Who doesn’t love a big bowl of steaming hot homemade chili? Homemade chili is easy to make and serves a crowd. A big pot of chili can be used for several meals or frozen for an easy dinner later on.
Chili is the perfect food for this time of year. It works for a slow and relaxing type of meal and also for a meal at the end of a crazy day.
Serve it with cornbread, chips, or fritos and you have a meal just about everyone will love.
Because chili is the perfect food for this time of year, I thought I would share a few of my favorite chili recipes and tips for making chili with you today.
Is chili gluten free?
Not all chili is gluten free, but most homemade chili recipes are gluten free as long as you read labels to make sure that your ingredients are gluten free.
Chili is one of my favorite normal foods that is gluten free. You can serve chili to your family, company, or a crowd and no one would think about it being gluten free. It is a food that everyone can enjoy.
What type of beans should I use in chili?
All kinds of beans can be used in chili depending on the recipe, but it is easy to change it up to use what you have on hand.
A classic chili usually calls for kidney beans, but many recipes on this list call for other types of beans.
I love to use black beans, pinto beans, and chili beans in chili. For chicken or white chili navy, pinto beans, and northern beans world well.
Beans help stretch chili, but I often make a no bean chili. The meat lovers in my family enjoy it when I make a no bean chili.
What type of meat is best to use in chili?
The type of meat you use in chili depends on the recipe.
Most chili recipes that use ground meat call for ground beef. In those types of recipes I love to use ground venison or part beef and part venison. Ground turkey, chicken, or pork can usually be used as well.
Chicken chili is made with chicken, but in many chicken recipes you can use turkey.
There are several sausage chili recipes on the list below. For those I usually just use a regular ground pork sausage, but other types of ground sausage can be used.
Some chili recipes use a beef roast, pork roast, venison, or other types of large cuts of meat. Often times those can be substituted but it will change the taste and texture.
Do you have a favorite chili recipe?
Easy Homemade Chili Recipes
A list of easy to make homemade chili recipes. Skip the can and make it homemade.
Easy 5 Ingredient Chili
Five ingredients are all you need to make this simple chili recipe.
BBQ Chili is a delicious way to change up chili night.
Wendy's Copycat Chili Recipe Gluten Free
An easy make at home version of a favorite chili.
Slow Cooked Chicken Chili without Beans
Change up chili night with this easy to make chicken chili.
Creamy White Chili with Sausage (30 Minutes or less dinner)
An easy and delicious white chili with sausage.
Slow Cooked Homemade Chili without Beans
A delicious homemade chili without beans.
Breakfast Sausage Chili
Breakfast is an easy and delicious way to change up chili night.
Slow Cooked Three Bean Chili
A simple slow cooked chili made slightly different with three types of beans.
White Chicken Chili without Beans
White Chicken Chili without beans is a quick and easy creamy chili that is so good you will not miss the beans.
Slow Cooked Cattle Drive Chili
Slow cooked cattle drive chili is my family's favorite chili recipe.
My Version of Martha Stewart's Chili Recipe
My version of Martha Stewart's Chili recipe combines two of her chili recipes into one delicious meal!
Easy Crock Pot Chili Recipe
Start easy Crock Pot Chili in the morning and dinner will be waiting for you at the end of the day.
Bacon chili takes a basic chili recipe to the next level.
Oven Pork Chili
Full of flavor and feeds a crowd. An old recipe, but still a favorite.
Originally posted November 2014. Updated January 2022.
I love “chili” season! Lately I’ve been using half the meat and twice the beans/veggies – still tastes like yummy chili to me. My bean of choice is small red beans rather than the larger kidney beans, but I also add in pinto beans and black beans to the recipe. My Nesco oven holds more than my crock pot, but can be set as low as 200F for long slow cooking, so I’ve been making lots of soups and chili in the Nesco. I recently made a rather spicy chili that my son and co-worker called “the best chili I’ve ever had!” Now, if I can just figure out what I did in making that dish!
The Nesco is a great idea, especially when make it for a large group. I agree on changing it up. I often use whatever beans I have or am in the mood for. And sometimes it is really spicy and other times it isn’t.