By Real Simple
Updated February 02, 2009
Chili bar
Credit: Rob Howard

Here are the smallest packages of ingredients you’ll need to feed your guests on game night.

Creamy Avocado Dip

4 avocados
1 jalapeño
1 bunch cilantro
2 limes
1 8-ounce container sour cream

Ideas for Dippers
1 bunch carrots
1 small head cauliflower
1 small head broccoli
1 small jicama

Chili for a Crowd

1 head garlic
2 onions
2 bell peppers
1 small jar chili powder
1 small jar ground cumin
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 19-ounce cans kidney beans
2 12-ounce bottles lager beer
2 pounds ground beef

Ideas for Accompaniments
1 jalapeño
1 avocado
1 bunch radishes
1 bunch scallions
1 bunch cilantro
1 8.5-ounce box corn muffin mix or 1 package premade corn bread
2 ounces toasted pumpkin seeds
8 ounces Cheddar
1 16-ounce container sour cream


4 six-packs dark, malty beer (such as Rogue Chipotle Ale, Murphy’s Stout, Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, or Sierra Nevada Porter)