Chili

Chili is a spicy stew typically made with ground meat, tomatoes, beans and chopped peppers. There are so many variations of chili, and it’s actually a great vegetarian dish—skipping the meat and doubling up on pinto or black beans still adds protein and makes a hearty meal. Chili verde is a New Mexican take on classic chili, and uses pork, garlic, roasted green chilis and tomatillos. White chili usually uses chicken or turkey and white beans, and doesn’t have a tomato-based sauce. Hot, spicy chili tastes even more delicious when topped with cool, creamy avocado, sour cream and shredded cheese. Whether you’re a chili connoisseur or want to build up your Tex-Mex recipe repertoire, F&W’s guide has all the recipes you need.

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Classic Beef Chili

If you don’t have a chili recipe in our back pocket, make this one your go-to for game day. Fresh poblano and toasty ancho chile powder provide a tame level of heat, making this a crowd-friendly dish that guests crank up by topping with a few slices of fresh jalapeño. And thanks to convenient canned beans, you can get this on the table in under an hour. Game on!

Pork-and-Brisket Chili

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Kansas City, Missouri, chef Colby Garrelts makes a giant pot of chili for his family’s Sunday supper, often using venison that he has hunted himself. Here, he uses a mix of pork shoulder and brisket for a super-decadent and satisfying bowl of chili. Slideshow: More Chili Recipes 

Turkey Chili Recipes

There are few things more comforting than digging into a hearty bowl of turkey chili. Try your hand at any one of these incredible recipes, from a spicy turkey and quinoa chili to a turkey-and-pinto-bean chili. Plus, we've put a slight spin on the traditional dish with a recipe for turkey chili soup with hominy.

Vegetarian Chili

Go vegetarian with your chili. In this recipe guide, TV chef Ellie Krieger offers up a vegetarian black bean chili with ancho and orange, while Zoe Nathan cooks up a healthy variation with barley, quinoa and beans. Plus, check out recipes for chili con tofu, squash-lentil chili and more.

Crock-Pot Chili

Chili really benefits from being simmered low and slow. And if you want to use dried beans instead of canned, in a slow cooker, it’s never been so effortless. Add them with the ground beef, tomatoes and spices, and just six hours later, you have perfectly tender beans, perfectly delicious chili. For a spicier dish, add a minced, seeded poblano chile or two minced, seeded chipotle chiles in adobo along with the jalapeños. Slideshow: More Crock-Pot Recipes 

Chickpea and Swiss Chard Chili

As a cookbook author and test kitchen cook, I make it my business to learn as much as I can about the recipes I test and develop. I can easily spend hours a day researching the history of a dish or reaching out to experts in their field. I even scour popular blogs (and their comment sections) for whatever information might be useful.Along the way, especially in the comments, I’m often shocked at what I discover: unceasing aggression between people who have strong opinions on food and cooking. Opinions on everything from tomato sauce and puree to hard-boiled vs. hard-cooked eggs.I don’t make it my business to argue with anyone—whether via email, on social media, or in the comments about what makes certain recipes what they are or should be. For instance, what makes a “chili” a “chili” and not just a stew? Some say it has to have meat and meat alone—such as Texas chili con carne—while others insist it must have beans. The quarrels can become quite heated, trust me. But I think it’s safe to say that everyone more or less agrees that a chili must have chile peppers (or chili/chile powder). And I agree. So, I am pointing to the chipotles in this dish and calling it: This recipe is a chili. This smoky, rich chili is one of my go-to weeknight dinners, and for good reason. It’s a one-pot dish that has 10 ingredients (not including salt and pepper) and comes together in just 30 minutes. Plus, you can make it a day or two in advance because it reheats beautifully. If that isn’t enough, it’s also relatively healthy—bacon adds plenty of smoky flavor, but also renders enough fat to cook the aromatics, that way there’s no need for any additional oil.So, give this recipe a whirl—keeping your mind open to what “chili” really is—and remember to not read the comments.  Slideshow:  More Chili Recipes 

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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Sweet Potato

This hearty vegetarian tortilla soup pulls its flavor from plenty of seasonings and bright and tender sweet potatoes. To make this soup vegan, substitute vegan sour cream and cheese. Slideshow:  More Mexican Recipes 

Our 22 Best Chili Recipes

If you’re going to keep one recipe in your back pocket when the weather cools down, you can’t go wrong with homemade chili. Flexible for all types of diets and perfect as leftovers, chili recipes are some of the most versatile. Go meat-forward with a pork-and-brisket chili, or vegetarian-friendly with a black bean version. Whether you're looking for an easy chili recipe or a twist on an old favorite, these hearty dishes are perfect at any time of year.