SOURCE: Tabasco

January 27, 2012 05:00 ET

Switch Up Your Menu With Game-Changing Chili

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - Jan 27, 2012) - (Family Features) When it comes to game time, what's on the menu can be as important as who's on the field. This season, delight your fellow fans with a game time menu that's sure to please everyone -- whether you're tailgaiting or hosting a game day get-together. Look to party staples and use these ideas to build up the flavor.

Game Day Menu
Here's a list of items to consider when preparing for your party:

1-Step Buffalo Hummus -- Simply combine a tub of classic hummus with one and a half tablespoons of Tabasco Buffalo Style Hot Sauce and serve with fresh veggies, crackers or pita bread.

Pizza -- Grab some frozen individual-sized cheese pizzas, as well as a variety of toppings - from pepperoni and sausage to black olives and mushrooms -- and set up a pizza bar so guests can make their own pizza. Then pop each pizza into the oven for a delicious meal catered to each particular guest.

Devilish Eggs -- A take on the traditional deviled egg, add some heat with Tabasco sauce.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip -- Served hot or cold, this dip goes great with tortilla chips.

To add even more heat to your traditional game day spread, serve Buffalo Chicken Chili. Combine chicken, fire-roasted tomatoes and pinto beans, with chili powder, cumin and Buffalo style hot sauce, for a legendary addition to your recipe playbook. And for a creamy kick, finish each bowl with a bit of crumbled blue cheese.

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Buffalo Chicken Chili
Makes: 6 servings

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 celery stalks, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground chicken or turkey
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 28-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Tabasco brand Buffalo Style Hot Sauce
1 15.5-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese

Heat oil in 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add celery, onion, green pepper, and garlic; cook about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender-crisp. Remove vegetables to bowl with slotted spoon.

Add remaining tablespoon oil to same saucepan. Cook ground chicken over medium-high heat until well browned on all sides, stirring constantly. Stir in chili powder, cumin and salt; cook 1 minute.

Add tomatoes with their liquid, water and Buffalo style hot sauce. Heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans; cook 5 minutes longer.

To serve, top each serving with crumbled blue cheese.

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