50 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
A hearty beefy stew is just the ticket for a satisfying meal on a cool fall evening. We’ll be making warm, filling soups like this one all season long. Since this recipe can be ready in under an hour, it deserves to be added to your weeknight dinner lineup. It’s perfect to whip up when you’re busy, but still want a satisfying home-cooked meal. Only 20 minutes of hands-on time lets you have plenty of time for your long to-do list while it’s cooking in the pressure cooker.
White Chili with Avocado Cream
Fast Chicken Chili with Butternut Squash
Spiced Turkey-Chickpea Chili
Smoky Slow-Cooked Chili
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.
Quick Texas Chili
Quick Green Chicken Chili
This lightening speed chili is done in about 30 minutes time. Blending the beans with some stock creates a smooth texture that normally takes hours of simmering to achieve.
Pork-and-Black Bean Chili
Chicken Chili Pot Pie
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
"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
Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili
Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili
Turkey, Squash and Black Bean Chili
Mexican Mole Chili
Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili
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.
Mexican Black Bean Sausage Chili
Mexican Black-Bean Chili
Black Bean Chili
(Low-Fat) Chicken Chili
Chunky Beef Chili
Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa
Spicy Buffalo Chili
Cubed buffalo steak adds unique flavor to this veggie-filled, Western-inspired chili.
White Bean and Lamb Chili
Beef-and-Black-eyed Pea Chili
Three-Bean Miso Chili
This take on Cincinnati chili forgoes the traditional spaghetti accompaniment, though you can serve it over hot cooked noodles if you like. While many cooks think of cinnamon only as a spice for baked goods and sweets, it’s fantastic in savory dishes—particularly roasted, braised, and stewed meats like beef, pork, and chicken.
Turkey and Bean Chili
Fruity and mild, the poblano pepper gives this chili flavor but not a lot of heat. Serve this one-pot dish with a wedge of cornbread for a warming weeknight supper.
Hearty Bulgur Chili
Kidney beans and bulgur give this hearty vegetarian chili a meaty texture. The amount of chipotle we call for yields a medium level of spice; use more or less to suit your family's taste. We like boxed, finely chopped tomatoes here (Pomi brand), but you can use canned unsalted crushed tomatoes.
Steak Fajita Chili
Make this staff-favorite one of your go-to dutch-oven dinners this fall. Tougher cuts of meat, like chuck-eye turn meltingly soft, root vegetables make the stew rich and hearty, and a dollop of Greek yogurt adds just the right amount of tang, to cut through the rich sauce and brighten the meal.
Oscar Wilde famously espoused, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” That is the spirit of this recipe. It isn’t attempting to make chili super low-calorie. It is attempting to mitigate the calories while retaining full pleasure. And it takes advantage of the texture and mild flavor of the current darling of the pantry, riced cauliflower. Readily available in pretty much any produce section of your local grocery store, or easily made by pulsing cauliflower florets in your food processor, this vegetable adds bulk to a chili while cutting the calories from meat literally in half.
Reese’s Mole Chili
It's always fun to put a new twist on chili, and this recipe doesn't disappoint. The Reese's spread offers an unexpected—but delightful—savory and sweet element.
Slow-Cooker White Chili with Turkey
Consider dinner covered for the day after Thanksgiving. This comforting slow cooker recipe is made with leftover turkey and will feed a full house. Cornmeal helps thicken this chili, and adds a hint of toasty corn flavor. Choose fine, rather than coarse, cornmeal for the smoothest texture. This is the perfect recipe to throw in the slow cooker before you head out the door on Black Friday. Let everything cook for 7 hours and you'll come home to a house that smells great. You'll be glad you have this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili to keep you warm.
This dish is sure to make it into your regular rotation: completely satisfying chili that cooks in a fraction of the time it takes to make traditional meat chili. This recipe makes plenty; freeze leftovers for up to three months. Vegan sausage varies widely in taste and texture; we liked the meatiness and mild heat of the Field Roast brand, Mexican Chipotle flavor.
Look no further for the ultimate, easy chili recipe. You may think you know how to make chili, but our homemade chili recipe is a gamechanger. With just a push of a button, your weekday dinner is taken care of as the chili cooks away in the slow-cooker. Add chili to your next barbeque to top grilled sausages for an upgraded version of chili dogs. You can easily substitute ground turkey instead of beef for a lighter option and the rest of the ingredients should already be stocked away in your pantry. To top the hot, spicy chili, add shredded Cheddar cheese and corn chips for extra flavor and texture.
Brisket-and-Black Bean Chili with Cilantro-Lime Crema
This hearty, richly spiced chili is made in a slow cooker so it’s easy to prepare and transport if you’re traveling for game day. Instead of bowls, set out mugs and let everyone help themselves to the chili and crema.
White Chicken Chili
When the cold weather season starts to feel endless, take a break from traditional chili and warm up with a steaming bowl of this white chicken chili. Loaded with tender chicken and creamy white beans, this easy weeknight dish is both hearty and healthy. Hot sauce and green chilis add a kick of heat to this white bean chicken chili, while shredded Monterey Jack cheese mellows out the spice. Making eight servings, this white chicken chili recipe is ideal for family gatherings around the holidays. Top your bowl of white chicken chili with crushed tortilla chips for a satisfying crunch.
Smoky Beef and Poblano Chili
Cook the beef in batches to ensure quick, even browning. No need to chop or blend the tomatoes; simply squeeze them right over the pan to gently break them apart. Complete the meal with a baby kale, red cabbage, and radish salad dressed with fresh lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.