar? Consider:

  • avocado
  • bacon bits
  • banana peppers
  • cilantro
  • corn bread
  • corn chips
  • green onion
  • guacamole
  • hot sauce
  • jalapeno
  • lime wedges
  • onion
  • red and green peppers
  • salsa
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • tomatoes

Chili Bowl

Want to try out some chili for yourself? Progresso’s letting me give away a prize pack with chili and stew, a fancy ladle, and a cooler chair so you’ll be set for gamedays and tailgates! Just visit, and then leave a comment here with your fave recipe. I’ll pick a winner on Thursday, October 8th!

Don’t want to wait to win? Grab yourself a $1 off coupon now!

What’s your favorite way to prep chili? Do you have any Fall food traditions?


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