Chili For A Crowd


  • 5 pounds ground beef
  • 5-6 onions, diced
  • 2 green peppers, diced small
  • 5 stalks celery, diced small (or 2 more green peppers)
  • 102 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 56 ounces Rotel tomatoes with chiles
  • 90 ounces tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 cans black beans, drained & rinsed or 4 cups cooked beans
  • 3 cans red kidney beans, drained & rinsed or 6 cups cooked beans


  1. Brown beef with onion, bell peppers, and celery.  Drain.

  2. Add all ingredients to roaster pan.  Mix well. Cook on 400 for 3-4 hours to ensure all flavors mix well and chili gets hot.

Recipe Notes

Makes enough chili for an 18-quart roaster pan, which is 4.5 gallons of chili to feed 30-40 people.

Most measurements are approximate. If you have just 90 ounces of tomatoes, use that. Want to use less beans? Use less. Want a really meaty chili? Use more beef. There's lots of flexibility here.