How Much Chili Does It Take to Feed 40 People?

How Much Chili Does It Take to Feed 40 People?

It takes about three to four gallons of chili to feed 40 people as a main dish. Most chili recipes consider a serving as 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups, and there are 16 cups in a gallon.

To determine a more precise amount when serving chili to a crowd, consider the number and eating style of the guests. Opt for a greater amount if big eaters are being served; choose less if children or people with smaller appetites are eating. Less chili is needed if it is a particularly hearty recipe or if several side dishes are on the menu.