Earlier today Kenji shared his meatless, bean-heavy chili. Some would say this doesn't qualify as chili. If you are raising your hand right now, and can't imagine a world where chili doesn't include meat, these recipes are for you. Warning: some of them contain beans, but that's a separate conversation.
What do we believe characterizes amazing chili? It must:
- Have a rich, complex chile flavor that combines sweet, bitter, hot, fresh, and fruity elements in balance
- Have a robust, meaty flavor if you're using meat (which we are here)
- If it contains beans, they should be tender, creamy, and intact
- The chili should be bound together by a hearty, flavorful sauce.
Check out all of the recipes in the slideshow, or jump to each of them below.
All the Recipes
Turkey and Roasted Poblano Chili »
Chili for Burgers, Dogs or Fries »
All-American Chili »
Turkey Chili Soup with Hominy »
The Food Lab's Chili »
Real Texas Chili con Carne »
Cheesy Chili Mac »
Beef and Dark Beer Chili »