23 Hearty Chili Recipes
Curl up with a big bowl of chili for a satisfying meal. Whether you like beef, chicken, turkey, or just beans, we've got a recipe you'll love.
This classic red chili has chunks of stew meat and ground beef along with tomatoes, red beans, and spices. Fire-roasted tomatoes add a note of smokiness to the mix. If you can't find fire-roasted, use plain tomatoes and add a pinch of smoked paprika.
Recipe: Beef-and-Bean Chili
Chipotle chiles add a kick, but sweet potatoes balance the heat. Adjust the spice in this homey chili by increasing or decreasing the amount of chipotle to suit your taste. Buy the large dried lima beans if you can find them. They really look amazing and also give the chili a decidedly Southern accent.
Recipe: Smoky Turkey-and-Sweet Potato Chili
Fresh tomatillos look like small green tomatoes wrapped in thin papery skin. Remove skin, and rinse before chopping. If you can't find fresh, look for canned on the Latin aisle at the grocery.
Recipe: Pork-and-Black Bean Chili
Ready in only 30 minutes, this quick, meatless chili is made with black beans, meatless burger crumbles, and canned tomatoes. You can substitute ground beef for the meatless burger crumbles, if desired. Top with a dollop of sour cream, corn chips, and chopped fresh cilantro just before serving.
- Recipe: Black Bean Chili
Add a dash of hot sauce to your bowl for extra heat. Use a variety of your favorite beans, if you wish, in this recipe.
- Recipe: Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili
Save time by making this chicken chili with smoked chicken from your favorite barbecue restaurant, or use a barbecue-flavored rotisserie chicken from your local supermarket.
- Recipe: Smoky Chicken Chili
Quickly put Game-Day Chili together and then leave simmering for three hours. Dark beer and green chiles give this recipe a rich, spicy taste.
- Recipe: Game-Day Chili
This hearty beef chili features boneless chuck roast and a medley of traditional chili seasonings. Serve with homemade cornbread for a complete meal.
- Recipe: Chunky Beef Chili
We've loaded this chili with beef and beans for zinc and B vitamins, tomatoes and green peppers for vitamin C, and butternut squash for beta-carotene.
- Recipe: Beef-and-Butternut Squash Chili
Pick up shredded pork from your favorite restaurant, or use one of the ready-to-serve products from your supermarket. The flavor profiles of commercial barbecue sauce can range from sweet to smoky, so use whichever brand you prefer.
- Recipe: Barbecue Chili
Don't let the long list of ingredients deter you; chances are you'll have most of them on hand.
- Recipe: Quick Turkey Chili
This chili starts with frozen corn and diced poblano chile peppers to help you save time in the kitchen.
- Recipe: Shrimp-and-Poblano Chili
Hearty Playoff Chili is an easy way to serve large crowds. Guests (or kids) will love eating it right out of a bag of corn chips.
- Recipe: Playoff Chili
Lean meats make this chili great for filling you up without blowing your diet. Try serving this satisfying dish with warm flour tortillas.
- Recipe: Spicy 3-Bean Chili
This 7-ingredient chili recipe is ready to eat in less than 30 minutes. For a fun presentation, slice tops from hearty round dinner rolls or larger bread bowls and fill with chili.
- Recipe: Super Quick Chili
This white bean and chicken chili is packed with hearty beans, chunks of chicken, and tender shoepeg corn. Fresh lime juice, green chiles, cilantro, and cumin all contribute to the Southwestern flavor.
- Recipe: White Bean Chili
Ready in 30 Minutes
Chopped zucchini and squash lend this chili its hearty, slow-cooked flavor that's perfect for a busy weeknight.
- Recipe: Veggie Chili
Ready in 60 Minutes
This classic-tasting chili recipe will warm you up on a chilly night.
- Recipe: Beef-and-Black-eyed Pea Chili
For true Tex Mex flavor, serve with a side of tortilla chips and top with fresh avocado slices.
Once the chilly weather sets in, we guarantee you'll be looking forward to this spicy dish after a long day at work.
- Recipe: Spicy Slow-Cooker Beef Chili
Store-bought rotisserie chicken shortcuts the cook time, while white ale adds spice, body, and flavor.
- Recipe: Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime