The Best Chili Recipes: Beef Chili, Turkey Chili, Cincinnati Chili and Our Other Favorites

  • Vegetarian Chili
  • Cincinnati Five-Way Chili
  • White Bean and Turkey Chili
  • Spicy Chicken Chili
  • Smoky Slow Cooker Chili
  • Hot Dog Chili
  • Real Texas Chili
  • Black Bean Chili
  • Chicken Green Chili with White Beans
  • With cheese, beans, and a side of cornbread

    All American Chili

    Considering that chili recipes differ drastically depending on your zipcode, we encourage you to branch out and see why “the other side” thinks their chili is the best. With a little taste-testing and research, you can find the ingredients and techniques you prefer. Then, combining and refining multiple chili recipes or riffing on a variation of just one, you can enjoy the best chili there is – the one you customize in your own kitchen.
    Make at home: All American Chili.
    Not at home? Slip into Charlie’s Diner in Huntington, WV.

  • You'll never miss the meat!

    Vegetarian Chili

    You don’t have to eat meat to enjoy a good bowl of chili. Say what? That’s right, vegetarians rejoice! This easy, meatless chili is sure to satisfy even your most carnivorous guests. What most people want in a chili is something hot, zesty and filling, and even vegetables can provide a substantial, appealing mouthfeel in the absence of meat. Just try it!
    Make at home: Quick Vegetarian Chili with avocado salsa.
    Not at home? Indulge in the chili at Lupis’s Café in Charlotte, NC.

  • No other city comes close!

    Cincinnati Five-Way Chili

    Known for including in their chili what folks in other parts of the country might consider "weird," Cincinnatians love to serve the meaty base concoction over spaghetti and cover it with an array of toppings, depending on how many ‘ways’ (up to 5) you want it. How about onions? Red beans? All that's fine. But one thing you better understand early on: Cheese is big!
    Skyline Chili in Cincinnati, OH is one place any true chili lover cannot pass up. The chili is so popular, in fact, that they ship it all over the country.
    Make at home: Cincinnati Five-Way Chili.
    Not at home? Yeah, you already know where to go.

  • White beans: a different look but just as delicious.

    White Bean and Turkey Chili

    Beans are a fundamental part of most chili recipes (except Texas-style), and depending on which type of bean you prefer, there's a chili recipe that calls for your favorite. Black beans and red (or kidney) beans are traditional in beef-based chili, but white beans impart an upscale look to this rich, flavorful version that also saves calories by switching out red meat for poultry.
    Make at home: White Bean and Turkey Chili.
    Not at home? Head to Souper Jenny’s in Atlanta, GA, to try Dad's famous turkey chili, a restaurant mainstay.

  • It wouldn't be chili without some kick!

    Spicy Chicken Chili

    How hot is too hot when it comes to chili? That depends on your taste buds and your tolerance for spicy foods. In time-honored chili tradition, the more heat the better. If you want tongue-tingling pep, add in raw chili peppers, red pepper flakes, or hot pepper sauce to punch up the zest. To tame the pungency, opt for smoked, dried peppers, like chipotles, or be judicious with the spice. And if you overdo it, adding a dollop of sour cream to your bowl easily cuts the heat.
    Make at home: Spicy Chicken Chili. 
    Not at home? Stop at R.S. Jones for a quick bowl of goodness in Long Island, NY.

  • A dash of spice gives just the right flavor.

    Smoky Slow Cooker Chili

    The great thing about chili is that you can’t overcook it. In fact, the longer you let it simmer over low heat, the better. With slow cooking, the ingredients meld together and the chili has a richer, deeper flavor. Using a crock pot also means that you don't have to keep a vigilant eye on the stove. Just plug in the slow cooker, adjust the settings, and come back when it's done!
    Make at home: Smoky Slow Cooker Chili. 
    Not at home? Warm up with a bowl of delicious, just-made chili at Chili John’s in Green Bay, WI. With chili in the name, it has to be good!

  • Chili and chips make the meal.

    Hot Dog Chili

    Not all chili is served in a bowl or comes with beans! The chili dog, one of America’s favorite ballpark meals, makes good use of a more uniform, less chunky chili recipe. Not only does it enliven the basic hot dog, but the savory meat sauce also helps other toppings hang on, whether you add onions, sauerkraut, relish, or even plain ketchup and mustard. And with such a simple recipe, there's no reason to open a can!
    Make at home: Hot Dog Chili.
    Not at home? Try the "famous" chili dog at Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, DC.

  • Chili con carne, or "peppers with meat"

    Real Texas Chili

    Unlike chili familiar to people in other regions, Texas chili does not include beans or – depending on the cook – tomatoes. The single most important ingredient in Texas chili is the beef, a legacy of the state's cattle-raising industry. Of course the meat doesn't completely stand alone – it's accompanied by a variety of earthy spices and a healthy dose of chili peppers.
    Make at home: Real Texas Chili.
    Not at home? Sample one version of Texas chili at the Texas Chili Parlor in Austin, TX.

  • Canned black beans let this recipe come together quickly.

    Black Bean Chili

    Black beans are full of protein, packed with nutrients, and make a great base for a bowl of chili. They're also a pantry staple and are ideal when you want a quick dinner. This meal, including prep and cooking times, can be on the table in 30 minutes. Don’t forget to garnish with your favorite toppings, like sour cream, shredded cheese, jalapeños, pico de gallo, or cilantro. 
    Make at home: Black Bean Chili
    Not at home? Try Sneakers Sports Bar & Grill in Duluth, MN.

  • Not all chili has to be red!

    Chicken Green Chili with White Beans

    There's a lot to be said for the standard chili, but sometimes, you want a departure from the norm. This green chili recipe forgoes tomatoes and beef and creates a brothier, milder variation tinged with lime and cumin. While it's not a stick-to-your-ribs recipe, it's a great update on the original idea and a fun alternative for your chili repertoire. 
    Make at home: Chicken Green Chili with White Beans.
    Not at home? El Taco Mexico in Denver, CO, is known for their green chili.


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