Our 9 Best Chili Recipes for a Cold Winter’s Day

Cyd Converse

Growing up I decidedly did not understand the hype surrounding chili. I'm pretty sure I truly believed it tasted like dirt. Spicy dirt, specficially. 

Luckily since then I have grown in more ways than one and now genuinely love trying new chili recipes of just about every variety. 

With most of the country currently shrouded in a deep blanket of cold, snow and ice, is there any food more perfect for the season than chili?

Here I am sharing 9 of our best chili recipes perfect for a cold winter's day. Spice them up or spice them down, but make sure to give them a try.

1. Easy Three Bean Chocolate Chili Recipe

This easy three bean chocolate chili recipe is, by definition, one of the best chili recipes we've ever shared. Simple to make, quick to prepare and rich in flavor, the addition of coffee and chocolate extracts makes it truly unique and truly delicious. With the extracts and a pinch of cinnamon added to standard chili spices, this Chocolate Chili really is an explosion of delicious flavor!

2. Instant Pot Cajun Chili Recipe

I love any recipe that you can make in the Instant Pot in a fraction of the traditional cook time and our Instant Pot cajun chili recipe is no exception to the rule! This chili is comforting, spicy, and so easy. Just add cornbread to make it a meal. This cajun chili is exactly what it sounds like, loaded with spicy notes of paprika and cayenne pepper, and packed with andouille sausage, ground chicken and tender shrimp.

3. Slow Cooker Creamy White Chicken Chili Recipe

If I am abundantly honest, any chili recipe that involves a slow cooker is my absolute favorite making this slow cooker creamy white chicken chili recipe a total winner. The combination of chicken, green chiles and beans along with the addition of cream cheese and heavy cream results in an incredible with just the right amount of spice. Plus being made in the slow cooker it’s the easiest recipe ever!

4. Quick Texas Chili Recipe

An easy weeknight version of Texas chili, our fan favorite quick Texas chili recipe is hearty, comforting and a definite crowd pleaser. If you've never had it before, Texas chili does not have any beans or tomatoes, instead it is only beef and a homemade chili paste. This chili is thick and hearty with big chunks of beef in lieu of ground beef and a spice profile that really comes through.

5. Three Bean Vegetarian Chili Recipe

Our three bean vegetarian chili is bursting with flavor! It's easily one of our very best chili recipes. Borrowing from Indian cuisine, this vibrant and flavorful chili uses whole cumin and cinnamon in a tadka, and the rest of the ingredients follow. You will immediately smell how fragrant the spices are once they hit the oil and really start to sizzle.

6. White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

I have yet to find a human who doesn't love a good white bean chicken chili recipe and this one certainly checks the boxes! This chili is made with green chiles and results in one of our favorite quick and easy dinners. It is savory with just enough roasted green chile to give it a little kick - and it just so happens to be gluten free, too!

7. Chili Con Carne Recipe

Our chili con carne recipe is a delicious way to get dinner on the table in a hurry! This spicy, savory take on chili is a huge crowd favorite. It’s a super simple recipe and has such a full, delicious flavor. All you have to do is chop all the veggies, cook the meat, and then let it all stew together in a slow cooker. It couldn't be easier!

8. Wendy's Chili Recipe

If you're one of those OG fans of the chili at Wendy's, bookmark this copycat Wendy's chili recipe to make again and again! It tastes just like the fast food version and you can make it at home whenever you get a craving. This chili is bursting with flavor and although it is extremely similar to the Wendy’s chili, we've heard that it actually tastes better!

9. Low Carb Chili Recipe

Our low carb chili recipe is the absolute best - savory, spicy, and so so good. It's the perfect way to warm up a cold day! This bean-free chili recipe is a tried and true favorite and a beloved fall and winter dinner staples. It freezes easily and warms you up in a hurry. Make a huge pot so there are leftovers to freeze!

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