9 Chili Recipes You Need to Try Before Winter Ends

by Claire Gillespie
Dec 7, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. ET
These chili recipes will keep you warm right through winter.
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It's undeniable: chili is the ultimate winter comfort food. Actually, it's great at any time of the year, but there's something just right about tucking into a big bowl of hot chili on a cold day. (And the day after that, because chili aficionados know this dish is even better when it's allowed to rest overnight.)  

Traditionally, chili con carne is a spicy stew containing chili peppers, meat (usually beef), tomatoes and beans and seasoned with garlic, onions and cumin. But what's great about this dish is that it can be adapted to suit all tastes and cooked in many different ways. Prefer chicken to beef? Looking for a veggie alternative? Need a quick throw-together option, or something you can leave in the slow cooker for hours? All those boxes — and then some — can be ticked with chili.

If you don't have a fabulous chili recipe ready for winter, don't worry. Here are 10 to get you started.

This post is sponsored by Red Gold Tomatoes.

1 /9: Slow-cooked beef chili

1/9 :Slow-cooked beef chili

All a simple slow-cooked beef chili needs is a generous helping of cheese — and a big spoon. 

2 /9: Chili & cornbread waffles

2/9 :Chili & cornbread waffles

Try your chili with cornbread waffles instead of rice or pasta — it works! 

3 /9: Vegetarian quinoa chili

3/9 :Vegetarian quinoa chili

You can take away the "con carne" and still have a delicious vegetarian chili. 

4 /9: Butternut squash-black bean chili

4/9 :Butternut squash-black bean chili

Butternut squash and black beans are the perfect combination for a vegan gluten-free chili

5 /9: Hearty chili with cocoa

5/9 :Hearty chili with cocoa

Try adding cocoa to your chili and you'll never look back. 

6 /9: Chicken chili

6/9 :Chicken chili

This chicken chili is tasty and super healthy. 

7 /9: Slow cooker sweet potato chili

7/9 :Slow cooker sweet potato chili

A slow cooker chili is the best welcome home at the end of the day. 

8 /9: Kitchen sink chili

8/9 :Kitchen sink chili

A versatile "kitchen sink" chili recipe is perfect for last-minute dinner guests (or a houseful of hungry kids). 

9 /9: Short rib chili

9/9 :Short rib chili

A smoky, spicy short rib chili will warm your bones on a cold day.