12 Chili Recipes For A Wintertime Meal That Will Warm You From The Inside Out

We don't know where we'd be without our favorite comfort foods: mac 'n cheese, cheap ramen noodles, and maybe, just maybe the best of them all — a good hearty chili recipe. The protein-packed dish is easily adapted to all tastes. Sprinkle it with cheese if you're a dairy fiend (or if you're just as obsessed with cheese as we are). Swap the meat for beans if you're vegetarian, vegan, or observing Meatless Monday. The possibilities are endless.

Forget the soup and stew, and make some chili for a hot meal that's guaranteed to make you feel nice and toasty. These 12 recipes will keep you warm all winter long.

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Five Bean Vegetarian Chili

With a colorful array of beans, this vegetarian chili by A Beautiful Mess is anything but bland. Try it out with pinto, black, garbanzo, great northern, kidney, or any other type of bean you can imagine.

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Easy Turkey Chili

Simmered with kale, corn, and the perfect combination of spices, The Kitchn’s hearty turkey chili may not be 100 percent like the authentic Texan dish, but the traditional spicy kick is still there. This is a twist on an old favorite we can definitely support.

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6-Hour Slow Cooker Chili

Is there anything quite like a slow cooker recipe to warm things up? A Farmgirl’s Dabbles’ recipe keeps ground beef and turkey heating for hours, resulting in the most tender chili you’ve ever tasted.

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Black Bean & Chickpea Chili

For a lighter take on this homemade meal, Love and Lemons combines black beans and chickpeas with adobo sauce for a spicy, healthy dish. Top with fresh jalapeños for an extra zing.

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One-Pot Cincinnati Chicken Chili

Did you know that Ohio may be as chili-loving as the Lone Star State? Half-Baked Harvest creates a Cincinnati classic by topping spaghetti with a liberal amount of spicy, cheesy chili.

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Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili

Filled with vibrant bell peppers, Cookie and Kate’s sweet potato chili guarantees you get your serving of vegetables in the most comforting way possible.

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Slow Cooker Tijuana Chili

Tender ground beef and smoky fire-roasted tomatoes give Climbing Grier Mountain’s Tijuana chili a deep, belly-warming taste. Top with cornbread croutons and queso for a seriously indulgent meal.

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Smoky Chipotle Chocolate Chicken Chili

Chocolate chili may sound weird, but trust us on this one. Half-Baked Harvest uses dark chocolate cocoa powder to give chicken-based chili a distinctively rich flavor.

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Ground Beef and Chorizo Chili

Beef is a chili staple, but that’s not the only meat that makes this dish perfectly hearty. The Crepes of Wrath switches things up by mixing in simmered chorizo and crispy bacon for the ultimate meat-lovers meal.

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Five-Ingredient White Chicken Chili

You don’t have to fill your shopping cart to the brim just to make some chili. Damn Delicious’ simple dish uses just chicken, broth, great northern beans, cumin, and salsa verde for a 15-minute meal.

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Spicy Green Chili With Hatch Chiles

Roasted hatch chiles turn up the heat in The Crepes of Wrath’s spicy green chili recipe, while tomatillos add some vibrant color. With fresh ingredients and careful preparation, this dish tastes truly gourmet.

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Frito Pie With One-Hour Texas Chili

We can’t resist this county fair classic. Steamy Kitchen’s Frito pie combines one of our favorite salty snacks with spicy chili that tastes just like the authentic Texan dish. We give this one a blue ribbon.

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