Homemade Chili Recipes

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!

texas chili

Texas Chili

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.

Photo of a bowl of chili garnished with avocado and cheese

Roasted Poblano-Tomatillo Chili with Pork

Warm and cozy poblano-tomatillo chili with pork that cooks in the slow cooker for an easy hands-off cold-weather dinner!

A bowl, with a spoon, of quick sweet potato mole turkey chili topped with herbs and sour cream

Sweet Potato Mole Turkey Chili – Cotter Crunch

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.

No Bean Chili (Slow Cooker)

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.

A big bowl of meat lovers chili topped with cheese

Meat Lovers Chili – The View from Great Island

For all the meat lovers! Beef, pork, and Italian sausage slow cook in beer with tomatoes, fire-roasted chilis, and pinto beans. There’s also some masa harina that helps thicken the chili.

Two bowls of picadillo turkey quinoa chili

Turkey Picadillo Chili – Healthy Seasonal Recipes

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.

a bowl of chile colorado

Chile Colorado

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. 

A bowl of southwest beef chili topped with sliced jalapeno peppers

Southwest Chili – Chili Pepper Madness

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.

A big bowl of chili with beans with a napkin wrapped around the bowl

Easy Chili Recipe – An Italian in My Kitchen

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!

a bowl of chili with a spoon.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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.

Black Bean Chili | girlgonegourmet.com

Black Bean Chili

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.

Overhead shot of three bowls of paleo chili con carne topped with diced avocaod

Chili Con Carne – Our Salty Kitchen

Both beef and pork slow cook together until they are fall-apart tender. Add some roasted peppers and plenty of chili seasonings and you get a big batch that’s guaranteed to warm you up on a cold day.

A bowl of white chicken chili topped with jalapeno peppers

White Chicken Chili – Kitchen Sanctuary

For a little extra something, Nicky serves this white chicken chili over rice with a garnish of peppers, cheese, and cilantro – a great way to make the chili stretch to feed more people.

A white bowl and spoon with butternut squash chili

Chili with Butternut Squash – Whip and Wander

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.

a bowl of red chicken chili topped with fritos, sour cream, and guacamole.

Red Chicken Chili

This warm and cozy chicken chili is a quick-cooking chili that’s ready in about an hour. Add your favorite toppings for a delicious dinner.

a spoon in a bowl of bean chili.

Three Bean Chili

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!

Two bowls of slow cooker vegan chili topped with sour cream

Slow Cooker Vegan Chili – Happy Kitchen Rocks

Here’s another chili packed with good-for-you ingredients like whole grains, beans, and plenty of veggies. Plus, it cooks all day in the slow cooker!

A bowl of chorizo chili topped with crackers and cheese

Chorizo Chili – Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

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!


Simple Ground Beef Chili

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!

I hope you’ve found some delicious chili recipes to try!

Happy cooking,


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Post updated from the archives. First published in December 2017.


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