Our 23 Best Chili Recipes (2024)

If you're going to keep one recipe in your back pocket when the weather cools down, you can't go wrong with homemade chili. Pull out your Dutch oven, and go with a meaty option like Short Rib Chili or a meat-free take like Vegetarian Black Bean Chili with Ancho and Orange. Whether you're looking for a new chili recipe to love or an upgrade to an old favorite, these hearty bowls are sure to please.

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Classic Beef Chili

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If you don't have a favorite chili recipe, make this one your go-to for game day. Fresh poblano and toasty ancho chile powder provide a tame level of heat, making this a crowd-friendly dish that guests can crank up by topping with a few slices of fresh jalapeño. And thanks to convenient canned beans, you can get this on the table in under an hour.

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Cincinnati Chili

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Cincinnati chili is not your average bowl of chili. There's a certain structure to how to order it: Two-Way (or just chili spaghetti), Three-Way (chili, spaghetti, and shredded cheddar cheese), and Four-Way (chili, spaghetti, cheddar cheese, and onions or beans). It's also served over hot dogs and in sandwiches. The chili gets depth from plenty of spices, such as cumin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with a light kick from cayenne.

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Lightnin' Fast Weeknight Skillet Chili

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Mexican chorizo, fire-roasted tomatoes, and chipotles add bold, smoky flavor to this weeknight-friendly beef chili recipe.

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White Chicken Chili

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This creamy, spicy, and boldly-flavored White Chicken Chili cooks in one pot in under an hour. It gets its luscious texture from creamy navy beans and chopped corn tortillas, which thicken the broth and give it a long-cooked flavor. A lightly piquant combination of fresh jalapeños, diced green chiles, ground cayenne, and chili powder lend heat without overpowering the chili, while fresh and cooling cilantro, stirred in at the last minute, balances each bowl.

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Short Rib Chili

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Fresh jalapeños, smoky chipotle chiles in adobo, and fruity ancho chile powder give this thick, meaty short rib chili layers of heat, while red wine and tomato add acidity to balance out the richness of the tender short ribs. For a more budget-friendly option, substitute cubed beef chuck roast for the short ribs. Homemade pickled red onions provide a colorful, tasty, crunchy topping.

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Pork Chile Verde

This pork chile verde recipe from Guy Fieri is chock-full of meltingly tender pork shoulder braised in a tomatillo and chile-infused broth. Fieri uses pasilla, poblano, anaheim, and jalepeño peppers as the chile base for this comforting stew. It’s a warming, cozy dish for a winter gathering and perfect for any game day gathering.

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Mapo Tofu–Inspired Beef and Black Bean Chili

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This chili gets incredible flavor from the Chinese fermented chile and bean paste known as doubanjiang (aka toban djan). A big pot of black beans and beef is packed with the málà flavor (spicy, tingly, and numbing) of mapo tofu thanks to the combination of Szechuan peppercorns and chiles.

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Turkey-and-Pinto-Bean Chili

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This chili is made with ground turkey, olive oil, pinto beans, and plenty of vegetables. It has the perfect level of spice, not too much nor too little, so it's perfect for everyone.

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Chili con Tofu

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Spicy chili seasonings pair beautifully with tofu. For a more substantial, spicy chili, use the same weight of tempeh in place of the tofu. Since tempeh is not packed in water, there's no need to pat it dry before sautéing, but stir in up to one extra cup of water in Step 4 when adding the beans.

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Black-Bean Turkey Chili

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Garlic, cumin, ancho, and New Mexico chile powders spice up this relatively simple recipe. Black beans bolster up the lean ground turkey and chunks of chopped tomatoes. Serve with grilled tortillas and a dollop of sour cream.

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Vegetarian Black Bean Chili with Ancho and Orange

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This vegetarian chili starts with canned black beans and a simple tomato sauce with crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Plus, a hint of fresh orange adds a warm, sweet note to the rich spices.

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Chili with Guajillo and Ancho Chiles and Hominy

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This chili is flavored with three kinds of dried chiles: fruity guajillos, smoky anchos, and a New Mexico chile. After he soaks the chiles in water to plump them, he blends them to form a silky puree, which gives the chili a complex flavor.

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Cumin Chili

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You'll get a bright taste of cumin in this great cold-weather chili made with ground beef, beans, and green bell pepper. If you want a hotter chili, add as much cayenne as you like.

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Four-Chile Chili

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Ground sirloin, jalapeño, ancho, chipotle, and paprika play a key role in this spicy chile, combined with beans and beef broth. It'll keep in the fridge for up to four days, or you can freeze it for two months if needed. It's the best ready-made meal there is.

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Three-Chile Beef Chili

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With coffee, stout beer, smoky bacon, and three kinds of chiles, this recipe makes one vibrant pot of chili. Two pounds of ground beef and three cans of pinto beans add plenty of heft and make this the ultimate cold-weather meal.

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Beef Chili with Beans

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This smoky, spicy version of chili is a slightly modified version of Grant Achatz's mother's chili, made with ancho, pasilla, and chipotle powders, plus a homemade blend of seasonings and fresh herbs.

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Pork-and-Brisket Chili

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In Kansas City, Missouri, chef Colby Garrelts makes a giant pot of chili for his family's Sunday supper, often using venison that he has hunted himself. Here, he uses a mix of pork shoulder and brisket for a super-satisfying bowl of chili. Anything using Rancho Gordo beans is a winner in our book.

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Spicy Chicken Chili

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Serving this spicy stew is a surefire way to please everyone at the table. You can also substitute leftover turkey or chicken in for the chicken thighs.

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Crock-Pot Chili

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Chili benefits from being simmered low and slow. And if you want to use dried beans instead of canned, it's effortless to make in a slow cooker. Add them with the ground beef, tomatoes, and spices, and just six hours later, you have delicious chili. For a spicier dish, add a minced, seeded poblano chile or two minced, seeded chipotle chiles in adobo along with the jalapeños.

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Chickpea and Swiss Chard Chili

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This smoky, rich chili is a simple one-pot dish and it takes just 30 minutes to make and requires only 10 ingredients (salt and pepper included). The leftovers are perfect for saving for lunch the next day.

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Vegetable Chili with Garlic Rice

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Here are two recipes for the price of one: a garlicky rice side dish that's also delicious with chicken or shrimp, and a hearty black-bean chili that puts meatier versions to shame.

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Quick Three-Bean Chili

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Some chilis need to simmer for a long time to help the flavors develop. This one doesn't because the addition of little bit of bacon instantly adds meatiness and a smoky flavor.

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Winter Vegetable Chili

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This vegetable chili, thick with kidney beans and hominy (dried, hulled corn kernels), is deliciously smoky and spicy.

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