Gallery: Game Day Eats: 14 Hearty Chilis

The Best Chili Ever
The Best Chili Ever

We break classic chili down into its distinct elements—the chiles, the beef, the beans, and the flavorings—perfecting each one before putting them all together in one big happy pot.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Braised Chicken with White Beans and Chile Verde
Braised Chicken with White Beans and Chile Verde

Rather than adding your meat directly into the pot of beans and chilies, we top this chili with whole braised chicken legs.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Easy Pork and Three Bean Chili
Easy Pork and Three Bean Chili

Pork shoulder is stewed with black, garbanzo, and red kidney beans until the meat is tender and the beans are packed with flavor.

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Vegetarian Bean Chili
Vegetarian Bean Chili

Texans, look away now; this chili doesn't just supplant the meat with tomatoes and beans, it omits the meat altogether. Don't worry—soy sauce, marmite, and even bourbon ensure this vegetarian chili isn't lacking in flavor.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Chile Verde
Chile Verde

Fresh Hatch chilies, necessary for a classic New Mexico chile verde, are nearly impossible to find in the Northeast. This recipe substitutes them with more readily available peppers.

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Real Texas Chili Con Carne
Real Texas Chili Con Carne

A classic Texan chili doesn't have the beans, tomatoes, or other vegetables featured in many of our chilies. This chili con carne recipe calls for little more than cubed chuck and a variety of chilies, stewed for several hours until the meat is just tender.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Carne Adovada
Carne Adovada

Carne adovada doesn't get as much attention as its cousin, chili con carne, but that doesn't make this braised pork any less delicious. A mix of dried ancho and pasillo chilies bring the heat, while raisins and orange juice give the stew a slight fruity sweetness.

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White Chili with Roast Turkey or Chicken
White Chili with Roast Turkey or Chicken

White chicken chili: this combination of tender chicken, white beans, and green chilies is a flavorful force to be reckoned with, one that's made all the more delicious when you swap out that wimpy chicken for some leftover turkey.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Vegan Black Bean and Squash Chili
Vegan Black Bean and Squash Chili

Butternut squash, bell peppers, and avocado make this quick vegan chili substantial and satisfying.

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[Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]

Dutch Oven Chili
Dutch Oven Chili

Slowly cooking your chili in a heavy Dutch oven over a slow, steady fire produces creamy beans and falling-apart meat.

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Beef Tamale Pie with Cornmeal Crust
Beef Tamale Pie with Cornmeal Crust

A cornmeal crust adds texture and sweetness to this earthy chili, flavored with ancho powder and unsweetened cocoa.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Chili for Burgers, Hot Dogs, or Fries
Chili for Burgers, Hot Dogs, or Fries

A typical chili is great in a bowl, but overwhelms a burger. This version has the texture of a thick sauce, making it a perfect condiment.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Easy Chipotle Chicken Chili
Easy Chipotle Chicken Chili

Using ground chicken and canned beans allows this white chili variation to come together in just half an hour.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Quick Chili with Sweet Potato and Pork
Quick Chili with Sweet Potato and Pork

Loading up on vegetables lets you make a meat-light chili that's still satisfying. Sweet potatoes give this ground pork version a slight sweetness and a bonus pop of color.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]