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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Short Rib Chili
Fresh jalapeños, smoky chipotles in adobo, and fruity ancho chile powder give this thick, meaty short rib chili layers of heat, while red wine and tomato add acidity to balance out the richness of the tender short ribs. For a more budget-friendly option, substitute cubed beef chuck roast for the short ribs. Homemade pickled red onions provide a colorful, tasty, crunchy topping.
White Chicken Chili
Rating: Unrated 1
This creamy, spicy, and boldly-flavored White Chicken Chili cooks in one pot in under an hour. It gets its luscious texture from creamy navy beans and chopped corn tortillas, which thicken the broth and give it a long-cooked flavor. A lightly piquant combination of fresh jalapeños, diced green chiles, ground cayenne, and chili powder lend heat without overpowering the chili, while fresh and cooling cilantro, stirred in at the last minute, balances each bowl.
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
Rating: Unrated 1
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.

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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 
Cumin Chili
Rating: 4 stars

You'll get a clear taste of cumin in this great cold-weather chili made with ground beef, beans, and green bell pepper. If you want a hotter chili, add as much cayenne as you like.Plus: More Beef Recipes and Tips