Place a pot of chili on the sideboard, surround it with simple make-ahead accompaniments, and this no-fuss buffet practically serves itself.
Garlicky Spinach Dip with Hearts of Palm

Southwestern Chili


Chunky Two-Bean and Beef Chili
Peanutty Cabbage-Apple Slaw with Raisins
Savory Two-Cheese Biscotti

Sour Cream, Cheddar, and Green Onion Drop Biscuits
Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Assorted chili toppings: sour cream, chopped green onions, chopped tomato, and shredded cheese