Our Williams chili recipe is thick and flavor-packed. It features plenty of beef, tomatoes, and beans and makes enough to handle chili for a crowd. It’s a Midwest favorite. Gluten-free.
Nothing goes hand in hand more than cool weather and a hot bowl of chili. This is the best chili recipe that simmers into the most perfectly flavored chili around.
Many Sundays throughout football season are spent with friends and family watching football games. Midwestern chili is at the center of many of those parties.
Double the recipe, and serve in a slow cooker, or roaster with an assortment of toppings on the side so guest can build their own bowl of chili.
Ideas for a Chili Bar
- Shredded Cheese
- Onions, both white and green for added color and flavor
- Sriracha or hot sauce
- Sour cream or Greek yogurt
- Soup crackers
- Spaghetti noodles or elbow pasta (a staple here in Green Bay)
There is a well-known restaurant in Green Bay, right across from the stadium, known for its chili.
This chili recipe is a family favorite and is said to be a replica of this popular restaurant’s version. My husband, who is the biggest fan of their chili, votes this recipe as the best chili recipe ever.
This chili for a crowd recipe is packed with tomatoes, beans, either ground beef or pork, and loads of seasonings. It’s left to simmer all day. It’s even better on day two…
I have yet to master replicating this recipe without the store-bought seasonings including French’s Chili-O and Williams Chili, but when I do, you will be the first to know!
- Use a combo of ground beef/ ground pork or ground beef /ground turkey
- Try different seasoning packets or use all Williams chili recipe seasoning or all French’s Chili-O recipe seasoning
- Skip the beans or try a different kind
- Add extra veggies like diced peppers, more tomatoes, or celery
Next game day, or just any nice cold weekend afternoon, whip up this easy chili for a crowd recipe and enjoy.
If you’re looking for a healthier chili option, hands down, my family’s favorite is Crockpot Pumpkin Chili recipe. Don’t let the pumpkin scare you off. My kids love this soup – they may or may not know about the pumpkin!
Recipes to Serve with Chili:
- Parmesan Rolls
- Crockpot Hot Chocolate
- Crockpot Red Potatoes
- Strawberry Triffle
- Fruit Salad with Cool Whip
- Old Fashioned Banana Bread
CKC Features both Gluten-Free Guidance and Kids Cooking Instructions: If you’re new to eating gluten-free we understand it’s overwhelming trying to figure out which foods may contain gluten and which ones don’t. All of our gluten-free recipes marked with this symbol ✅ represent foods that need to be checked for gluten or cross-contamination.
The ⭐️ symbol in the recipe below denotes the steps in which kid cooks may need a helper (depending on age). If there is no ⭐️ symbol, that step (or recipe) doesn’t require a helper.
Williams Chili Recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup celery, diced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 4 pounds seasoned pork sausage ✅ Jimmy Dean is labeled gluten-free
- 4 packages Williams Chili Mix, or favorite chili seasoning ✅ Williams is currently gluten-free
- 6 cups water, divided
- 46 ounces tomato juice
- 2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
- 4 15.5 ounce cans chili beans ✅
- 2 large bay leaves
- ⭐️ Saute onions and brown the pork. In a large pot, saute onion and celery until translucent. In the same pot, brown ground pork sausage. Drain and add back to the pot.1/2 cup celery, diced, 1 large onion, diced, 4 pounds seasoned pork sausage, 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ⭐️ Add the rest of the ingredients. Add 4 packages of chili seasonings plus 1-2 cups of water and stir well. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add tomato juice, crushed tomatoes, chili beans, water, and bay leaves.4 packages Williams Chili Mix, or favorite chili seasoning, 6 cups water, divided, 46 ounces tomato juice, 2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes, 4 15.5 ounce cans chili beans, 2 large bay leaves
- ⭐️ Cook. Simmer for at least 2 hours, more if possible.
- Serve. Serve with your favorite chili toppings such as cheese, onions, or sour cream.