8 Hearty Chilis to Fill You Up

8 Hearty Chilis to Fill You Up

Ddce2b969bdcca98043f1b67f60885ac9b6c8eda?auto=compress&w=240&h=240&fit=crop
Dana Velden
Jan 13, 2017
(Image credit: Kelli Foster)

It's January, it's most likely very cold outside, and there might be one of those very important sports-like thingies happening later this month. What does all of that add up to? Chili, of course! Whether you like it con carne or not, we have eight popular recipes for you to warm up (and fill up) with this classic winter stew.

(Image credit: Brie Passano)

1. White Rotisserie Chicken Chili

Chili is often a weekend affair, but we've found a way to get this chicken chili on your table in 30 minutes. It's all about a few shortcuts, like the classic store-bought rotisserie chicken.

(Image credit: Maria Midoes)

2. Chili and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast

A pocketful of chili and some shredded cheddar cheese transform the usually bland chicken breast into something hearty and full of flavor. And yes, you can use canned chili here. No judgement.

(Image credit: Katie Foster)

3. Chili and Cheese Stuffed Baked Potato

A baked potato is an excellent neutral base for your favorite chili recipe. Just be sure to add traditional toppings such as cheddar cheese, scallions and, of course, sour cream.

(Image credit: Kelli Foster)

4. Chili with Pasta and Cheddar

Here we have a classic chili born of a favorite childhood memory. A tasty amalgamation of spices, ground beef, and velvety vegetables sits atop a bed of buttery noodles. Oh, and to top it off? An ample grating of premium Wisconsin cheddar.

(Image credit: Faith Durand)

5. Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili

Chili is often described as meaty, but not so in this case. Instead we have cubed pumpkin, which gives it a nice, chunky texture and keeps your vegetarian friends happy.

(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

6. Easy Turkey Chili with Kale

Chewy bits of turkey in a spicy broth, along with sweet corn, soft black beans, and silky tomatoes. If you're skeptical of the kale — which is understandable, given how unusual it is here — give it a try anyway. You may be surprised; the ribbons add a hearty texture that this quick-cooking chili would otherwise lack.

(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

7. How To Make Very Good Chili Any Way You Like It

People have their ideas about what exactly goes into a chili, so Emma came up with this template recipe that lets you customize according to your preferences. Whether you like your chili with ground meat or chuck roast, pinto beans or no beans at all, the basic method for making it is the same.

(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

8. Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili

This chili is a hearty chicken stew with big white beans, Southwest spices like cumin and coriander, and a few cans of fire-roasted green chilis. It achieves a nice balance of creaminess from the beans, warmth from the spices, and tangy brightness from the green peppers.

Created with Sketch.