Vegetarian? No-red-meat eater? Bean hater? Tomato avoider? No worries! No matter your diet or preferences, you never have to miss out on chili season. We’ve got a hearty, flavor-packed recipe for every palate.
With a good chili recipe on your side, you can be the MVP at everything from a tailgating party in a parking lot to a weeknight dinner at home. Warm, comforting and so easy to make, chili as a category is infinitely adaptable — and we’ve got so many different ways you can score big when you cook it. And don’t even get us started on all the things you can do with leftover chili.
Make It Classic, but Better
Save a beer for Geoffrey Zakarian’s no-bean, all-meat Game-Day Chili. It adds another layer of complexity to this loaded blend featuring fire-roasted tomatoes, three pounds of ground meat and a whole lot of fragrant spices.
Once a month Bev Weidner, of Bev Cooks fame and the mom of adorable twin littles, stops by to share an easy, one-two approach to dinner to keep everyone happy: Start by making one classic recipe for the kids in the house, then dress up that same dish with bold flavors for the adults.
You hardly hear anyone say, “I love this time of year!” in regard to winter. Especially that dreadful stint from January to March when you feel Old Man Winter won’t ever pack his stupid bags and leave you the heck alone. And I’ll tell you, I’m in that boat. I usually loathe the wintertime. But I’m trying to be better about my grumpy bump winter ‘tude and suck it up. Because you know what? CHILI.
You can’t go wrong with a good ol’ chili, ya know? While there are 15 million versions of chili out there, I wanted to keep this one classic on the flavor front, but give it a little twist for the adults. Think spicier. Definitely spicier.
The chili starts off the same for everyone: browned seasoned beef, a dose of veggies, black beans, tomatoes and a little bit of tomato sauce (to thicken). At this point the kids’ version is ready! It’s chunky and simple. Serve it with cornbread and a mountain of shredded cheddar. I’m almost sure your littles will praise your name for the rest of ever.
Now, to up the ante for the adults, I added a bit of beer, beef stock, more chili powder, a minced jalapeno and brown sugar to round it out. It’s got a KICK, yo. And it’s a bit soupier than the kids’ version, but I prefer that in a chili. I like the beans to swim a little — practice their backstroke. Do you? That’s right, you do.
We’re kind of liking this time of year now, aren’t we?
No matter if you’re digging out from this weekend’s wintry wallop or simply looking for a cozy dish to transform your Sunday supper, chili is the answer to all of your must-get-warm-right-now needs. Not only is chili packed with hearty meat and beans, but it’s also simple to prepare: Just layer the ingredients in a pot and let it all simmer until the flavors become one savory meal. Check out Food Network’s best chili recipes, below, each an easy how-to sure to help you beat January’s blustery chill.
Pat’s Famous Beef and Pork Chili (pictured above)
Thanks to a base of apple-wood-smoked bacon and a spice blend featuring chili powders, ground cumin and smoked paprika, there’s no shortage of bold flavors in this top-rated recipe, made extra hefty by two kinds of ground meat: beef and pork.
The New Year is here, and with the arrival of January 1 likely comes a healthy-eating mindset as well. But no matter how strictly you plan to adhere to your resolutions, chances are you’re not willing to compromise on flavor — or the time it takes to prep a meal. Enter Food Network Kitchen’s fast-fix chili to save the day.
Every bit as hearty as a beefy main dish, this Weeknight Two-Bean Chili gets its heft from a duo of beans and a welcome punch of bold, smoky flavor from a combination of chili powder and Chinese five-spice powder. All it takes is a few minutes of simmering to bring the flavors of the tomato-based chili together, while a bed of brown rice and a topping of cheddar cheese when serving rounds out the meal and offers the decadent bite you crave. Since this good-for-you chili can be on the table in only 30 minutes, it’s a go-to pick on hectic nights when supper can’t come soon enough.
Feeding a crowd doesn’t need to be a prim and proper affair involving napkin rings and fancy flatware. In fact, easy entertaining is the name of the game, and Ree’s easy chili night menu doles out casual cold-weather comfort for a crowd. Complete with easy sides, a meaty queso and a skillet cookie sundae, this is the chili-night spread you should be tucking into with your crew.
When you crowd around the television during Sunday’s big game, score a touchdown with hearty chili bowls that are bound to win over hungry party guests. Dig into each simmering blend by the bowl, or use them to elevate your next plate of nachos or to bulk up a burrito. The best part? After the big game, leftover chili is even better than the first batch, and it’s ultra-freezable, so you can relive the big game down the road.
Set out a serve-yourself chili bar at your viewing party, starring Pat’s Famous Beef and Pork Chili (pictured above). Starting with a foundation of smoky bacon and aromatic spices, this two-meat, two-bean chili deserves a spritz of lime, sliced scallions, a dollop of sour cream and a heap of cheddar.
The Southeastern Conference is home to some of the best college football in the country, and with it, some of the most-fervent fans and most-passionate tailgating. Football in the South is a bit like religion. People get really worked up; I mean really worked up. And, to that end, tailgating in the South is extreme as well. At the University of Alabama, fans are allowed to start tailgate setup at 6 p.m. the Thursday before the Saturday game — and dismantled as late as noon the day after! At my alma mater, the University of Georgia, there is Bulldog Park; a luxury RV tailgating facility offers the owners access to a wide range of amenities plus game-day shuttles to the stadium! Foodwise, there’s everything from LSU, where folks have big pots of meaty gumbo bubbling on a propane cooker, to The Grove at Ole Miss, where folks are super-fancy and serve dishes of hors d’oeuvres that you might be more accustomed to seeing at a ladies’ luncheon. (The real reason the food is so ladylike is that there’s a limited amount of electricity, and open flames and propane are prohibited — something that might not be a bad idea, considering the amount of alcohol consumed while tailgating!)
Personally, I prefer less work when I get to the stadium, and I suggest slow-cooked dishes prepared ahead of time. The best dishes are those you can cook at home and then add the finishing touches to at the stadium. I think the perfect tailgate food just might be chili. It works well in the fall, because it’s hearty and warms you up in the cool weather. Read more
When the weather turns chilly, few things are more welcome than the chance to cozy up to a warm bowl of comfort food, and with football season in high gear, let your dish do double duty by making a tailgate-ready chili. From hearty beef-based bowls to recipes packed with chicken, turkey and beans, there’s no shortage of chili varieties, and when it comes to vegetable additions, nearly anything you have on hand in the refrigerator would likely be a fine addition to the pot. Check out Food Network’s top-five chili recipes below to find warming recipes from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and more Food Network chefs.
5. Simple, Perfect Chili — “It’s a total cinch to make,” The Pioneer Woman says of her big-batch chili. It’s made with a duo of beans and features a pinch of cayenne pepper for subtle heat.
4. 30-Minute Turkey Chili — Swap in turkey for classic beef when making this fuss-free recipe, and set out a toppings bar of fresh cilantro, cool sour cream and grated cheese so everyone can top their own bowls.