15 Heartwarming Chili Recipes Perfect for Cozy Season
As the seasons shift colder, our kitchens are going to get hotter. After all, we can finally start cooking up our favorite warm and comforting foods and taking advantage of all the festive fall flavors. Case in point? Chili season. Let's celebrate.
We've rounded up our best, most crowd-pleasing chili recipes, from a classic Beef and Bean Chili Recipe that will warm you up from the inside out to a hearty (and super healthy) Slow-Cooker Black Bean Vegan Chili, seasonal Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Harissa Vegetarian Chili, and plenty of perfect sweet potato chili dishes. Whether you’re craving something meaty, spicy, or vegetarian, you can’t go wrong with one of these crazy-cozy recipes. Truly, what's more lifesaving than a one-pot dinner that practically cooks itself? Grab your favorite oversized mug and cheddar cheese, and let's get after it.
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Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili With Sweet Potatoes
The secret ingredient in this slow-cooker vegetarian chili recipe will knock your game-day socks off. The meal is loaded with sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and not one, but two kinds of beans. Set the toppings in separate bowls and treat yourself to a buffet of cheese, scallions, chips, radish slices, and more.
Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Harissa Vegetarian Chili
This recipe for vegetarian slow-cooker chili with sweet butternut squash and tender chickpeas has delicious, rich and complex flavor. Here, harissa, a spicy chili paste, is used in place of standard chili powder. A dollop of Greek yogurt, crumbled feta, fresh cilantro leaves, and crunchy pepitas will keep you coming back to this recipe time and time again.
Slow-Cooker Black Bean Vegan Chili Recipe
The stellar combo of black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, and spices cook in the slow cooker while you whip up the part that makes this vegan meal a real win: the fried plantains. Black beans and plantains are the best flavor pair, as you’re soon to find out, and even people who aren't vegans will enjoy this meat-less rendition.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Mole Chili
The flavors of irresistible mole found their way into this mouthwatering slow-cooker chicken chili recipe. Mole, a rich Mexican sauce that usually contains raisins and chocolate, makes everything better. Any leftovers will be perfect for tacos and enchiladas, so think of this as the chili that keeps on giving.
Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn
Poblano peppers and corn look good on this southwestern chili. Packed with flavor, this tasty recipe is not only one of the best chilis, but it also freezes well. Serve with tortillas and extra cheese for major bonus points.
Beef and Bean Chili
Chili for a Crowd
This easy chili recipe feeds at least eight people. Made with two bottles of lager beer, the dish takes things up a notch from the standard fall chili recipe while still remaining super traditional. Top this one off with sour cream, radishes, avocados, scallions—whatever your heart desires. You really can't go wrong.
Turkey and Bean Chili
For a lighter take on chili, ground turkey is the star of the show in this favorite recipe. Ground chipotle adds a touch of smokiness, keeping this bowl of chili bold and rich just like the others in our top picks.
Turkey and Poblano Chili
If you're short on time, feel free to use a pre-made rotisserie chicken in this turkey and poblano chili recipe, or leave the meat out to make it a healthy vegetarian main.
Vegetable Chili With Polenta
Talk about the best of both worlds. Here, you'll pair an easy vegetarian chili with a protein-packed polenta. Spoon a little salsa on top at the end, if desired.
White Bean Chili With Jalapeño Bulgur
Bulgur will gives a nutty, creamy protein-rich boost to this already delicious (and healthy) chili recipe.
Red Bean Chili
A simple chili anyone can make and will surely stay on rotation. Double this easy recipe to feed a crowd, whether it’s a rowdy game day crowd or a snug movie night gathering. A side of cornbread here would be A-ok.
Quick Turkey Chili
This quick turkey chili only asks 20 minutes of hands-on time, which means you'll have plenty to time to find the perfect cheddar cheese (and wine) to pair it with once you're finished cooking.
Vegetarian Chili With Chocolate
Don't knock it until you've tried it. Rich bittersweet chocolate adds depth and complexity to this incredibly flavorful chili, sure to leave you wanting more.
Three-Bean Chili With Spring Pesto
This delicious, nutritious chili recipe is vegetarian but packs major flavor and protein, thanks to cannellini beans, kidney beans, and chick peas.