When the weather starts to turn, and the sweat on our backs transforms into goosebumps, the first thing we think to grab — other than a sweater and perhaps a latte of the pumpkin spice variety — is a bowl of chili. There’s really nothing more hearty and comforting than a big steaming bowl of chili topped liberally with cheese and sour cream — especially on game day. Whether vehemently vegetarian or vegan or crazily carnivorous, these chili recipes will be always there for you — to warm your hands and your heart.
Anchos and chipotles give this yummy dish a double dose of chile flavor. One is mild and fruity (ancho) and the other is hot and smoky (chipotle). Fresh corn tortillas are pureed with the tomatoes, broth and chipotles, which thickens into a silky, luscious sauce as it cooks.
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TODAY’s Willie Geist shares his dad’s treasured family recipe for hearty chili.
This is one of the simplest and most nourishing recipes. It only takes 10 minutes to put together and it’s wonderfully filling and comforting. It’s a great dish to make if you’re feeding lots of people, too, as it’s no more complicated to make for 12 people than it is for two. Also, it requires almost no chopping, so you won’t be in the kitchen for hours!
This lightened-up version by Joy has only 330 calories per serving.
This hearty and delicious chicken and white bean chili is a cinch to prepare. Just toss all the ingredients into a slow cooker and let it simmer away!
A chopped chipotle pepper adds subtle, smoky heat that’s mellowed by the lager beer that simmers along with the rest of the ingredients. Soy sauce may seem like a surprising addition to chili, but it gives the dish a rounder, meatier flavor.
You can’t go wrong with this all-American classic.
Whether you need a game-day meal for a crowd or just want something warm and cozy on a cold day, this slow-cooker turkey chili is sure to please!
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