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How to Throw the Easiest Super Bowl Party PLUS The Easiest Vegetarian Chili Recipe

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Super Bowl LIII is coming up. Are you having guests over? Do you know what you’re serving? With my crazy schedule, I need to make sure that I can put together a spread that is delicious but more importantly, fast and easy to make and serve. This year, I made a list that included a lot of ready-made foods because like many Moms, I just don’t have the time to prepare a bunch of things. While I choose to take advantage of convenience, I always commit to at least one handmade recipe to give my guests a hearty, feel-good option. This year, I’m making my Easiest Vegetarian Chili. I’ll share my recipe in just a bit.

First, let’s talk about the shopping list. My list always consists of a variety of foods because let’s face it, everyone is different. Some eat meat, some don’t. Some love veggies, others prefer chips. And some are just there for the beer… yep, we have that friend too.

So first things first, you’ll want to choose some ready-made options that you can pick up from your local supermarket.

10 Convenient Ready Made Food Options

  1. Fried Chicken
  2. Guacamole
  3. Hummus
  4. Veggie Platter
  5. Fruit Platter
  6. Shrimp Cocktail Platter
  7. Deli Meat Platter
  8. Chips + Salsa
  9. Pizza
  10. Frozen Appetizers (potato skins, pigs in a blanket, mozzarella sticks, etc.)

Other Necessities

  1. Febreze Air
  2. Plates, cups, napkins and utensils
  3. Drinks
  4. Ice
  5. Decorations (optional, but fun)

While our lists may look different, there is one item on that list that you should never forget to pick up. The last thing I want is to welcome guests into my home and have it smelling badly. So, at the top of all my shopping lists is something you may not have thought of. It’s Febreze! Why? Because there’s nothing that can sideline a good time like the smells from your beloved Super Bowl foods and their after-effects.

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The MVP of Your Party

Let’s be real. With all the chili, beer, shrimp and bean dip, that you are serving, you CAN’T forget the odor-eliminating MVP of any party. You need Febreze. It will save you, and your home, from all those offensive odors, pregame, post game and all the time in between.

Did you know that there may be 500 trillion odor molecules in your home that you are not even able to smell? Your home isn’t clean until it’s clean of odors. Febreze with OdorClear Technology cleans away odors in two simple ways: seeks out tough odors and cleans them away by deactivating and replacing them with a light, fresh scent. It’s the true MVP.

Check out this hilarious video, starring Terrell Owens, that shows the odor madness that can ensue at your party WITHOUT Febreze:

 

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The Easiest Vegetarian Chili

Over the years, I’ve tried so many different versions of vegetarian chili and have found that this is the only one that my kids love just as much as Super Dad and I do. On occasion, I’ll add in additional veggies, like zucchini, carrots, and green beans, to give it a more hearty, veggie taste. But honestly, if you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe, this is the one! I’d love to hear what you would leave out or add to make it your own.

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The Easiest Vegetarian Chili

A meatless chili that will wow your family and guests. It will taste like you spent hours making it!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Keyword: chili, meatless, vegetarian
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 15 oz cans beans red or black or combination of both, drained
  • 2 28 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can corn drained
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water

Spices

  • chili powder to taste
  • 3 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Toppings

  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar and jack cheese
  • Hot sauce
  • Scallions or Cilantro

Instructions

  • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Sauté onions until soft, stirring occasionally.
  • Add garlic and stir for about 1 minute.
  • Mix in beans, tomatoes, corn, maple syrup, water and all of the spices. Adjust the amount of spices, based on your taste.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce to low, simmering for around 20 minutes. The longer you leave it on the stove, the more flavorful it becomes.
  • Serve with toppings of your choosing.

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  • The Frugal Samurai
    February 6, 2019

    Wow that looks AMAZING! Too late for the Superbowl but we do have some friends coming over this weekend… “light bulb moment!”

  • Shalini
    February 6, 2019

    Ah, I have never made chili before. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will definitely try it out.

  • Kimberly c
    February 6, 2019

    I love love love chilli but never had it veggie style. This sounds yummy. Not a high foot all fan… wish the Rams won…someone else needs a chance too.

  • Gladys Nava
    February 6, 2019


    Wow! That was totally awesome! I do love your recipe; it looks so tasty and yummy! Thanks for this amazing recipe!

  • Simran mishra
    February 6, 2019


    Though I am from India I know how Super Bowl is an important event at America.
    Your chilli recipe is something I definitely want to try out. I love the pictures and how vibrant they are!

  • Shweta koul
    February 5, 2019

    The food looks simply delicious, thanks for sharing this recipe, It seems quite simple to cook. definitely gonna try this.

  • Heidi
    February 2, 2019

    I’m always looking for the perfect chili recipe. Yours looks so good. Thanks for another great recipe to try.

  • Tala Valino
    February 2, 2019

    This looks DELISH! I’m not vegetarian but I do find this recipe appetizing. I could imagine this would go perfectlt well if I add small cubes of chicken breast. YUM!

  • Fatima
    February 1, 2019


    I’ve never tried veggie chili before, but it looks delicious! Love that you’ve incorporated Febreeze into your Game Day madness. We use ours often since we have two dogs.

  • Nique
    February 1, 2019


    This is a brilliant idea these snacks definitely could work for the Super Bowl ?

  • Aishwarya Shenolikar
    February 1, 2019

    I love it when I see a vegetarian recipe! The chili sounds really amazing!!

  • Terri Beavers
    February 1, 2019

    I love all these ideas, these will be great for the super bowl party! Thank you for sharing your chili recipe. And I will remember to pick up Febreze to eliminate the mixture of food smells.

  • Linda
    February 1, 2019


    Oh, thanks for the reminder. Febreeze is something that we often forget but plays an important role in a gathering like game day. And that chili looks so comforting!

  • Chelle Dizon
    February 1, 2019


    I am curious about the scents of Febreze so I want to check them more. I love easy to make dips and dishes. That sounds awesome!

  • Chubskulit Rose
    February 1, 2019


    It’s been a while since I made chili. I might try this vegan recipe that you have. It’s perfect for freezing day like today.

  • Lyosha
    February 1, 2019


    I do not watch super bowl but I do love parties so your recipe is well listened. I will definitely try it, it sounds like a very nice and delicious option!

  • Brittany
    February 1, 2019

    UGH i love the super bowl so much!!!! This recipe looks os delicious and fun to make!!

  • Alexandra
    February 1, 2019


    Some great tips for throwing a super bowl party!
    And that chili – yum.
    I want to make this very soon.

  • ricci
    February 1, 2019

    I think this vegetarian chili sounds amazing! I may need to try this soon!

  • Beth
    February 1, 2019

    We haven’t decided exactly what we’re serving for the Super Bowl, but chili is on our list of possibilities. I’ve pinned this in case we decide to go with chili.

  • Terri Steffes
    January 31, 2019


    The chili recipe sounds delicious. I love the idea of keeping the spray around, it really does clean the air in a nice fashion, not too perfumy.

  • Sheila Rhodes
    January 31, 2019


    We always make Chili on Super Bowl Sunday and our famous chili dogs complete with Fritos! Your recipe looks great I have never thought about adding maple syrup. Also, no party is complete without Febreeze!

  • Marcie W.
    January 31, 2019


    Between 3 kids, 2 dogs and the fact that we cook a lot of fish, Febreze is a necessity around here. I better grab some more before Sunday. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Leigh Suznovich
    January 31, 2019

    Love throwing a fun game day party, these tips are great!!

  • Natalia
    January 31, 2019


    Superbowl is a great opportunity to prepare something yummy for family and friends. I don’t live in the USA, but I’d love to try this recipe out! Yummm! 🙂

  • Tara Pittman
    January 31, 2019

    I was just thinking about making chili for my husbands lunch. This recipe sounds like a good one to make

  • Tasheena
    January 31, 2019


    Love this recipe. I hope I get the chance to make it this weekend for the Super Bowl. I have to also make sure that I add Freeze to my shopping list.

  • caitlin
    January 31, 2019

    oh my gosh i love a good chili but never thought to make it vegetarian ill def have to make this for the big game this weekend! YUM!

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    January 31, 2019

    All the food options sound amazing, I’m glad you found a way to keep the smells away

  • Mimi
    January 31, 2019

    This sounds delicious! I don’t watch the super bowl but I’m here for the food

  • Joan
    January 31, 2019

    I love febreeze and I must say a bit obsessed. Every weekend I go to the store I come back with one until last week my hubby stopes me and said we have 8 already so I guess I should start spraying to use them plus they smell really good.

  • Sarah Bailey
    January 31, 2019

    Now these are some wonderful tips to help with throwing a party. That chilli recipe sounds great as well, I love that it is easy to make.

  • Melissa Chapman
    January 31, 2019

    Being vegan I was so interested in this chili. I make another version but I will incorporate some of your ingredients.

  • Jess
    January 31, 2019


    It should be a known things that we are having wings and dip at minimum at my house for Super Bowl! You are amazing for including a recipe I can try and I normally try to incorporate something new

  • Tamara
    January 31, 2019


    Chili is my main go-to recipe for Super Bowl party. I think this year I will make a veggie version and see how the guys like it.

  • Cherri Megasko
    January 31, 2019

    Oh my goodness! I can’t believe I just saw your post. Not more than 15 minutes ago I jarred up a batch of kimchi that I have been fermenting and had to reach for the Febreze to get rid of the smell! I love Febreze!

  • Amber Myers
    January 31, 2019

    This looks like some tasty chili. And I always have Febreze in the house. With a teenage boy, it comes in handy, let me tell you! 😉

  • Laura Walters
    January 31, 2019

    Yum. I have a vegetarian kiddo so this is awesome sauce for this house.

  • Janet
    January 31, 2019

    Not a football family here, but we do love chili. Since I’ve recently become a vegetarian this will be one to save.

  • Jeanette
    January 31, 2019

    These are definitely really easy and delicious ideas for Super Bowl. I love easy because I can get stuff done quicker and enjoy the party sooner. I will definitely be doing a few of these.

  • Cris
    January 31, 2019

    I love these recipes! They look so delicious and so easy to make!

  • Candy
    January 31, 2019

    We have our dishes set for the super bowl. All about the chicken wings and dips. Will have to try your chili

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