Easy to make, filling, delicious, and versatile, a pot of chili is proof that simple often also means sensational. Good chili boils down to having great ingredients: fresh or dried beans like kidney beans, red beans, and navy beans all work wonderfully. Select meats including ground beef, turkey, chicken, and pork can all add flavor and depth. And a bold range of spices can provide just the right amount of heat. But having the perfect chili also requires patience—even if that just means letting the slow cooker do its work.
Some of our favorite recipes get to their peak in that appliance: Spicy Slow-Cooker Beef Chili simmers for up to six hours while the meat becomes a mouthwatering, tender delight. For something a little simpler, Chicken-and-Three Bean Chili Verde can be ready in 45 minutes. White Lightning Chicken Chili can be made in 30 minutes, meaning it can be on the table even faster. Enjoying a beautiful, big bowl of chili can mean either standing over the stove or letting something simmer all day. Either results in incredible, rewarding flavors. And both are great ways to beat the cold.