It’s a shame that chili cook-offs take place in the summer, because most often, we crave a warm bowl of chili in the heart of winter. It’s a simple meal to pull together, and so welcome after coming in from the cold.
Chili’s got universal appeal, especially given there are so many variations — there’s got to be at least one recipe that strikes your fancy. Here are a few to consider.
For the meat lover
Sure, most chili recipes are made with the meat lover in mind, but this one, chili con carne, with chunks of beef (rather than ground meat) is for true meatarians. Which is how true Texans like their chili — in fact, they don’t believe in including beans at all. So if you want to be a purist, try leaving them out.
For the health nut
For those looking for a healthier version of this favourite winter comfort food, look no further than this pumpkin chili recipe. Not only is pumpkin in season the cold months, it’s loaded with nutrients. Plus, this recipe calls for your slow cooker — and we can imagine nothing better than coming in from a long day at work (or a chilly afternoon of tobogganing) to a house filled with the sweet scent of a ready-made meal bubbling away in your kitchen.
For the vegetarian
Bored with the same old chili recipe? This black-eyed peas chili features (you got it) black-eyed peas, which give the dish a different texture. Make it vegetarian by swapping out the chicken broth for vegetable broth. Keep in mind you’ll have that extra step of prepping the dried beans, but it’ll save you some pennies.
For the bored cook
We’ve got three words for you: chili cornbread casserole. We bet you’re already salivating at the thought of it. What a wonderfully simple combination — that makes perfect sense. Sweet, crumbly, golden cornbread layered on top of spicy, meaty chili will surely get you out of your cooking rut.
For the sports fans
For a house full of hungry sports fans, a big batch of filling game day chili is the perfect choice. So simple to throw together, it allows you to spend more time watching the game and with your guests than fussing in the kitchen.