40 Game-Changing Chili Recipes
There is nothing quite like a hearty bowl of chili. In one spoonful, you get some heat, spice, veggies, beans, and chunks of tender, savory meat (unless we're talking vegetarian). It’s an equally approachable dish for both the novice and experienced cook to make and share with the family and friends. If you have the patience, let your chili simmer for a few hours; it's one of those dishes that only gets better with time. From the foolproof classics to next-level upgrades, we have the perfect pot for all occasions—from tailgating to your next chili cook-off.
Pressure-Cooker Beef-and-Bean Chili
Mushrooms and liquid aminos (soybean concentrate) lend meaty flavor. Top with blistered jalapeños.
White Chili with Avocado Cream
Try this recipe for a flavorful and satisfying white chicken chili.
A looser, brothier version of the classic French meat-and-bean casserole, this stew delivers umami satisfaction from porcini mushrooms and rich, nutty Parmesan cheese.
Fast Chicken Chili with Butternut Squash
Rotisserie chicken helps make this hearty chili superspeedy without sacrificing rich, deep, and complex flavor.
Spiced Turkey-Chickpea Chili
Smoky Slow-Cooked Chili
This hearty slow cooker pork chili with pinto beans gets its smoky flavor from the combination of chili powder, cumin, oregano. tomatillos, and Mexican-style hot tomato sauce.
Summer Garden Chili Bowls
While the summer heat often makes us go for lighter foods, that doesn’t mean we don’t still want chili—so we made a lighter, brighter version. Equally perfect for a casual summer supper at home as it is for fueling a cookout or tailgate, these chili bowls are loaded up with vibrant veggies. To keep this tasty entree quick and simple, we use canned chili as a base, then dress it up with grilled corn and zucchini, black beans, fresh avocado slices, cilantro, queso fresco, and a handful of corn chips for good measure. Serve with lime wedges and you have a summer hit on your hands. While this recipes is especially convenient for when you want a tasty bowl chili, but don’t necessarily want to eat off of a huge batch of it for days, the recipe is easily multiplied to accommodate larger crowds.
Quick Texas Chili
Quick Green Chicken Chili
This lightening speed chili is done in about 30 minutes time. By blending the bean with some stock, it creates a smooth texture that normally takes hours of simmering to achieve.
Pork-and-Black Bean 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.
Chicken Chili Pot Pie
This hearty and comforting chicken chili is made with poblano chiles and butternut squash. You can make individual servings in 10-ounce ramekins or one large pot pie using a 3-quart baking dish. Either way, everyone will love the puffed, cheesy cilantro-grits crust.
Chili for a Crowd
Smoky Turkey-and-Sweet Potato 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.
Two-Bite Chili Shooters
While we love chili enough to always make it the main event, these two-bite shooters are a great way to still include chili on the menu when it’s not. Not to mention, this party-perfect hors d'oeuvre couldn’t be easier to whip up. Simply use bean-less canned chili, that you’ve gently heated on the stovetop and spooned into shot glasses (or whatever small vessel you like), as a base for fun, fresh toppers. We opted for colorful diced bell pepper, scallions, cilantro, and tortilla strips for our shooters here, but feel free to mix it up. A little dollop of sour cream, diced red onion, or a fresh corn salsa would all be welcome additions.
Slow-Cooker Veggie Chili
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.
"Meaty" Vegetarian Chili
This is an all-time favorite for a chilly night. The classic meaty beef chili gets a modern makeover with the combination of three hearty beans and vegetarian ground “beef.” Make this dish in bulk and freeze the leftovers for a lazy dinner down the road. Feel free to change up the vegetables in any way you’d like; butternut squash or zucchini are always delicious additions. A recipe so good, even carnivores will be asking for seconds.
Beef, Bacon and Beer Chili
Scoop in and warm up with a hearty, rich chili that's perfect for fall.
Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili
Watch your calories–and your watch–with this easy, healthy chili. Lean ground turkey makes a flavorful replacement for the traditional pork or beef, while using a chili seasoning mix cuts down on time spent measuring spices.
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili
Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili
Butternut squash adds slightly sweet flavor to this classic meatless chili. It's delicious as-is, but you can also add in some corn and bell peppers and substitute black beans for white beans, if you'd like.
Turkey, Squash and Black Bean Chili
Butternut squash adds additional nutrients, flavor, and bulk to Turkey, Squash and Black Bean Chili. Serve this easy one-dish dinner over brown rice, or with warm corn tortillas or cornbread on the side.
Mexican Mole Chili
Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili
A bowl of spicy Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili guarantees to take the chill off a cold winter's day. This vegetarian chili is loaded with fresh vegetables, pinto beans, and quinoa and gets its zing from poblano chiles.
Three Bean Chipotle Chili
White Bean Chili
Smoky Two-Bean Vegetarian Chili
A wee bit of canned chipotle chiles goes a long way in infusing this hearty chili with rich, smoky flavor and a hint of heat. (Cost for 4: $4.69)
Mexican Black Bean Sausage Chili
Mexican Black-Bean Chili
Black Bean Chili
(Low-Fat) Chicken Chili
Try this easy 5 ingredient Tex-Mex Chili. Hot chili beans and salsa give this dish some heat. Serve with cornbread or rolls for a hearty supper.
Chunky Beef Chili
Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa
Healthy and hearty, this quinoa chili will become a family favorite. The recipe calls for a bottle of beer; use your favorite seasonal brew to amp up the flavor. The alcohol will evaporate as the chili simmers in the slow cooker.