It’s chili time, folks, and we’re going all out! Dive into our handpicked stash of 15 chili recipes that are anything but ordinary. We’re serving up a feast of flavors that’ll knock your socks off and add some zing to any meal. Whether you’re cooking for a bunch or just jazzing up your dinner routine, get ready to be wowed by these award-winning recipes.

A bowl of chili with tortilla chips and guacamole.
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Brisket Chili

Brisket chili in a bowl topede with green onions and avocado.
Brisket Chili. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Brisket chili is a must-try dish that transforms leftover beef brisket into a cozy meal. Packed with beans, peppers, and corn, its thick tomato base makes it a comforting choice for chilly evenings.
Get the Recipe: Brisket Chili

Kabocha Squash Chili

A bowl of kabocha squash chili in a bowl on a blue plate.
Kabocha Squash Chili. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Kabocha squash chili, slow-cooked for deep flavors, is a vegetarian delight. It features the unique, nutty sweetness of Japanese kabocha squash, paired with a mix of seasonal vegetables, ideal for colder months.
Get the Recipe: Kabocha Squash Chili

Chocolate Lamb Chili

A bowl of lamb chili  garnished with cilantro, jalapeños and green onions with a gold spoon.
Chocolate Lamb Chili. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Chocolate lamb chili stands out with its unique blend of chopped lamb, beans, and smoky spices. Its flavor profile, reminiscent of Mexican mole sauce, sets this dish apart as a truly one-of-a-kind chili.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Lamb Chili

Turkey Chili Pie

Turkey chili pie in a skillet and serving bowls.
Turkey Chili Pie. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Turkey chili pie ingeniously combines lean turkey chili with a cornbread topping. Baked together in a skillet, this dish is both nutritious and satisfying, making it a perfect family meal.
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Chicken Apple Cheddar Chili

A bowl of chili with apples, beans and sour cream.
Chicken Apple Cheddar Chili. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Chicken apple cheddar chili is a creative twist on traditional chili. With white beans, ample cheddar, and a creamy base, this dish is ideal for those seeking something different yet comforting for fall.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Apple Cheddar Chili

Spicy Hummus Turkey Chili

A skillet full of meat and beans in a pan with a wooden spoon.
Spicy Hummus Turkey Chili. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

For a one-pot winter wonder, try spicy hummus turkey chili. Its creamy texture and comforting warmth make it a go-to choice for chilly days.
Get the Recipe: Spicy Hummus Turkey Chili

Short Rib Chili

A bowl of chili with noodles and sour cream.
Short Rib Chili. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This spicy porter short rib chili offers a mouthwatering blend of flavors, perfect for cold weather comfort. It’s not only delicious fresh but also excellent as a leftover or frozen meal for later enjoyment.
Get the Recipe: Short Rib Chili

Chili with Bacon

Chili with Bacon. Photo credit: Feels Like Home.

This homemade chili, featuring bacon and a perfect spice blend, is a crowd-pleaser. Topped with cheese, sour cream, avocado, and extra bacon, it’s a classic dish that never fails to satisfy.
Get the Recipe: Chili with Bacon

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This chicken chili recipe offers a delicious twist on traditional red beef chili. Slow-cooked for maximum flavor, it’s a perfect meal for any day of the week.
Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Quinoa Sweet Potato Chili

Quinoa Sweet Potato Chili. Photo credit: My Pure Plants.

Quinoa sweet potato chili is a flavorful and filling meatless option. Ready in under 30 minutes, it’s an ideal choice for a quick, satisfying lunch or dinner, even on the busiest of days.
Get the Recipe: Quinoa Sweet Potato Chili

Vegetarian Bean Chili

Vegetarian Bean Chili. Photo credit: Delish Knowledge.

This 3 bean chili recipe is a vegetarian feast that doesn’t skimp on heartiness or flavor. It’s so satisfying, you won’t miss the meat at all.
Get the Recipe: Vegetarian Bean Chili

Tempeh Chili

Tempeh Chili. Photo credit: Delish Knowledge.

Tempeh chili is the ultimate meatless comfort food. Packed with fiber and protein, it’s a rich, hearty choice for anyone seeking a vegan and gluten-free option.
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Wagyu Beef Chili

Wagyu Beef Chili. Photo credit: Gimme From Scratch.

Wagyu beef chili, combining American wagyu beef and ground pork, is a luxurious take on the classic. Its homemade chili powder and blend of seasonings make it an irresistible choice for a cozy night or to impress guests.
Get the Recipe: Wagyu Beef Chili

White Chili with Ground Chicken

White Chili with Ground Chicken. Photo credit: Lavender & Macarons.

White chicken chili, made with ground chicken and sour cream, is a delightful dish ready in just 40 minutes. This easy, hearty soup is perfect for busy weeknight dinners, offering satisfaction for hours.
Get the Recipe: White Chili with Ground Chicken

One Pot Game Day Chili

One Pot Game Day Chili. Photo credit: Pass Me Some Tasty.

This easy one-pot chili is ideal for fall, winter, and game days. Perfect for tailgating or enjoying at home, it can be made vegan or with meat, and is even better when prepared a day ahead.
Get the Recipe: One Pot Game Day Chili

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