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We’ve found the 20 best chili recipes for that leisurely dinner you’ve been craving

If there’s one meal we’ve been craving for most recently, it’s warm and hearty soup recipes. We could honestly have soup every night of the week – okay, maybe every other night – it’s that good. Of course we were on a mission to find the best chilli recipes. It’s like soup and meal rolled into one. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also packed full of veggies, egg whites, and spices to get your body pumping from the inside out and keep you cozy until spring.

It also helps you meet your health goals without sacrificing comfort or taste. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite chilli recipes that you will love to simmer in your kitchen. One tip I learned from Camille is to store in the freezer especially for those days when you don’t have time to cook dinner. Thank you later!

Do you have a favorite chili recipe that you want to share? Let us know in the comments!

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Vegetarian sweet potato + chili with black beans, camille styles

Only the photo of this chilli made my mouth water … While I thought that no chilli was complete without meat, this recipe officially changed my mind. Full of all my favorite vegetables, I like to make a large amount of them for dinner at the beginning of the week and eat the leftovers for lunch while supplies last. After all, no chilli is complete without toppings, and this recipe has the best list of toppings I’ve ever seen. I never thought I would put goat cheese on top of chili, but now I will never go without it.

2 of 20Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili // Super easy and healthy meal during the week.  Everything goes into the slow cooker at the same time and it is ready to use hours later!

Slow-Cooker Chicken + White Bean Chili, Camille Styles

There’s really nothing like adding ingredients to a slow cooker in the morning, spending the day, and then coming home to incredible smells that fill the whole house. This chicken and white bean chili is my favorite slow cooker recipe – all you have to do is chop an onion, open a few cans and voilà, dinner is served 8 hours later (and fewer dishes to clean!) . This recipe is the ultimate hack to make a delicious meal that will impress anyone who tastes it with minimal effort.

3 of 20Turkey sweet potato chilli

Turkey + Sweet Potato Chili, Goop

This goop recipe is detox friendly, but delicious nonetheless! It’s stacked with spices and condiments, which makes you forget it skips on peppers and tomatoes. Personally, I’m not a fan of kidney beans and I think having both black and pinto beans is enough. So feel free to make it your own.

Crockpot Veggie Chili, Goop

Another super easy crockpot recipe, this vegetarian chili is perfect for large families and leftover food: it serves 12! It’s so easy to make and the sweet potato adds amazing flavor as well as warmth. If you’re like me and are trying to get vegetarian at least one night a week, this is a perfect addition to your meal plan.

5 of 20smoky pumpkin chili

Smoky squash chilli with quinoa, pinto and black beans, The First Mess

This high protein chilli is one of the most surprising recipes I’ve ever tried. I never expected to see quinoa and cocoa powder on a chili ingredient list, but I can assure you that with the first bite, all my fears subsided. The quinoa makes it heartier, the cocoa gives depth and the addition of adobo sauce is downright ingenious.

6 of 20spicy white bean chilli with chicken schnitzel

Spicy white bean chilli with shredded chicken, forked bacon

I love a good white chilli because it’s so filling without being super heavy. I also love the charred corn and radishes because they add even more nutrients to this already healthy dish. This recipe also has links to great bread to dip in the broth at the end, which is arguably my favorite part.

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White beans and pumpkin pork chili, foodie crush

Pumpkin and kale are some of the hippest ingredients in the food world. So why not add chilli? This chilli recipe is perfect for fall pumpkin leftovers and ready in just an hour. It contains pork, white beans, chili peppers, and more. You can also replace the pumpkin with butternut squash when the pumpkin is out of season!

8 of 20healthy slow cooker turkey and chilli with white beans

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey and Chili with White Beans, Half-Baked Crop

This healthy turkey chilli can be prepared either in an instant pot or in a slow cooker depending on the time required, and contains another surprising ingredient: apple butter. Don’t knock until you try, as it perfectly balances the spiciness with just the right amount of sweetness.

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tamale Chili, Half-Baked Crop

Chilli and tamales? Now you speak my language. Not only does the name of this recipe combine two of my favorite things, but the taste is better than both combined. Serve with guacamole and tortillas and your next Mexican-inspired dinner will be a hit.

10 of 20light beef chili

Easy beef chili, Natasha’s cuisine

This recipe is one of the easiest chilli recipes I’ve come across (and not just because the title says “easy”). It’s ready in less than 30 minutes and fully customizable. You can add any diced vegetables you have in your fridge and top with anything that makes your heart sing.

11 of 20creamy vegetarian white chili

Creamy vegetarian white chilli, vegetarian ventures

Vegetarian chili is always a good vegetarian main course, and this one makes it easy and healthy. Not that we’re counting calories, but each serving contains only 235 calories. It can also be easily adapted to vegans: just swap the whole milk for non-flavored milk-free milk.

12 of 20Pulled pork chili

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Chili, gourmet for slow cookers

Slow cookers are masters at both pulled pork and chili, so this recipe really shows its strengths. I love that this recipe is a classic chili with a little twist that adds flavor but doesn’t detract from its original flavor. It also requires beer instead of chicken broth, which my mom always added to our family’s chili when she was growing up.

13 of 20Aurora James Vegan Chili

Aurora James’ Vegan Chili, The New York Times

Aurora James’ vegan version of chili is true proof of her lesson that you don’t have to cut as many foods out of your diet as you have to add others. This recipe is a lighter, healthier version of a chilli her mom used to make, and it’s full of protein-rich beans and vegetables. She, too, recommends saving the leftovers and notices that they taste even better on the second day.

14 of 20Bobby Flay Chili (The Food Network)

I don’t think anyone could “beat Bobby Flay” when competing against this chilli recipe. The spices and chilli itself are unreal, but the real heroes here are the toasted cumin crema and avocado relish toppings. Insane. Try it now.

15 of 20Epicurious Vegan Chili

This chili is famous in Vermont and will be famous in your home too. I like using pinto beans for the kidney beans because like I said, I’m not a fan, but other than that, this recipe * Chef’s Kiss * is delicious.

16 of 2030 min No Bean Chili

Beans or not beans … an endless debate about whether or not beans belong to chili. If you’re on the No Bean team, this quick chilli recipe is for you. It also has a lot of garlic for you garlic lovers out there.

17 of 201 pot of red lentil chilli

Stew recipes are so appealing on busy weekdays and this recipe makes a perfect leisurely dinner with minimal cleaning. The addition of lentils makes this chili extra thick and full of fiber, protein, magnesium, etc. Bonus points: It is ready in less than an hour.

18 of 20Ambitious cuisine chilli

I’ve always been more of a chicken / turkey girl over beef, and this turkey chili is definitely one of the best. I’m about this 99% extra-lean ground turkey, and I love that this recipe highlights it in particular. While I skip some of the ingredients, the overall taste is so good that I never miss it.

19 of 20Defined dish Whole30 Paleo Chili

For those of you challenging your Whole30 or Paleo diet with chilli cravings, The Defined Dish’s Whole30 and Paleo Approved Chilli is for you. The cook herself says it best: “lots of vegetables, lots of meat, lots of seasoning. “So good and so healthy that you won’t even notice how clean you’re eating.

20 of 20Taste of Home White Chicken Chili

Another delicious but lighter option for chili. This recipe also has a particular trick that I’ve found to really improve the texture of my chilli: it instructs you to mash a can of beans before adding them to the pot and keeping the other two whole!

This post was originally published on January 8, 2019 and has been updated since then.


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