Chili is the ultimate comfort food when the temperatures drop and the weather turns into something you want to stay inside to avoid. The best part about cooking and eating chili is that it warms you from the inside out. It’s also an entire meal, although it’s delicious with a side of cornbread.
You can prepare chili on your stovetop in a large pot, with a crockpot, an Instapot, or a slow cooker. It also freezes well for meals weeks or months later. And there are many different options for your chili recipe — beans, no beans, meat, no meat, spicy, mild, you name it.
If you’re ready to cook up some delicious chili, here’s a list of top chili recipes that will keep you and your family warm this winter.
If you don’t already have a go-to chili recipe, start with this one. This classic chili is made from the traditional ingredients of ground beef, beans, chopped onions, and a blend of chili seasonings.
Although beans are a common ingredient in chili, maybe you don’t like legumes or have some other reason for avoiding them. This no-bean chili recipe makes up for the lack of beans by being loaded with vegetables, spices, hearty ground beef, and other flavors. Make sure you top it off with cilantro, sour cream, or shredded cheese for a tasty meal.
If you or your loved ones would rather skip the meat, this vegan 3-bean chili might be just the ticket. The recipe is inspired by succotash, with ingredients like corn, beans, veggies, squash, red peppers, jalapenos, and tomatoes. It’s a filling meal and even more tasty when you top it off with a bit of cilantro.
This short rib chili will be one of the richest and meatiest options on this list. It is made from tender short ribs, smoky chipotle chilies, fresh jalapenos, red wine, tomatoes, and ancho chili pepper.
If you’re on a paleo diet, you might be avoiding legumes for now. This primitive beef and pork chili is hearty and simple but sure to leave you with a warm and full belly. Make sure you top it off with some sesame seeds and scallions to enhance the flavors.
If you want to create a truly unique chili recipe, give this Mediterranean one a try. It’s chili with a Greek twist. The ingredients include garbanzo beans, kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, feta cheese, and lemon zest.
This is a unique type of chili that is a must-try if you’re adventurous or just love the idea of your chili smothered on top of noodles. It’s served in several ways — Two-Way (chili on top of spaghetti), Three-Way (chili, spaghetti, and shredded cheddar cheese), or Four-Way (chili, spaghetti, cheddar cheese, and beans or onions).
This green chicken chili is another unique creation that is also packed with flavor. It included ingredients like chicken, black beans, and green chiles. Even better, it’s simple and fast to make. You can whip this one up in about 30 minutes or so.
9. Chili Mac
If you love mac and cheese, you’ll want to try this customized chili mac recipe that is filling and delicious. It’s a mashup of many comfort foods, like hearty chili and creamy macaroni and cheese.
You can cook this chili with chorizo, you can cook this chili with turkey, chicken, or other types of sausage. Don’t forget to add sour cream, cilantro, and cheddar cheese on top.
Use your slow cooker on a cold day to cook up a batch of this healthy and tasty chili made with turkey, veggies, beans, and spices.
This vegetarian chili only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. The ingredients include black beans, jalapenos, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, red bell pepper, onions, and other items.
Get Your Chili Ingredients and Side Dishes at Nick’s of Clinton
Now that you have a list of amazing chili recipes, you need some high-quality ingredients. At Nick’s of Clinton, our community grocery store has everything you need to create a delicious meal that will keep you and your loved ones cozy this winter.
Our full-service meat counter is the centerpiece of our store, and we offer the freshest selection of produce. You’ll also find high-quality dairy and cheese items as well as the spices you need for your recipes. Visit us today or give us a call at (301) 843-4825 with any questions.