It’s winter (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least). You’re cold. You’re hungry. But you’re not just hungry; you’re hungry for comfort food, something hearty and rich to get you through the short days and long nights. You can blame biology for that! According to Everyday Health, the dark, cold days of winter cause our bodies to crave more food in general, and more nutrient-packed foods in particular. Lucky for us, chili recipes are a thing that exists. It checks all the boxes for a filling, comforting, and — dare we say — perfect winter meal.
Chili Recipes to the Rescue
Before you dig in, though, there’s something we need to discuss: what is chili exactly? The answer probably depends on who you ask, and the strength of their conviction may surprise you. Chili is both universal and controversial, with the biggest debate revolving around beans: do they or don’t they belong?
Even National Geographic has explored the question, without a clear answer to report. As far as we’re concerned, it doesn’t matter. Whatever side of this debate you fall on, there’s a chili recipe out there for you.
Chili has been the state dish of Texas since 1977, and some claim it was invented there (though no one is really sure). Texas-style chili is simple: no beans, no tomatoes, no vegetables. Just meat, a thick chili paste, and a few seasonings. The International Chili Society (ICS), which oversees chili cook-offs across the country, calls the style Traditional Red, provided that red chili peppers are used (Chili Verde if green). Unsurprisingly, the ICS’s roots are in Texas, likely contributing to its place of honor in the chili world.
With a list of ingredients to make a traditionalist scoff, white chicken chili is nonetheless a favorite meal for many open-minded chili enthusiasts. The dish is so-named for its ingredients and pale color; it typically omits red peppers, tomatoes, and other bold-hued elements in favor of a lighter palette, which happens to be lighter on the palate as well. In ICS terms, this would be considered a Homestyle chili, which allows for vegetables and requires beans rather than forbidding them.
The ICS introduced a veggie chili category in 2018, more than 50 years after their founding. Even with an official sanction, plant-based chilis still make many traditionalists squirm. This style typically gets its bulk from beans, though it may include meat alternatives as well. Either way, these chilis offer much of the flavor and the heartiness of the dish without the meat.
Additional Chili Recipes for the Adventurous Eater
If the above recipes seem just a little too normal for your personal dinner table, have no fear: there’s truly no end to the possibilities with chili. Here are a handful of more unique recipes to try:
We would like our readers to be aware of the potential ways that we make money through advertising, promotions, endorsements and the like. When you see something on our site, you should assume that we are making money from the content in one way or another. Why are we saying this?
Because we don’t want you to think we are unbiased when it comes to certain products or services you see on our site or that we recommend. We likely have a financial incentive when recommending or promoting any product or service you see on our site or social media pages.
We may also make money when you click or buy a product through the links on our site (at no additional cost to you). This may influence which products we write about (and where those products appear on the site). We may make money and get paid (1) on a cost-per-click basis: we get paid if you click on the link, regardless of whether or not you purchase the product; or (2) affiliate commission: if you purchase a product after clicking on links that appear on our site, we will receive a percentage of the sale.
Other than the merchandise listed for sale on our site, we currently promote the following companies and/or products to make money:
THE KEE2 KEYBOARD, aka TATTOOED WOMEN KEYBOARD (“KEE2”) by Keemoji
We do not own or control KEE2 or any data generated from its use; (2) you agree that we shall not be liable to you or any third party as a result of your use of KEE2 or Keemoji’s action or inaction related to KEE2, including, without limitation, any data generated from the use of KEE2; (3) we and Keemoji may earn affiliate commission through your use of KEE2 should you search for a product using KEE2 and then purchase that product; (4) we and Keemoji do not make product recommendations nor do we represent that any resource accessible using KEE2 is accurate or fit for a particular use or purpose; (5) Keemoji uses commerce ranking based upon edge technology which uses artificial intelligence machine learning; (6) Keemoji has financial motivation to rank or otherwise prefer certain vendors, distributors, and/or manufacturers who participate in affiliate programs that enable Keemoji to earn affiliate commission and make money; and (7) Keemoji’s financial motives may impact or otherwise alter the function of KEE2.