33+ Best Chili Recipes

This one’s for you, my chili lovers: a curated collection of 33 best chili recipes! From classic beef to white chicken, healthy, slow-cooker, Instant Pot, and veggie options, there’s a version for everyone’s taste. I have also included the most common chili-making questions at the bottom of this post, such as how to thicken a chili, which beans to use, storage tips, using up leftovers and more.

Best Chili Recipes

In this recipe collection:

When the days grow cooler and cosy evenings by the fire become more inviting, there’s nothing quite like a steaming bowl of chili to warm the soul.

Whether you’re a fan of the traditional beefy goodness or you’re on the lookout for healthier, meat-free, or time-saving alternatives, I’ve put together a selection of the best chili recipes that will satisfy every craving. But before I dive into the list, let’s go through some expert tips for making the best chili.

Tips For Making Best Chili

  • Use a mix of ground meats for depth of flavour in classic beef chili.
  • Marinate the chicken before adding it to your chili for extra tenderness and taste.
  • Add flavor boosting ingredients like cocoa, espresso, peppers, anchovies, soy sauce, spices, sun-dried tomatoes, beer, balsamic vinegar, squash or pumpkin for extra sweetness.
  • Think texture contrast: experiment with beans like black, pinto, or kidney for texture and taste. Corn and peas are also great for adding crunch and color.
  • Add some acidity at the end of slow cooked dishes like chili, which can be flat and heavy after so much cooking. Adding a little vinegar or lemon juice will brighten up the chili and round up the flavor.
  • Elevate vegetarian and vegan chili with a medley of vegetables and spices. Adding sun-dried tomatoes, chipotle peppers, miso and dried mushrooms can add an exciting flavor twist.
  • Don’t skimp on the toppings – cheese, sour cream, and fresh herbs can take your chili to the next level. Remember, the toppings should compliment the chili rather than take away from its flavor. For example, additions like avocado or sour cream are an ideal cooling contrast to extra-spicy chili, while jalapeños give more mild versions a punch of heat, and fresh cilantro and scallions add a pop for freshness to extra-hearty and rich chili.

Now, let’s dive into the rich and diverse world of chili that will keep you warm and satisfied all season long.

Chili With Meat

The Best Chili Recipe

best beef chili recipe

This is the BEST chili recipe! It’s won over two dozen cook-offs and is ready in just 30 minutes! You will love the how-to video from Sugar Spun Run.

Classic Beef Chili

Beef chili recipe

This beef chili recipe is a cook-off champion! I love that Kim’s Cravings version is thick, chunky but not too chunky, spicy but not too spicy and simple.

Spicy Beef & Beer Chili

beef and beer chili

A hearty one-pot chili with beans that’s rich and perfect. This chili may be a bit more thin and soupy than you’re used to. But, it’s made this way for a reason. I love that Platings + Pairings ladles the spicy chili over top of rice, fix it up with toppings and then eat it all up with a spoon.

Texas Roadhouse Chili Recipe

Texa Roadhouse Chili Recipe

Bring the taste of Texas Roadhouse Chili into your very own kitchen with this copycat recipe. Fix yourself a warm bowl of comfort and curl up for the evening. We love the spicy and smokey goodness in Insanely Good Recipes version of this recipe.

Chile Colorado

Chile Colorado

Chile Colorado is a delicious pork chile that has a velvety sauce and tender pork shoulder. We love that Girl Gone Gourmet uses real dried whole chilies to create the sauce for authentic flavor.

Dutch Oven Chili

Dutch Oven Chili

This stovetop Dutch Oven Chili is hearty, rich, and full of flavor. The bacon, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce add a delicious smokiness. We love that this recipe will work with an enameled or cast iron dutch oven from Bites with Bri.

Sweet & Smoky Pineapple Chipotle Chili

Pineapple Chipotle Chili

An easy sweet and smoky pineapple chipotle chili recipe with 2 secret ingredients (gochujang and cocoa powder) that gives it a full-bodied more rounded and nuttier flavor! I love that this is not your ordinary backyard chili thanks to Pups With Chopsticks.

No Tomato Chili (Texas-Style)

No Tomato Chili Recipe

This chili without tomatoes is a Texas-style chili and has the perfect amount of heat and tender chunks of beef chuck roast. This famous chili cook-off winning recipe has won multiple contests for readers. Recipe from The Dizzy Cook.

Healthy Chili Recipes

Healthy Turkey Chili

healthy turkey chili

This turkey chili recipe is packed with tons of spices, veggies, beans and lean ground turkey to give it the perfect thickness and flavor while packed with protein and fiber. We love that Ambitious Kitchen makes a healthy version of this beloved classic.

Keto Chili

Keto chili

This keto chili from The Big Man’s World is made without beans or legumes, but is perfectly thick is comforting! Made in just one pot or pan, it’s simple to make but sure to impress! 3 grams net carbs per serving. 

Chorizo Chili Con Carne With Chipotle

Paleo Chili Con Carne With Chorizo & Chipotle

A hearty chorizo chili con carne flavoured with chipotle peppers. This paleo and gluten-free friendly beef chilli comes with a slow cooker and stovetop methods and step-by-step photos. Recipe on the blog here.

Lean Bison Chili

Bison Chili

Made with bison & pantry staples, it only takes about 40 minutes to make this bison chili. I love that Easy Healthy Recipes uses bison which adds to a super flavorful, lean, and a little sweet alternative to other meats for this chili.

Slow Cooker Chili Recipes

Classic Crockpot Chili

Crockpot chili

The is a classic slow cooker chili recipe, easy to throw together with ground beef, veggies, and beans all you have to do is let it simmer all day. I appreciate the no frills approach of The Schmidty Wife with this recipe that just makes you feel cozy and familiar.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Chili

Pulled pork chili

Two worlds of comfort foods collide with this pulled pork chili recipe. Your friends will love you for making it on game day and you can thank Our Wabi Sabi Life blog for creating this amazing recipe.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Chili

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Chili

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Chili is made with juicy pulled beef that soaks up the rich sauce with deeper, even more complex flavors. We love that Recipe Tin Eats adds it’s own spice blend recipe instead of relying only on pre-made chili powder. And that they take the time to brown the meat for extra flavor.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

We love how simple Plain Chicken blog makes this recipe. Simply place some chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Add beans, diced tomatoes and green chiles, corn, and chili seasoning. Cover and cook all day.

Slow Cooker Black Bean Butternut Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

This make-ahead slow cooker black bean butternut chili is perfect nutritious vegan comfort food. We love the addition of quinoa to this chili from The Full Helping.

Slow Cooker Ground Chicken Chili

Slow cooker ground chicken chili

If you get bored of regular chili recipes, try this award-winning Buffalo chili made with ground chicken mince from Slow Cooker Gourmet.

Instant Pot Chili Recipes

Instant Pot Classic Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

This Instant Pot chili is a blend of beef, beans, tomatoes and spices, all simmered together in a pressure cooker until tender and flavorful. We love that dinner can be ready in 30 minutes from Dinner At The Zoo.

Instant Pot Creamy Taco Chili

Instant Pot Creamy Taco Chili

This creamy Instant Pot Chicken Taco Chili is a one-pot, dump-and-go pressure cooker dinner recipe full of bold Tex Mex flavors. We love the taco twist to this recipe from Instant Pot Eats.

Instant Pot Turkey Chili With Sweet Kabocha Squash

Instant Pot Turkey Chili With Sweet Kabocha Squash

I love that Instant Pot Eats departs from the classic white chili with the addition of sweet kabocha squash, which pairs so well with ground turkey, white beans, and warm spices. You get the most delicious, sweetened sauce.

Instant Pot Beef & Chorizo Chili

Instant Pot Beef & Chorizo Chili

Chili con carne with a twist! This beef and chorizo chili is made without beans and is paleo, gluten-free and Whole30-friendly. I love that Instant Pot Eats uses chorizo to add the most incredible flavour and takes a chance of going beanless.

Instant Pot Chili With Pumpkin & Chickpeas

Instant Pot version With Pumpkin & Chickpeas

Made with butternut squash pumpkin, pinto beans and chickpeas, this Instant Pot vegan chili recipe from Instant Pot Eats has just the right amount of spice and sweetness.

Instant Pot Pork Green Chili

instant pot pork green chili

Tender pork with flavourful green chilis served in a bowl with diced onions and tomatoes is a comfort food I am here for! I love this paleo and Whole30-friendly recipe from The Better Blondie.  

Chili With Chicken

Creamy White Chicken Chili

Creamy white chicken chili

I love this white chili from A Spicy Perspective because the chicken breasts are the best for absorbing the bold chili, garlic, and lime flavors, and shreds beautifully into the rich creamy cream cheese base.

White Bean Chicken Chili

A bow of white Bean Chicken Chili in a tomato broth

Juicy chicken and tender white beans are simmered to perfection in a rich and flavorful broth. You will love this lighter version of the traditional Chili that is nutritious and delicious from Cheerful Cook.

Easy Chicken Chili

easy chicken tomato version

This is a tomato-based chicken chili with bold flavours. This recipe is from Healthy Fitness Meals and I love that it’s hearty and healthy at the same time, perfect meal for a cold night.

Easy Chicken White Chili

Creamy White Chicken Chili 3 Ways

Easy stovetop chicken chili with shredded chicken and a creamy base from Natashas Kitchen. It’s great with tortilla chips or over a baked potato. You will love that it reheats well so it’s a great make-ahead recipe for meal prep. 

White Chicken Chili (non-creamy)

White Chicken Chil

A light and healthy blend of creamy white beans, shredded chicken, veggies, and the perfect level of spice. I love that Downshiftology recipe thickens the broth without dairy.

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Buffalo Chicken Chili

If you like buffalo chicken wings, then this is the chili recipe for you! This chili is tomato-based, filled with cannellini beans, and chicken. You will love that it has plenty of spice to add some heat to your life from The Cookie Rookie.

Vegan & Vegetarian

Instant Pot Vegetarian Mushroom Chili

Instant Pot Vegetarian Mushroom Chili

This is a hearty and nutritious vegetarian chili with vegetables, lots of mushrooms and mixed beans. This recipe is from Instant Pot Eats but you can easily adapt it for stovetop or slow coker.

Hearty White Chickpea Chili

Hearty White Chickpea Chili

This super hearty white chickpea chili is a comforting hug in a bowl. All the flavor of white chicken chili, minus the meat. It’s creamy, loaded with beans, green chiles and all the toppings. Recipe from How Sweet Eats.

Easy Three Bean Chili

Easy Three Bean Chili

This 3-bean chili is perfect when you want a cozy warm vegan chili in 30 minutes or less! Healthy, hearty and perfect for lunch or dinner. You will love how quick and easy The Simple Veganista recipe is for meal prep.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili (Vegan)

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili (Vegan)

This sweet potato bean chili is thick, hearty, and so easy to make with easy to find everyday ingredients. I love how The Simple Veganista uses sweet potatoes in this recipe adding some body and slight sweetness to the chili.

Vegan Jackfruit Chili

Vegan Jackfruit Chili

This jackfruit chili is satisfying, healthy, and on the table in under an hour. You will love how jackfruit has the texture of shredded chicken or pork and how it easily picks up the flavours from this chili in Mae’s Menu recipe.

Vegan Chili

Vegan Chili

This vegan chili is so rich and velvety and has layers of complex flavor. Tastes just like a classic chili but 100% vegan and so wholesome from Rainbow Plant LifeI love the added tips of toasting the spices and adding umami flavour boost.

Veggie-Packed Vegetarian Chili

Veggie-Packed Vegetarian Chili

It’s packed with hearty beans and a ton of vegetables, so not only is it delicious, it’s incredibly healthy and nutritious. I love that this recipe from Hannah Magee RD is a great source of plant-based protein, fibre, and a variety of vitamins, and minerals.

Common Chili-Making Questions

What Is Chili?

A mild to spicy stew-like dish sometimes made of ground meat, peppers, chili powder, and beans.

What To Serve With Chili?

Traditionally cornbread of all kinds, from sweet to spicy can be served with chili. But some chili enthusiast like adding chili on top of rice or spaghetti noodles. It goes well with baked potatoes, salad, grilled cheese sandwiches, nachos, tater tots, fries, slaw, mashed potatoes, corn, saltine crackers, and jalapeno poppers.

How To Make Chili?

This one pot meal can be as simple or as gourmet as you choose. Basic chili requires meat, beans, seasoning, tomatoes, onions and peppers all cooked together for an allotted amount of time to enjoy with family or a crowd of friends. Common chili spices are cumin chile powders and paprika, followed by garlic, onion, coriander, Mexican oregano, and bay leaves. 

What Beans Go In Chili?

The best beans for chili are pinto, kidney, cannelini, and black beans.

How Long Does Chili Last In The Fridge?

Typically 3 to 4 days stored properly in airtight containers.

What To Do With Leftover Chili?

You can make burritos, hotdogs, taco casseroles, mac’ and ‘n’ cheese, french fries, tater tots, then top off with chili on top and extra cheese. Or make a snack by adding cream cheese, canned tomatoes and green peppers to make a dip for nachos or corn chips.

How To Freeze Chili?

You can make a large batch of chili and simply freeze to enjoy later. After cooking chili, let it cool to room temperature then transfer to air-tight containers. If using freezer-safe bags, avoid potential leakage by double bagging or laying on a tray. Freeze for up to six months.

How Many Calories In A Bowl Of Chili?

Classic homemade chili made with ground beef and beans provides about 264 – 360 calories per one-cup serving. Of course, this all depends on brands and quality of ingredients. Homemade versions typically have less saturated fat and sodium than canned or restaurant chili.

Irena Macri
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