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It’s time to drive the coziness factor into full effect. Oversized sweaters, warm blankets, and—most importantly—comfort food are essential staples for the cooler months. If you’re going to be stuck indoors, a delicious meal is obviously in order.

Chili is one of the great dishes for the fall and winter. It’s hearty, filling, and hits the spot when temperatures are less than pleasing. No dinner party or guy’s night watching football is complete without a bowl.

Know Your BowlWhat Is the Difference Between Cincinnati, Texas, and Classic Chili?Though no one will dispute its taste, the origins of chili are relatively mysterious—except for the fact that it did not come from Mexico like most people believe (even though some of its main ingredients did). Some will argue that immigrants from the Canary Islands who settled in Texas in the 1700s brought along their chili recipes. Then, there is a fable that suggests a nun was inspired to create chili con carne (beans and meat) after the idea came to her in a trance —quite the stroke of luck! Others believe that things got cookin’ in the late 1800s with the creation of chili powder.

Regardless of how chili made its way to America, you just have to be grateful that it did. After all, what’s better than a few scoops for your Saturday lunch? Recipes often call for kidney beans because they amp up the flavors of the spices and take the heat well (and you know things are going to get hot). However, there is the opportunity to get creative and add other beans to the mix, depending on what you’re preparing. Cannellini beans can do the trick as well.

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No matter the type of bean, one thing’s for certain: There’s a recipe for everyone. Hungry carnivores and veggie-only eaters will find a chili dish to their liking. Since that’s the case, now is the time to satisfy those winter food cravings. You can heat up the kitchen this season with these myriad of options (or all if you’re feeling adventurous).

For People Who Avoid Red Meat

Turkey Chili

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Want to spice up your weekday dinner? Look no further. Thanks to the sautéed ground turkey with hints of chili powder, cayenne, ground cumin, and even cinnamon, your taste buds are in for one hot ride. In about an hour, you’ll be ready to dunk tortilla chips into this tasty dish with cannellini beans—just make sure you don’t forget the sour cream. Get our Turkey Chili recipe.

For People Who Avoid All Meat

Basic Vegetarian Chili

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Looking for a quick and hearty meal? This dish—complete with kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, ground cumin, black peppers, among other ingredients—provides a satisfying veggie option for those who pass on meat. But thanks to the delicious flavor, you won’t miss the meat too much (if at all). Get our Basic Vegetarian Chili recipe.

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For Those Who Believe Bacon Belongs in Everything

Bacon and Black Bean Chili

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Anytime bacon is added to the mix, you’re in for a treat. This smoky and fun dish is perfect for a get-together, so save a helping for yourself because it’ll surely go quickly. Crushed tortilla chips are not required, but highly encouraged. Get our Bacon and Black Bean Chili recipe.

For the Health-Conscious

Bison and Bean Chili

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It’s not everyday you enjoy a helping of bison, a leaner alternative to beef, so grab some kidney beans, bell peppers, diced tomatoes, and sprinkle chili powder to really wow your dinner guests. Get our Bison and Bean Chili recipe.

For the Heat Seekers

Texas-Style Chili with Brisket


For a girl who cannot resist a pitstop at Katz’s Deli on E. Houston Street, learning about a chili option with brisket sounds like magic in a bowl. With a helping of ancho chile and Tabasco, this dish really packs a punch. Where can I sign up? Get the Texas Brisket Chili recipe.

For Those Who Demand (Near) Instant Gratification

Instant Pot Chili


This Instant Pot chili comes together quickly, but tastes like it was simmered all day long—thanks to both the magic of the pressure cooker itself and several umami-boosting ingredients like cocoa powder, fish sauce, and soy sauce. Get the Instant Pot Chili recipe.

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For Those Who Like a Lazy Sunday

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chili

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What’s better than a bowl of chili that requires minimal effort but fully delivers in taste? With this slow cooker method, the smoky flavor will make it seem as though you spent hours in the kitchen when in fact your Crock-Pot did the heavy lifting. Plus, you get to switch up the typical kidney beans and opt for cannellini beans. Get our Slow Cooker Chipotle Chili recipe.

For Chili Traditionalists

Chili Con Carne

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This recipe is a classic, and although there are plenty of renditions of the fan-favorite, one that provides a bit of spice is the way to go. Get our Chili Con Carne recipe.

For the Indecisive

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili


Have a craving for chili but also Mexican? This inventive mash-up will solve your problem. Though chili didn’t originate in Mexico, there’s nothing wrong with paying homage to delectable Mexican flavors. The creator behind Chelsea’s Messy Apron opts for a crockpot recipe that calls for black beans and chili beans. Once all is said and done, don’t be afraid to add hints of lime, avocado, or cilantro. Get the Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili recipe.

For Mac & Cheese Lovers

Chili Mac and Cheese


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When Chili meets Mac and Cheese, VERY good things happen… (especially when it happens in ONE POT 🙌🏻) . Terrific quick one for your meal plan this week! Just be careful taste testing out of the pot – I scorch my mouth every single time (patience is a virtue I do not possess…..) – N x ❤️ . One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese | Serves 5 – 6 . INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 garlic cloves minced, 1 onion, finely chopped 1 red capsicum/bell peppers chopped 500g / 1 lb ground beef (mince), I use lean 800g/28oz crushed canned tomato, 420g/14oz red kidney beans, drained 2 1/2 cups beef broth (chicken broth also ok) 250g elbow macaroni pasta (elbow pasta), uncooked 1 ½ – 2 cups / 150 – 200g shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, tasty cheese) Coriander / cilantro finely chopped, for garnish Spices (Homemade Chili Powder): 1 tsp EACH cayenne pepper, dried oregano 2 tsp EACH paprika, cumin powder 1 1/2 tsp onion powder (can sub garlic powder) ½ tsp black pepper + ¾ tsp salt . DIRECTIONS 1 . Heat oil in large pot over high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 1 minute. Then add capsicum and cook until onion is translucent. 2. Add beef and cook, breaking it up as you go. 3. Once the beef turns from red to brown, add remaining ingredients except cheese. Stir, bring to simmer, then turn the heat down to medium. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the macaroni is al dente, meaning just cooked, still a bit on the firm side. 4. Turn the stove OFF but leave the pot on the stove. Stir through half the cheese – it should be a bit saucy. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Top with remaining cheese, put the lid back on and leave until the cheese melts – about 2 minutes. 5. Sprinkle with coriander, if desired, and serve immediately. . . . #recipetineats #quickdinners #onepotrecipes #chilimac #chili #goundbeef #beefmincerecipes

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Chili Mac…or heaven on earth? If there’s anything better than mac ‘n’ cheese, it’s mac ‘n’ cheese with chili. Nagi, the brains behind RecipeTin Eats, certainly knows the way to our heart. Get the Chili Mac and Cheese recipe.

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For Paleo Dieters

Crock Pot Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili


Blogger Lindsay Cotter offers a gluten-free paleo addition to the plethora of chili recipes that offers just the right amount of spice. Get the Crock Pot Paleo Chili recipe.

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For Fans of the Other White Meat

Colorado Green Pork Chili


Michelle, the food blogger behind A Dish of Daily Life, will satisfy all those looking to spice up the way they serve pork. Comfort food at its finest. Get the Colorado Green Pork Chili recipe.

For the Football Faithful

Game Day Beer Chili


Nothing says “football” like this option from the blogger behind How Sweet Eats, which she says she prepared from the cookbook “The Seasoned Life.” This is a definite touchdown. Get the Game Day Beer Chili recipe.

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Danielle is a trending news writer at Elite Daily and a freelance contributor for Chowhound and Domino. When she's not working, she's probably reading a book or eating a bowl of gnocchi at Frankie's. Find her @dvwrites on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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