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Chili recipes that will warm you up from the inside


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.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili
Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili

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.

RELATED: 10 slow-cooker chili recipes to feed (and please) a crowd


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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!


Take control of dinnertime with this easy make-ahead chili recipe that’s loaded with beef, beans and veggies.

This lightened-up version by Joy has only 330 calories per serving.

Melissa Clark cooks up slow cooker coconut cinnamon oatmeal with dates and chicken and white bean chili with lemon and baby kale
Melissa Clark cooks up slow cooker coconut cinnamon oatmeal with dates and chicken and white bean chili with lemon and baby kale

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!


This hearty chicken chili verde is a one-pot wonder. Serve it in bowls or turn it into over-the-top nachos!

For a crowd-pleasing party dish, first cook up Matt Abdoo’s coffee-rubbed brisket, then add it to spicy black bean chili. Try the brisket on its own, too. The coffee-rubbed brisket is also great in sandwiches.
Slow-Cooker Beef and Beer Chili
Slow-Cooker Beef and Beer Chili

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.


Actress Katherine Heigl makes a hearty four-bean chili that’s perfect for fall and for feeding lots of people.

You can’t go wrong with this all-American classic.

Rui Correia cooks up a delicious slow cooker chili with ground turkey and chorizo
Rui Correia cooks up a delicious slow cooker chili with ground turkey and chorizo

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!

RELATED: It’s Crock-Pot time! 5 chicken chili recipes you can make in a slow cooker

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