While chili is an especially perfect dish for those cold winter nights, in my mind, it’s always chili season. It’s a meal worthy of being enjoyed all year round in all of its many variations. I’m saving the slow, stovetop-simmered chilis for lazy weekend days and making a point to slot my favorite easy recipes into my weekly meal plan.
Chili is one of those dishes that seemingly has endless possibilities. Of course there’s the classic style with ground beef, beans, and plenty of spices, but there’s also chili verde, and hearty vegetarian chilis. I also love that you can get it done in your Instant Pot, over the stovetop, or in your slow cooker.
No matter what kind of chili recipe you’re making, there’s a couple small steps that will make your pot of chili even better. For starters, making you own chili spice mix is always a winning idea. As are flavor boost, like cocoa powder, and stirring in a small spoonful of vinegar (balsamic and ACV are our top picks) at the end of cooking to brighten the flavor.
Ready to get cooking? Here are 15 comforting chili recipes that include something for everyone.