12 Comforting Chili Recipes For A Cozy Evening

Spring and summer may be on their way, but the nights are still cold and blustery. Nothing beats a cold evening like a hot bowl of chili and a side of something delicious to go with it. Try garlic bread and a side salad, or put some cornbread in a bowl and pour some chili over the top. Either way, any of these chili recipes will warm you from the inside out.

1. Dutch Oven Chili

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If you’re looking for a classic chili recipe, this one-pot Dutch Oven Chili has the familiar flavors that you know and love. Serve it as it is or use it for nachos, tacos, chili mac, or chili dogs.

2. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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If you are looking for a hearty chili for dinner that will be ready when you walk in the door, then this slow cooker white chicken chili recipe is for you. Great Northern beans, chicken, chicken broth, Rotel, and seasonings come together to make this amazing chili, all while you are going about your day. 

3. Southwestern Turkey Chili

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Love a nice steaming bowl of good chili on a cold night? Few things can beat it. It makes everyone at the dinner table happy and fills up your tummy with good food and comfort. This Southwestern turkey chili is the perfect answer to what’s for dinner tonight.

4. 4-Bean Chili

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You don’t have to have any meat in order to serve up a hearty and flavorful chili. This recipe calls for four different kinds of beans, and you can use canned or dried beans. To make this 4 bean chili, add them to vegetable stock with tomatoes and seasonings, and you will have a delicious vegetarian meal in no time. 

5. Quinoa Chili

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Looking for a chili recipe where you can pull all of the ingredients directly from your pantry and have a healthy dinner? Then this quinoa chili recipe is the one for you! Quinoa, chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, and seasonings come together for a tasty vegan chili. 

6. Pumpkin Turkey Chili

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Fall is here, so it’s the perfect time to start incorporating some of those fall favorites, like pumpkin, into your favorite meals. This pumpkin turkey chili is filled with fresh vegetables, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, ground turkey, and seasonings for a hearty, fresh-tasting meal. 

7. Cincinnati Chili

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Cincinnati chili is not your traditional bowl of chili that you serve up with cornbread and crackers. Cincinnati chili is more of a topping instead. It makes a perfect topping for homemade fries, rice or pasta, hot dogs, burgers, and nachos! 

8. Mexican Black Bean Chili

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Mexican black bean chili is perfect for a chilly fall or winter evening, and you can serve it with a variety of toppings to change up the flavors. This amazing chili is budget-friendly, making it perfect for a week when finances might be tight. The leftovers are amazing and freeze well for later, too. 

9. Sweet Potato Vegetable Chili

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If you are looking for a hearty chili or soup that will really fill you up, you might like this recipe for sweet potato vegetable chili. Sweet potatoes, pinto beans, and diced vegetables make this chili very tasty and quite filling, too. It comes together easily on the stove in just about 30 minutes.

10. Beef Chili

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This classic beef chili recipe is perfect when served on its own, or you can serve it over tortilla chips, fries, hot dogs, or hamburgers. You can use canned or fresh ingredients for this beef chili recipe. Turn dinner time into a party by setting up a chili toppings bar! 

11. Curried Turkey Chili

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Are you looking for a chili recipe that’s a little bit different? Then check out this recipe for curried turkey chili! Ground turkey, green peas, tomatoes, seasonings, and coconut milk come together for a zesty bowl of deliciousness! 

12. Instant Pot Chicken Chili 

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Everything for this Instant Pot chicken chili recipe can be found in your pantry – except for the chicken, of course. This hearty chili can be on the table in about 30 minutes, which makes it a great weeknight dinner. Let your Instant Pot do the work while you take care of other things. 

Sick Of The Same Ol’ Chicken For Dinner? Here Are 101 New Ways To Make It!

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Having chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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