Popular Chili Recipes

The wonderful thing about chili recipes - that hearty, long-simmered stew typically made with tomatoes, beef and beans - is that no two pots are alike. You can simmer a Texas chili on the stovetop, or make your batch in a crockpot. There are endless ways to put your own spin on this western classic. Start with the basics and then have fun: Amp up the cumin. Add cubed steak or pork sausage. Try a bit of chipotle in adobo sauce to spice things up. For a veggie twist, combine different kinds of beans, black bean, pinto beans, and kidney beans all work well, throw in tofu crumbles and presto - you've got a killer vegetarian meal. Or take a left turn and whip up a batch of white chicken chili. After all, even though this is food fit for the range, even cowboys like some variety.

Chunky Chipotle Pork Chili

Lean pork tenderloin gets a huge flavor boost from a perfect blend of spicy, smoky, and sweet peppers in this incredible chili. Red beans are a hearty addition, making this a filling lunch, or main course for dinner. Simply add a fresh green salad or half-sandwich for a complete dinner that will satisfy even the most insatiable of appetites.

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Chunky Chipotle Pork Chili

Kickin Hot Chili

A medley of peppers and spices infuses this chili with amazing flavor, and just the right amount of heat. Featuring two pounds of ground beef, and tasty blend of red and Great Northern beans, this hearty chili is made to satisfy. Serve with a fresh green salad, crunchy tortilla chips, and your choice of classic toppings for a complete meal the whole family will love.

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Kickin Hot Chili

How to Make Chili

The ingredients are key to great chili. Weżll show you the one must-have ingredient (no skimping!) for authentic, delicious homemade chili.

How to Make Chili

Fruit-and-Nut Chili

Sweet peppers, fragrant garlic, and an aromatic blend of spices (including curry powder and cinnamon) make this chili flavorful. The addition of cocoa powder, almonds, and tart, crisp apples makes it uniquely enticing. Almonds, like all nuts, are susceptible to rancidity due to their high fat content. For optimal shelf life, store almonds in a air-tight container in the freezer, for 3-6 months.

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Fruit-and-Nut Chili

Pumpkin Chili

Unlike most pumpkin recipes, this stew calls for diced squash rather than canned. Feel free to use any protein source, such as extra beans, lentils, or ground chicken, in place of the beef and turkey.

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Pumpkin Chili

Apple Harvest Chili

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Apple Harvest Chili

Hearty Vegetarian Chili

Packed with lots of vegetables, hearty beans, and the perfect amount of seasoning, this vegetarian chili is so flavorful, no one will miss the meat. And at just over 200 calories per serving, it's a meal-in-a-bowl that satisfies, without the guilt! Fresh cilantro boasts a lively, pungent flavor that goes a long way. When buying, look for leaves with a bright, even color, and no signs of wilting. Store in a plastic bag inside the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Hearty Vegetarian Chili

Beef and Bean Chili

With rich ground beef, peppery cilantro, and spicy jalapenos, this incredible chili has all the basics covered. But what is that flavor singing in the background? Your guests will be surprised -- and delighted -- to learn that the secret ingredient is chocolate. When buying jalapeno chiles for this dish, choose those with vibrant, blemish-free skins. And remember: the smaller the pepper, the hotter the pepper.

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Beef and Bean Chili

Hominy and Chorizo Chili

Packed with chili peppers and warm spices, Mexican chorizo is the perfect substitute for beef in this unique chili. Thicker than you'd like? Simply add more chicken broth as needed to reach desired consistency.

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Hominy and Chorizo Chili

Two-Tomato Stew Chili

Bright and tangy sun-dried tomatoes, sweet peppers and juicy golden raisins elevate this chili to new heights. Don't feel pressured to use expensive cuts of beef in every meal. Stews and chilis offer the perfect opportunity to use cheaper cuts, as the cooking process easily breaks up connective tissue. Look for well-marbled cuts for the richest flavor.

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Two-Tomato Stew Chili

Spicy White Chili

Green chiles, fragrant garlic, and the perfect blend of herbs and spices lend just the right amount of heat and flavor to this delicate yet satisfying white chili. Short on time? Take advantage of your supermarket deli and use a deli rotisserie chicken. Simply shred the meat with your fingers or two forks while the rest of the ingredients simmer.

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Spicy White Chili

Texas Red Chili

A medley of chile peppers give this unique chili plenty of kick while the addition of thick-cut bacon lends an irresistible smoky flavor. Serve with a fresh green salad for a satisfying meal in less than an hour.

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Texas Red Chili

Cincinnati-Style Chili

Thinner than most chile con carne and redolent with sweet spices, this Ohio specialty put Cincinnati on the culinary map. Residents enjoy it many ways, including as a hot dog topping and mixed with pasta and topped with a mountain of cheddar cheese.

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Cincinnati-Style Chili

Mediterranean Chickpea Chili

Hearty and flavorful, this dish is a perfect example of how dynamic and satisfying a meatless chili can be. Substitute vegetable stock for chicken for a truly spectacular vegetarian dish. Serve with a fresh green salad and crusty baguette for a complete dinner.

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Mediterranean Chickpea Chili

Red Hot Whiskey Chili

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Red Hot Whiskey Chili

Potluck Pleaser Chili

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Potluck Pleaser Chili

What's the Secret? Chili

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What's the Secret? Chili

Go Whole Hog Chili

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Go Whole Hog Chili

Texas Heat Chili

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Texas Heat Chili

Three-Bean Beauty Chili

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Three-Bean Beauty Chili

White Meat, No Heat Chili

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White Meat, No Heat Chili

Bring the Heat, Skip the Meat Chili

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Bring the Heat, Skip the Meat Chili

Pork and Poblano Green Chili

For more Mexican flavor, this slow cooker pork chili calls for a jar of salsa verde in addition to broth.

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Pork and Poblano Green Chili

Smoky Weeknight Chili

Fire-roasted tomatoes, a heavy dose of chili powder and rich dark cocoa powder work magic to give this quick chili its all-day-on-the-stove flavor.

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Smoky Weeknight Chili

Spicy Ancho Chili with Tomatillos

Bright tomatillos and cilantro bring fresh Mexican flavors to this slow cooker chili.

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Spicy Ancho Chili with Tomatillos

Chili Verde Soup

When you prepare chili in a slow cooker, hearty roasts are the ideal meat choice.

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Chili Verde Soup

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