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.
In this recipe collection:
- 👩🍳 Tips For Making Best Chili
- Chili With Meat
- Healthy Chili Recipes
- Slow Cooker Chili Recipes
- Instant Pot Chili Recipes
- Chili With Chicken
- Vegan & Vegetarian
- Common Chili-Making Questions
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Healthy Chili Recipes
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.
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.
Slow Cooker Chili Recipes
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 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.
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.
Instant Pot Chili Recipes
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.
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.
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.
Chili With Chicken
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.
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.
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.
Vegan & Vegetarian
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.
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.
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.
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.