Chili is unique because it can include an assortment of ingredients. As long as there’s any combination of beans, meat, tomatoes and chili peppers in the pot, it’s safe to call it chili. But never mind the specifics. Try some of these assorted chili recipes to keep warm and full as the weather turns cold. Make it fun by holding a chili cook-off with friends and family, or simply spend a chilly Sunday afternoon slow cooking an aromatic pot of awesome.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
The colors alone make this chili from Eating Well a great dish for a cold, autumn night. While the potatoes add sweetness, the crushed chipotle peppers bring a noticeable kick to this one, so skip them if you prefer a milder chili. This is a great vegetarian dish where you won’t miss the meat.
Peanut Butter Chili
The best chili recipes often come from experimentation, like this odd creation from the blog of The Peanut Butter Boy. He claims that it is the best chili he’s ever made, but says it’s not just the peanut butter that makes it so great – but, rather, the combination of all the ingredients working together.
Seven-Layer Chili Dog Dip
Not a traditional chili recipe per say, this dip will nevertheless be a hit of your next party. Instead of going through the hassle of making chilidogs for the whole group, consolidate with this dip that puts all the ingredients in one bowl for chip dipping! The recipe from Taste and Tell is quick and simple, made with bits of hot dogs, cheese, onions and, of course, loads of chili.
Save this tropical chili recipe for when the mid-winter blues start to sink in. Via Taste of Home, each spoonful of this chili will have chunks a sweet pineapple bursting with juicy flavor, taking your taste buds to a warmer place.
White Bean Turkey Chili
For a lighter chili with full flavor, try this turkey chili from LaaLoosh. Loaded with fiber and protein, this healthy chili will keep you full and energized without sacrificing great chili taste and texture. Dollop with light sour cream and some pomegranate seeds for a sweet and tangy kick.
Chili Dog Pizza
Another chili dog creation, this pizza from Food.com is a great way to make use of leftover chili and hotdogs. Combine the ingredients, slap them on a pizza crust and voila! Try experimenting with toppings you’d normally put on a chilidog, like sauerkraut, onions, mustard or relish.
Chocolate Chip Chili
The chocolate in this chili is not meant to be the predominate flavor, but rather a slight complement adding a hint of sweetness that you may not be able to identify right away. Try this recipe from Baked Bree and see if your family and friends can pick out the mystery flavor among the chorizo, cinnamon, coriander and other ingredients.
Vegetarian Three Bean Curry-Style Chili
It’s time to use those seasonings that have been lying dormant in your spice cabinet. Cumin, turmeric, paprika, coriander and cayenne powders make an Indian-inspired chili dish from Food and Spice that will stand out amongst all the bowls of red chili. Pine nuts, cashews and pistachios bring a whole new level of flavor to this exotic dish.