Cool-Weather Comforts: 20 Hearty Chili Recipes

on September 10, 2015


Crazy for Chili?

It's officially chili season, folks! This collection of inspired chili recipes features all sorts of unexpected flavor combinations to keep things interesting (and really, really cozy) during the coldest months of the year. Which will be your new go-to fall favorite?

Dangerously Delicious

Mac & Cheese Chili

Take chili suppers to the next level by adding your favorite pasta. Think classic Cincinnati Chili turned every which way you can imagine. Try this version with a childhood favorite of ours-elbow macaroni.

Get the Recipe: Macaroni & Cheese Chili

The Joyful Hearth

Easy Vegan Chili

Vegetarians in the house? Have no fear-this chili features a smorgasbord of hearty vegetables and variety of seasonings that will appeal to the whole crowd.

Get the Recipe: Vegan Chili with Black Beans and Squash

Flying on Jess Fuel

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Your favorite game day flavors are the star of this tangy take on classic chicken chili. Don't forget the blue cheese and celery garnish!

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Chili

The Crumby Cupcake

Vegan Quinoa Chili

With the added hearty whole-grain goodness of quinoa, this vegan version is a particularly healthy take on comfort food-and a great way to sneak in added nutrients under the radar.

Get the Recipe: One Pan Vegan Quinoa Chili

Espresso My Kitchen

Mexican Turkey Chili

For another healthier take on classic chili recipes, substitute ground turkey for ground beef. Then opt for vibrant toppings like diced avocado, queso fresco, and cilantro to lend a bright, fresh flavor.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Turkey Chili

Crockpot Gourmet

Pulled Pork Chili

Pull out your slow cookers! Harness all of the goodness of pulled pork, and let this baby slow simmer all day for a beautiful weeknight meal waiting on you after a long work day.

Get the Recipe: Crockpot Pulled Pork Chili

Paleo Flourish Magazine

Bison Chili

Here's a chili your guests won't expect-ground bison in place of beef brings a unique heartiness, while the addition of pineapple adds a hint of sweetness. This is a must try recipe for chili fanatics and adventurous eaters alike.

Get the Recipe: Bison Pineapple Chili

Simply Sated

Dixon's Chili and Tamales

Kansas City is known for its chili-and this famous dish was a particular favorite of President Harry Truman. A base of tamales blanketed with hearty chili? Please.

Get the recipe: Copycat Dixon's Chili and Tamale Spread

American Heritage Cooking

Pinot Noir Steak Chili

Consider this your go-to special occasion chili. Filled with tender pieces of steak, the richness of pinot noir, and hints of rosemary, this chili is nothing short of elegant and would make a perfect fall or winter meal for two.

Get the Recipe: Rosemary Pinot Noir Steak Chili

Laura's Wild Kitchen

Venison Chili

The possibilities for protein in chili are endless. This rendition features ground venison in a delicious chili verde base.

Get the Recipe: Venison Green Chili

Sweet Peas and Saffron

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Chili

Sweet potatoes bring a wonderful new flavor to chili, and the added protein from chickpeas makes it extra filling. Chipotle seasoning and fresh lime juice make this dish both healthy and delicious.

Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Smoky Sweet Potato and Chickpea Chili

Flavor the Moments

Guinness Chili

Give your bowl a boozy kick with this beer-infused beef chili. It's hearty and perfectly paired with some cornbread-and an ice cold Guinness to wash it down, of course.

Get the Recipe: Guinness Beef Chili

I Bake He Shoots

Chili Pie

Your favorite chili ingredients layered atop a cornbread base, and then baked in a cast iron pan. What's not to like?

Get the Recipe: Easy Chili Pie

Superman Cooks

White Chicken Chili

This stew is full of flavor, but it's less dense and lighter in flavor than a standard chili. Navy beans and chicken are the stars of this dish, perfectly complemented by peppers, bay leaves, and plum tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: White Chicken Chili

Just a Smidgen

Chocolate Chip Stout Chili

The addition of chocolate to this chile creates a flavor reminiscent of Mexican mole-lending this chili a distinctly sweet-and-savory flavor.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chip and Stout Chili

She Likes Food

Chili Squash Bowl

The best part about this chili? You can eat the bowl! Acorn squash is both a wonderful pairing and beautiful vessel for this autumnal dish.

Get the Recipe: Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash


Chicken and Shrimp Chili

Bring a little Cajun flair to your chili with the addition of fresh shrimp. This chili is brimming with spicy flavor and is sure to keep you warm on a chilly fall evening. (Pun intended, obviously.)

Get the Recipe: Chicken and Shrimp Chili

Carlsbad Cravings

Mango Black Bean Chili

We love the addition of fruit and Coca Cola for a sweet infusion of flavor in this take on chili. You wouldn't expect all these ingredients to come together, but when they do-it's nothing short of spectacular.

Get the Recipe: Mango Black Bean Chipotle Coke Chili

The Girl Who Ate Everything

Pizza Chili

This very well may be the ultimate bowlful for tailgate occasions. Filled with ground beef, pepperoni, and chopped tomatoes, this chili is best paired with toasty bread for dipping and an indulgent topping of melty mozzarella cheese.

Get the Recipe: Pizza Chili

Good Life Eats

Short Rib and Bacon Chili

This chili's rich flavors make it a quick fall favorite. Braised short rib, bacon, kidney beans, and jalapeu00f1os come to life in a wonderfully savory base.

Get the Recipe: Braised Short Rib and Bacon Chili