As a kid, the future mega-chef behind Chicago's Alinea and Next would always get a hearty bowl before trick-or-treating, and the Achatzes weren't alone with this tradition. Not only is chili a hearty base to blunt the sugar overload to come, it’s also a great way to feed a crowd or any ghoulish drop-ins. Here, Achatz’s recipe for smoky, spicy chili, plus seven more.
1. Beef Chili with Beans (above)
This is a slightly modified version of Achatz’s mother’s chili, made with ancho, pasilla and chipotle powders, plus a homemade blend of seasonings and fresh herbs.
2. Swamp Chili (Poblano-and-Spinach Posole)
Spinach and pureed poblano chiles give this chili a swamp-like look that’s fun on Halloween.