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Who doesn't love chili? It's become an all-American food with flavors and ingredients pulled in from all over the world. Chili is simply a thick stew, usually made with beans and tomatoes, that may include meat, onions, and other vegetables, and always has lots of spice.

One note: I like my recipes mild, so there may not be enough spice in these recipes for you. As with every recipe, season to taste! Enjoy!

Chili Recipes

  • Best Classic Chili
    This recipe is the best; it's suave, smooth, spicy, and chunky. Tender chunks of beef instead of ground beef make this chili rich and delicious. You'll love it!
  • Four Bean Chili
    This delicious recipe has the best texture and flavor, all because of the fourth bean - my secret ingredient!
  • Quick Meatloaf Chili
    This is a fabulous way to use leftover meatloaf!
  • Vegetarian Crockpot Chili
    The only work in this recipe is chopping some onions. Well, you do have to stir in a cornstarch slurry at the end, but that's it!
  • Black Bean Vegetarian Chili
    I love black beans. They are a great substitute for kidney beans in a traditional chili recipe.
  • Turkey and Rice Chili
    This chili recipe is a little different; ground turkey and rice make a nice change. Enjoy this recipe with some toasted cheese bread.
  • Crockpot Three Bean Chili
    Yes, there are only five ingredients in this gorgeous chili recipe! Use your favorite combination of canned beans for your own creation.
  • Wild Rice Chili
    Wild rice is a great addition to a simple basic chili recipe.
  • Slow Cooker Meatball Chili
    Frozen precooked meatballs are a wonderful addition to any chili recipe. Use them instead of browned ground beef to save a step.
  • Stovetop Beef Chili
    In just about 30 minutes, you'll have a hot and hearty chili on the table. What could be better?
  • Crockpot Black Bean Chili
    Apple juice adds a sweet and spicy layer of flavor to this excellent chili recipe. To make it a beef chili, just stir in some browned ground beef.
  • Crockpot Pork Chili
    Pork loin cooks to tender perfection in another five ingredient chili recipe.
  • Spicy Freezer Chili
    This recipe was developed specifically for the freezer. Make a big batch, freeze it, then thaw and reheat it on a super busy day.
  • Classic Crockpot Chili
    This is the classic recipe, using ground beef, onions, chili powder, and beans. Serve with Cheese Crackers and a fruit salad.
  • White Bean Chicken Chili
    This delicious recipe takes 20 minutes, start to finish, so you can make it on a day when you just can't face the kitchen!
  • Wild Rice Meatball Chili
    I'll put wild rice into just about anything. It's the perfect addition to chili, especially when you use wild rice meatballs!
  • Microwave Mexican Chili
    This chili is made, start to finish, in the microwave oven. It's delicious, with black beans and ground beef. Make it tonight!
  • Crockpot Chicken Chili
    Tender and juicy dark meat chicken forms the base for this easy five ingredient recipe.
  • Spicy Chili with Polenta
    Another five ingredient recipe! A spicy mixture is served over premade polenta in this easy dish.
  • Slow Cooker Wild Rice Chili
    This wild rice chili is made with ground beef, or if you prefer you could use those fabulous frozen meatless crumbles to save time.

Chili and the crockpot were made for each other. In fact, you don't even need a recipe with this method! Just pile in beans, cooked meat, onions or celery, then add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and spices, and turn it on. Come back eight hours later and eat!

All chilis can be thickened at the end of cooking. Just make a slurry: mix a couple of spoonfuls of cornstarch with some cold water until dissolved, then add it to the chili. Cook stovetop chili for another 10 minutes, crockpot chili for 30, until the chili thickens and blends.

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