Chili bar adds options for Super Bowl party

  • Beer Chili

    Beer Chili

 
By Deborah Pankey | Daily Herald Food Editor
Updated 2/1/2011 2:10 PM

You and your pals might not agree on whether you should root for the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Green Bay Packers come Sunday, but you probably can agree that chili should be on the Super Bowl party menu.

Chili has become an iconic football food, so when it comes to the biggest game of the season chili demands a place in the starting lineup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Since Super Bowl parties tend to bring out die-hard fans as well as those who care more about the food on the table than the teams on the field, you don't want the chili to be so fiery that it makes a defensive end weep.

Instead, pick a chili on the milder end of the flavor spectrum, like this Beer Chili, and let guests spice it up as they see fit.

Set out bowls of chopped serranos, pickled jalapenos or canned green chiles. Pull out the bottles of hot sauce that have been hiding behind the soup cans in the cupboard.

For additional stir-ins, offer a variety of shredded cheeses (Colby, pepper Jack, manchego), oyster crackers, tortilla strips or crumbled cornbread, chopped red onion, sliced scallions, diced avocado and sour cream.

Round out the table with cheesy dip (an homage to the Pack) and some Iron City Beer (for the Steelers-supporters in the group).

With a spread like that, you'll be the party's MVP.