Whether you need to serve a crowd for game day or just need a dinner idea for a regular Tuesday night, there’s nothing more comforting on a cold day than a hearty bowl of homemade chili.
I’ve rounded up some of the best chili recipes, and each is unique in its own way. Some with beans, some with meat, some without, and some with ingredients that might surprise you. But they all have one thing in common: they are sure to warm you up! So, take a scroll and check out my favorite recipes plus some delicious ideas from around the web – I hope you find a new one to try!
This classic chili is a no tomato and no bean chili recipe that is rich and flavorful with chile peppers, chipotle peppers, beer, and chuck roast that are simmered together until the beef is tender. Add all of your favorite toppings for a cozy cold-weather dinner.
This simple bowl of chili is not what it seems because there’s a beautiful sweet potato mole sauce that makes up the based of the chili. And if you think it’s too complicated, please be sure to read the recipe because Lindsay’s mole sauce uses ingredients you might already have on hand in your pantry.
This easy no bean chili recipe cooks in the slow cooker for an easy weeknight dinner. Lean ground beef, peppers, onions, green chile, and chili seasonings simmer for hours – when it’s done, ladle it into bowls with your favorite toppings for a cozy and hearty dinner.
Katie writes at the beginning of her post that this isn’t your “everyday chili” recipe, so if you’re looking to switch up your chili game, this one is a good one to try. It’s a lighter option made with ground turkey, picadillo-style flavors, and quinoa for a nutritional kick.
Chile colorado is a simple chili dish made with pork, dried chile and a few other simple ingredients that simmer together until the pork is tender. You can make it mild or hot depending on the type of chiles you use and it’s delicious served over rice or with tortillas.
First, you should know that Mike and Patty of Chili Pepper Madness are chili experts, so any chili concoction that comes out of their kitchen is sure to be a winner. I love the flavors in this Southwest-style chili – lots of poblano peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes, and Southwest seasonings. Everything goes in the slow cooker to cook all day, so this is a great recipe for game-day or other get-togethers.
There are chili recipes you try once, but then there are the ones you make over and over again.Rosemary has one chili recipe and it’s the same one she’s made for the last 20 years. She lives in Rome, but she’s originally from Canada and so she understands comfort food and what will warm you up on a cold winter’s day. This is the sort of recipe you’ll want to make again and again – simple ingredients and easy to make!
This slow cooker turkey chili is easy to prep in the morning – just brown the turkey and add all of the other ingredients! Leave it to simmer all day on low, and dinner will be a breeze later that night.
This black bean chili is a winter warmer with a little kick of green chile heat. Start with some bacon (because what is life without bacon?) followed by bell pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and a generous helping of black beans.
Instead of beans, this chili has lots of tender butternut squash that goes great with the beef and other veggies. Make a big batch ahead of time and keep it in the freezer for cozy dinners on cold nights.
Three Bean Chili is a super easy recipe with just a 10-minute prep time! It combines pinto beans, black beans, and kidney beans, along with a few other pantry ingredients for a low-fuss vegetarian chili that’s ready in about an hour. Plus, it keeps well in the fridge or freezer!
This chili gets a kick from some Mexican chorizo, and it’s full of beans and veggies. Serve it all on its own, or make a batch of jalapeno cornbread waffles to serve alongside – Megan shows you how to make them!
This easy ground beef chili is hearty and comforting. It’s made with beef, two kinds of beans, veggies, and spices. Top it with all your favorite garnishes like cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions for a cozy cold-weather dinner!
Post updated from the archives. First published in December 2017.
I’m a passionate home cook, cookbook author, recipe developer, freelance writer, food photographer, and dog mom ❤ I garnish (almost) everything with parsley and believe you can make deliciously amazing dishes with everyday ingredients.