Our Favorite Chili Recipes for Cold-Weather Days (2024)

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There are a few components to great chili. The first is a hearty base—whether you go with classic ground beef, lean ground turkey, or vegetarian beans, this is key to creating the ultimate comfort food. Next are lots of spices and aromatics. Expect to see a combination of cumin, coriander, and chili powder, tomato paste, chile peppers such as poblanos or jalapeños, and perhaps cocoa powder for extra depth. There will, of course, be onions, garlic, and diced tomatoes, too.

Is this your first foray into homemade chili? Start with our Easy Beef Chili recipe, then build your skills and flavor from there. Once you get comfortable with that dish, you can try making Chili-Stuffed Peppers, which feel a little more unexpected but are just as delicious. The chili is mixed with steamed white rice and an egg, which binds the mixture together. The result is a super satisfying main meal. Another riff is Chili with Polenta and Vegetables, which makes chili even more comforting; it's ladled it over creamy, quick-cooking polenta. You can even make chili in a flash using the pressure cooker or multicooker. Our Pressure-Cooker Chile Verde, pictured here, couldn't be easier or more delicious.

A recipe that is sure to make the game day crowd go crazy is our Skillet Chili Nachos. Instead of just topping tortilla chips with cheese, ground beef, jalapeños—the works—we whipped up a quick chili to go over each and every crispy chip, along with beans and salsa.

We also have a couple of fabulous vegetarian chili recipes that use a combination of beans and tofu—no one will miss the meat. Our Vegetarian White Chili is made with cannellini beans and spinach, a Parmesan rind gives it extra umami flavor. Looking for something with more of a kick? Our Spicy Vegetarian Chili is made with black beans and red kidney beans, plus chipotle-chile powder for serious heat.

From classic recipes to totally new and inspired iterations, these chili recipes will keep you cozy while the weather is cold.

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Easy Beef Chili

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This is our tried-and-true back-pocket chili recipe. A few ingredients make this chili really spectacular—fresh jalapeños, chili powder, cocoa powder, and fire-roasted diced tomatoes. Enjoy it on its own, over nachos, or stuffed into roasted peppers.

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Weeknight Vegetarian Chili

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We make this bean-packed chili in a large skillet rather than the usual Dutch oven. That speeds the cooking time; the wider pan surface lets spices and aromatics meld quickly for deep complexity.

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Skillet Chili Nachos

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This is the ultimate party starter for game day. Tortilla chips are topped with our classic beef chili recipe, plus black beans, cheddar cheese, and jalapeño peppers for one super hearty bite.

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Vegetarian White Chili

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This one's for you, omnivores! Cannellini beans and plenty of fresh spinach take the place of traditional beef in this better-for-you chili recipe. Serve the sour cream on the side and leave out the Parmesan rind for a vegan meal.

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Instant Pot Turkey Chili

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We love using the Instant Pot for making our favorite recipes fast, and it's a match made in heaven for this lean chili recipe. All of the ingredients here—diced tomatoes, chili and cumin powder, an onion, and chile pepper—are total classics.

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Spicy Vegetarian Chili

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A jar of marinara sauce, along with canned red kidney beans and black beans, serve as the base for this quick chili. Unlike most chili recipes, which often take hours to come together, this one will be on the table in just 50 minutes.

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Chili-Stuffed Peppers

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Make the most epic stuffed peppers—ours are filled with a beef chili and rice mixture. Harissa paste adds just enough of a kick.

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Picadillo-Style Chili

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We love the surprising flavor combinations in this chili, inspired by the traditional Cuban dish picadillo. Ground beef, tomatoes, and poblano chiles are spiced with cumin and cinnamon and served with rice, manzanilla olives, toasted almonds, and currants.

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White Bean Chicken Chili

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Raid your pantry for this one! Canned white beans, chicken broth, and green chiles, plus a bevy of spices—cumin, coriander, and chili powder—are the backbone of this flavor-packed chili.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Chili

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With their vibrant orange color and nutrient-rich flesh, we welcome any opportunity to use sweet potatoes. Here, they float in a rich tomato broth alongside black beans. Each bowl of this flavorful chili is topped with slices of ripe avocado and crushed tortilla chips.

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Shredded Pork in Red Chili

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This Southwestern-style chili calls for braising pork shoulder with an inspired combination of yuca, kidney beans, and dried chiles.

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Chili with Polenta and Vegetables

If you feel like a bowl of chili isn't enough of a complete meal, try this inspired combo. Layer creamy, quick-cooking polenta, our Easy Beef Chili, and sautéed cremini mushrooms with spinach for a delicious dinner.

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Smoky Tofu Chili

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A combination of firm tofu and black beans star in this fiery meal. In just one hour, you can create a delicious, vegetarian chili recipe.

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Cincinnati Chili Dogs

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This is no ordinary hot dog. A quick homemade chili tops all-beef franks, along with shredded sharp cheddar cheese and chopped white onions.

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Vegetarian Chili with Avocado Cream

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Here's a recipe unlike any vegetarian chili we've ever had! This unusual riff pairs fennel, tomatoes, lentils, sweet potatoes, black beans, and black-eyed peas with two types of chiles, cumin, and plenty of aromatics. And the avocado cream topping? You're going to want to put it on everything.

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Texas Chili

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This bean-free stew uses both fresh jalapeños and dried ancho and guajillo chiles for a hot influx of flavor.

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Hearty Turkey Chili

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Dark meat ground turkey along with mild bell peppers, smoky chipotles in adobo, canned tomatoes, and kidney beans make a satisfying dinner any night of the week, especially if you go all out with the garnishes. We like adding sliced avocado, lime wedges, diced red onion, grated cheddar, and fresh cilantro.

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30-Minute Chili

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Using ground beef speeds along the cooking time without lessening this chili's ability to hit the spot. It takes just half an hour!

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Texas-Style Short Rib Chili

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The Lone Star State likes its chili bean-free, and trust us, you won't miss them in this recipe. Cubes of beef short ribs and chuck are flavored with smoky chipotle and guajillo chiles for a hearty one-pot meal thickened with cornmeal.

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Chicken Chili

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Plum tomatoes and jalapeños are roasted and puréed for the base of this thick chili. Using chicken thighs ensures that the meat stays moist and flavorful. Top with cubes of your favorite cornbread.

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Slow Cooker Spicy Turkey Chili

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Turkey thighs and fiery serrano chiles are the only non-pantry ingredients in this easy slow-cooker recipe.

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Classic Beef Chili

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It's hard to beat a classic: A variety of dried chiles—ancho, guajillo, mulato, and chipotle—are roasted and puréed to give this beef chili its bold flavor.

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Vegetarian Black-Bean Chili

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This vegetable-packed chili makes the most of frozen produce and canned beans.

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Chili Verde

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Store-bought green tomatillo salsa perks up braised pork shoulder like you wouldn't believe. Serve with fresh cilantro and lime wedges for extra brightness.

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