The fall air has just gotten cool enough to warrant a scarf and wool coat, and that means one very important thing in my book: It's chili season, you guys! 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.
During the week I'll be leaning on hearty chilis that simmer all day in the slow cooker, quick-cooking Instant Pot recipes, and a couple of surprisingly simple stovetop favorites.
When you don't have time for an all day simmer, start with a combo of flavor-packed meats like spicy chorizo and boneless chicken thighs.
When you're craving classic beef chili, this is the recipe that delivers every single time. You'll need to brown the meat on the stovetop to get started, then your slow cooker does all the heavy lifting with an all-day simmer.
While this recipe reminds me of a chowder — with its rich, ultra-creamy broth and chunky textures — the warm, smoky cumin and trio of fresh, punchy toppings leave it firmly planted in chili territory.
Dump everything into the slow cooker in the morning and by the end of the day, you've got a rich, deeply flavorful vegan chili.
Simmer a pack of boneless chicken thighs right in the pot of chicken so the meat gets infused with rich, spicy aromas. It also means you'll have one less pot to wash.
Make your favorite chili even faster and easier by picking up a rotisserie chicken on your way home from work.
While the recipe calls for butternut squash, thick-cut chunks of sweet potato make a great alternative.
Instant Pot chili is what you make when the classic chili cravings are strong but time is short.
9. Vegan Chili
Red lentils and a duo of beans give this chili some serious heft — you might just forget it's meatless.
It cooks in 30 minutes, yet somehow this turkey and black bean chili tastes like it's been on the stovetop all day. Magic!