Chilly? Let’s Make Chili! 7 Delicious Recipes for Cold Days Ahead

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Our favorite easy, delicious chili recipes, perfect for feeding a crowd or a make-ahead weeknight meal!

Chili is versatile in so many ways. Chili can be made with beef, chicken, turkey, pork or just lots of veggies. You can make it with or without beans. It’s great for feeding a crowd, making it a perfect choice for casual parties, tailgating and family get togethers. I love that chili can be made ahead and that it freezes beautifully. You can dress chili up with sauces and sides and it’s a meal that seems to please young and old alike. Chili is also a perfect option to take to someone who needs a meal. Want to organize and easy potluck? Make a big pot of chili and let the others bring toppings and desserts. See what I mean? Super versatile!


We’ve rounded up our most delicious chili recipes today, from chicken to beef, traditional to not so traditional. There are a few sauces at the end that are a delicious way to spice things up too. And we included a delicious salad that pairs well with all these recipes AND two perfect chili-pairing desserts, our Mexican Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies and a fabulous Mexican Churro Cake. So hunker, invite family and/or friends and make a big pot of chili to share. Enjoy!


Vertical overhead photo of a pot of Black Bean Turkey Chili on a wood table surrounded by garnishes and Mexican cilantro sauce.

This hearty, healthy Black Bean Turkey Chili is loaded with veggies, black beans, lean ground turkey and lots of delicious South-of-the-Border flavor!


Overhead vertical photo of Chicken Black Bean Chili in a turquoise dutch oven with small bowls of toppings and garnishes.

This healthy, delicious Chicken Black Bean Chili, made with rotisserie chicken and lots of fresh veggies, is a perfect way to warm up a chilly day.


Vertical overhead photo of a pot of Braised Pork Shoulder Pozole on a wood table surrounded by fresh garnishes and corn tortillas.

Not semantically a chili, but pretty close! With a rich, brothy chili-tomato stew loaded with tender pork shoulder, hominy corn, and roasted red peppers, this Braised Pork Shoulder Pozole, served with an assortment of garnishes, is always a huge hit!


Overhead vertical photo of Slow Roasted Short Rib Chili in a white serving bowl surrounded by fresh garnishes.

Let the oven do the magic instead of messing up your stovetop! This delicious Slow Roasted Short Rib Chili (can also be made with chuck roast) is loaded with chunks of super tender beef and lots of healthy beans and veggies!


Overhead vertical photo of Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili in a white serving bowl with tortilla chips on a blue patterned napkin.

Drawing on the flavor of classic Buffalo chicken wings, this Buffalo Chicken Chili is super easy, and loaded with delicious flavor!



Vertical closeup photo of Beef and Bacon Chili in a cast iron pot on a slate surface.

Beef and Bacon Chili- With tender beef, bacon and super tender pinto beans, this delicious chili is perfect for guests, make-ahead easy weeknight dinners and lunches for school or work. The Avocado Crema and Chili Lime Pepita topping take it over the top!


Vertical overhead photo of Southwestern Black Bean Chicken Tortilla Soup in a blue and white serving bowl with toppings.

This Black Bean Chicken Tortilla Soup is not technically a chili, but close enough that we felt it was legal to include it here. It’s a fabulous meal option, bursting with lean chicken, healthy veggies and South-of-the-Border flavor. Even better, it comes together in under an hour and can be prepared in advance!


Vertical photo of Best Ever, Super Easy Salsa in a blue and white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips.

This fresh, vibrant easy Best Ever Super Easy Salsa is loaded with delicious South-of-the-Border flavor and comes together in less than 10 minutes.


Vertical closeup photo of a serving bowl of Mexican Cilantro Sauce on a wood cutting board surrounded by lime wedges and fresh cilantro leaves.

This Mexican Cilantro Sauce is the perfect way to add a little gourmet deliciousness to any Mexican entry! This vibrant fresh sauce is also fabulous drizzled on chili, eggs, soup and makes a great dipping sauce for wraps, sandwiches, tortilla chips…


Image of Mexican Chopped Salad in a bowl with crisp tortilla strips.

This Mexican Chopped Salad goes perfectly with chili and any South of the Border entreé! It might just be the freshest, healthiest, most delicious salad you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting! Everyone loves it!


Vertical photo of Mexican Cinnamon Sugar Shortbread Cookies in stacks with glasses of milk in the background.

Crisp, buttery and super delish, this Mexican Cinnamon Sugar Shortbread is fabulous for snacking or dessert. It also pairs wonderfully with ice cream or flan and comes together with just one bowl and no mixer!


This Ridiculously Easy Mexican Churro Cake is super easy, actually ridiculously easy. It’s also a delicious, tender-crumbed cake with swirls of cinnamon and a crisp cinnamon sugar-coated topping.

Hope you enjoy these delicious chili recipes. If you try any of them, let us know how you like them!

Thought for the day:

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:1-2

What we’re listening to for inspiration:

Psalm 90


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