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25 Best Chili Recipes

25 Best Chili Recipes – Simmering chili on stovetops and in Instant Pots and slow cookers indicate that cooler months are upon us- or soon approaching. We’ve rounded up some of the best chili recipes, and there is a dish on this list for everyone! We’ve got hearty meat recipes, chili with beans, no bean-chili, and vegetarian recipes.

Nothing will help you enjoy Fall and Winter quite like a warm bowl of chili, soup, or stew! I guarantee you will FALL hard for this list of the 25 best chili recipes. 

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As soon as the first leaf changes color (usually September 1st), my mind shifts to Fall comfort food regardless of the weather. There is something about a piping hot bowl of homemade chili, and it’s the perfect meal for potlucks, get-togethers, game nights, and cook-offs.

WHAT’S THE BEST PROTEIN FOR CHILI?

  • Ground Beef, Turkey, or Chicken
  • Chuck Roast
  • Lentils
  • Brisket
  • Chicken
  • Pork Shoulder
  • Chickpeas
  • Deer
  • Short Rib
  • Lamb

SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

  • Corn Bread
  • Hot Dogs
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Saltines
  • Bread Bowl
  • Corn Casserole
  • Rice
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Corn Muffins
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Corn Chips
  • Mashed Cauliflower
  • Grilled Cheese

HOW TO GARNISH HOMEMADE CHILI

  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado
  • Chives
  • Jalapeños or Serranos
  • Radishes
  • Green Onion
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Hot Sauce
  • Lime Wedges

25 BEST CHILI RECIPES

Chili is hearty meal that’s easy to make and sure to feed a crowd. The way chili is prepared largely depends on where you’re located, and we have a ton of variations to choose from.

HEARTY CHILI RECIPES

01 | Chili Con Carne

Recipe and image from Jamil Ghar

Chili Con Carne means ‘chili with meat’ and this recipe is made with tender chunks of beef, black beans, and dried chilies for maximum flavor. This authentic Texas-inspired chili cooks in the Dutch oven, Instant Pot, or slow cooker.

02 | Chocolate Lamb Chili

Recipe and Image from Running to the Kitchen

Chocolate Lamb Chili is made with lamb stew meat, mixed beans, and smoky, rustic spices for a decadent meal you’ll love.

03 | Best Beef Chili

The best chili topped with sour cream, corn chips, jalapeño, and bacon.
Recipe and Image from Sugar Spun Run

Make the Best Beef Chili– combine simple ingredients like BACON and ground beef, then simmer on the stovetop for 30 minutes.

04 | Family Favorite Chili

Family Favorite Chili in a bowl with chunks of cheese and sour cream.
Recipe and Image from Lana’s Cooking

This recipe is a tried-and-true Family Favorite Chili made with hearty ingredients and simple flavors. It’s budget-friendly and perfect for a quick and easy meal.

05 | Sweet and Spicy Chili

Recipe and Image from Salt and Baker

This is the best Sweet and Spicy Chili ever! Its chili is loaded with delicious meat and a perfect blend of spices to deliver an award-winning chili recipe to impress your family and friends!

06 | Turkey Chili

Recipe and Image from Valerie’s Kitchen

This flavorful Turkey Chili recipe will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. It’s packed with lean ground turkey, three kinds of beans, and a variety of spices.


VEGETARIAN CHILI RECIPES

07 | Best Vegan Chili with Beans and Millet

Vegan chili topped with green onion, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream.
Recipe and Image from My Pure Plants

This is the Best Vegan Chili with Beans and Millet. It’s hearty and satisfying vegan chili- loaded with vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.

08 | Butternut Squash Chickpea Chili

Recipe and Image from The Almond Eater

This Butternut Squash Chickpea Chili recipe can be made in your slow cooker or stovetop and it is packed full of veggies and protein.

09 | Spicy Chickpea Chili

Recipe and Image from I Heart Vegetables

This Spicy Chickpea Chili comes together in 10 minutes for a healthy, vegan, and gluten-free meal.


INSTANT POT CHILI RECIPES

10 | Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Recipe and image from Jamil Ghar

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is layered with chicken, white beans, corn, and a well-spiced broth to make a hearty and filling chili that’s ready in under an hour!

11 | Instant Pot Chili Verde

Recipe and Image from Pressure Cook Recipes

Make Instant Pot Chili Verde! Juicy tender chicken cooks in tangy-hot-savory-umami homemade roasted green chili sauce.

12 | Instant Pot Pozole Rojo

Recipe and image from Jamil Ghar

Instant Pot Pozole Rojo is a hearty chili made with tender pork and filling hominy, simmered in a flavorful chili broth, and garnished with fresh toppings. 

13 | Instant Pot No Bean Turkey Chili

Recipe and Image from Clean Eating Kitchen

Hearty and healthy Instant Pot No Bean Turkey Chili is a super easy meal prep recipe. This chili is a family favorite, and it’s gluten-free, paleo, and Whole30.

14 | Instant Pot Vegetable Chili with Quinoa

Recipe and Image from Piping Pot Curry

Instant Pot Vegetable Chili with Quinoa is an easy, comforting weeknight meal made with black beans, quinoa, and veggies- it’s loaded with protein and fiber.

SPECIAL DIET CHILI RECIPES

15 | Low-Carb Keto Chili

Low Carb keto chili in bowl with cheese, sour cream, avocado, and green onion.
Recipe and Image from Wholesome Yum

Make this no bean, Low Carb Keto Chili; this recipe cooks in the Crock Pot, Instant Pot, or pressure cooker using common ingredients.

16 | Paleo Chili

Recipe and Image from Laura Fuentes

Paleo Chili Recipe is even better than the traditional kind. It’s filling and full of delicious flavor from veggies and meat.


SLOW COOKER CHILI RECIPES

17 | Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Recipe and Image from Belle of the Kitchen

Slow Cooker Beef Chili is a family favorite that tastes great paired with a big, buttery hunk of cornbread.

18 | Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

A hand holding a spoon and scooping out a spoonful of chicken chili topped with cilantro and avocado.
Recipe and Image from A Simple Palate

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili will give you all the cozy feels. It’s filled with zesty flavor and tender shredded chicken; it is a simple and healthy recipe the whole family will love!


UNIQUE CHILI RECIPES

19 | Cincinnati Chili

Recipe and Image from An Affair from the Heart

If you don’t have a Skyline Chili near you and you find yourself craving the comfort of an authentic Cincinnati Chili, this recipe has you covered. Eat it as is, or serve the chili over spaghetti noodles.

20 | Bacon Cheeseburger Chili

Recipe and Image by 4 Sons ‘R’ Us

Bacon Cheeseburger Chili combines all the flavors of two classic comfort foods into one yummy dish. This hearty recipe will be an instant favorite for all burger and chili lovers!

21 | Easy Venison Chili

A scoop of venison chili over the pot.
Recipe and image from Fantabulosity

This Easy Venison Chili is one of the easiest ground deer meat recipes. The addition of the bacon helps give it a flavor that will leave you craving it on those cold winter days!

22 | Fall Pumpkin Chili

Recipe and Image from Salt and Lavender

A hearty Fall Pumpkin Chili recipe will help you through the colder months; prepare the chili with roasted and pureed pumpkin, or you can use canned pumpkin too.

23 | Five Bean Chili

Chili recipe topped with radishes, scallions, and chilies.
Recipe and image from Fuss Free Flavors

Five Bean Chili is the perfect pantry dish for when you can’t get to the shops, and it’s a great winter dish to feed a crowd. 

24 | One Pot Chili Mac

Overhead shot of chili mac in a saute pan.
Recipe and Image by iFood Real

This super healthy vegetarian One Pot Chili Mac comes together with beer, beans, pasta, olives, spices, and cheese that’s ready in 30-ish minutes.

25 | Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Recipe and Image from Masala Herb

This Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe is fast, healthy, and easy to make. It’ll warm you right up this fall! 

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS

You’ve read through 25 of the best chili recipes, and they make incredible leftovers. Psst… chili almost always tastes better the next day (but that’s my opinion).

  • FRIDGE – Store leftovers in an air-tight container; they will keep for 3-4 days, depending on the ingredients.
  • FREEZE – Allow the dish to cool completely, and then add the chili to a freezer-safe container or bag. It will freeze for up to 3-6 months; chili with dairy will freeze for less time. When you’re ready to eat, defrost it in the fridge overnight.
  • REHEAT – Warm leftovers on the stovetop or microwave, and enjoy!
  • REPURPOSE –  Make walking nachos, chili and rice casserole, chili cheese fries, chili spaghetti squash casserole, chili dogs, chili and tater tot casserole, Frito chili pie, and chili cornbread casserole.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What gives chili the best flavor?

The answer will vary depending on who you asked and what chili you’re attempting to make. However, if you follow a few simple rules you will end up with great-tasting chili.

• Heat: Add a heating element to the chili apart from traditional American chili powder. Dried chilis, hot sauce, fresh chilies, chili flakes, or chili paste can go a long way in adding flavor.

• Acid: Finish the chili with a fresh pop of acid like vinegar or citrus.

• Fat: Oil, cheese, cream, and fatty cuts of meat like chuck and pork lend additional flavor.

• Alcohol: Wine, beer, cider, and whiskey enhance the flavor of the chili.

• Sweetener: A little sugar, honey, or chocolate will balance the natural acidity of the usually tomato-based chilies.

• Secret Ingredients: Recipe developers and home cooks usually have one ingredient they use to take their chili to the next level. Maybe it’s coffee or chocolate. Others add warm spices like cinnamon, garam masala, taco seasoning, and nutmeg. I love to add fish sauce, Marmite, or Worcestershire.

TOOLS YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THESE RECIPES

Dutch Oven: You can’t go wrong investing in a high-quality Dutch oven. The one I use is from Lodge, but many prefer Le Creuset.

Slow Cooker: There is something nice and homey about dumping all your ingredients into a Crockpot and leaving it to cook for hours, as the tempting aroma circulates through the house.

The Instant Pot might be one of the most-used kitchen tools in our home, and helps to prepare meals in no time.

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A Pinterest pin for the 25 best chili recipes.

Bianca

Saturday 17th of September 2022

I have already tried 3 of these recipes and they're all amazing! Can't wait to try even more from the list!

Tressa Jamil

Saturday 17th of September 2022

Three, oh man! You are quite the achiever. I am glad this list of recipes was helpful to you.

Giangi

Saturday 17th of September 2022

I shared this post with my husband, who is the Chili lover in the family and loves to cook. The only food he will cook is chili. He made Instant Pot Chili Verde, and he was happy to have found a great recipe; we all love it. Thank you for all the suggestions. Each recipe looks amazing.

Tressa Jamil

Saturday 17th of September 2022

I haven't tried that one yet, but it looks so good! Thanks for checking out the post and sharing it with your husband. I hope it passes the chili-lover's test.

fede

Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Your chili con carne was amazing. Can't wait to try more of these recipes you mentioned.

Tressa Jamil

Saturday 17th of September 2022

Chili con carne is one of my most treasured recipes; I am happy you enjoyed it.

Lynne

Monday 12th of September 2022

The chili mac and cheese is my kiddos favorite! I will be referencing this round up all football season!

Tressa Jamil

Saturday 17th of September 2022

Yes, we come back to it almost every Sunday!