20 Offbeat Chili Recipes

We go from classic to creative with chili variations that showcase world flavors, spicy chile peppers, meat, and veggies.

Catie Bielecki

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World Flavors: Mediterranean Chickpea Chili

    Grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, and lemon zest give this garbanzo bean chili a fresh Greek twist.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
World Flavors: Caribbean Chili with Black Beans

    Sweet mango and golden raisins temper the spice of habanero pepper in this delicious chili.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook   35 mins 
World Flavors: New World Chili

    Garden-fresh pumpkin, dried cranberries, fresh jalapeņo peppers, and turkey put a fall spin on classic slow cooker chili.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  10 hrs on low; 5 hours on high
World Flavors: Coconut Chicken Chili

    Spicy sautéed chicken and crisp veggies simmer in a tasty homemade peanut sauce for chili with an Asian flair.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook   20 mins 
World Flavors: Fruit-&-Nut Chili

    An Indian-inspired mix of curry, apples, almonds, cocoa powder, and cinnamon updates this beef chili.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Cook  1 hr 
World Flavors: Mexican Chili

    South American spices, such as chili powder and ground cumin, add smokiness and heat to ground beef, red kidney beans, and veggies.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  8 hrs (low) or 4 hours (high)
Rich & Meaty: Family-Style Chili & Corn Bread Dumplings

    For a hearty meal that comes together easily, top steak chili with dumplings that start with a corn muffin mix.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Slow Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4 to 5 hours (high) + 25 minutes (high)
Rich & Meaty: Pepper Chili

    This warm and comforting chili offers a mix of beef and pork. Pinto beans, canned tomatoes, and green sweet peppers keep the recipe classic.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook  2 hrs 
Stand  1 hr 
Rich & Meaty: Venison Chili

    Venison, which has a woody, almost fruity flavor, combines with veggies and seven spices to create a knockout chili.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cook  1 hr  to 1 hr 15 mins 
Rich & Meaty: Spicy Sausage Chili

    Serve this beef- and sausage-filled chili over hot cooked rice for a satisfying meal.

Rich & Meaty: Beef & Red Bean Chili

    This chunky, slow cooker chili owes its deep flavor to an intriguing blend of chipotle peppers, oregano, cumin, and fresh cilantro.

Easy Vegetarian: Hearty Vegetarian Chili

    Garlic, chili powder, and cumin give this tomatoey chili recipe lots of delicious flavor.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   45 mins 
Easy Vegetarian: Big-Batch Vegetarian Lentil Chili

    Red lentils blend right in with classic chili ingredients, such as diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and chopped veggies, in this hearty dish.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   35 mins 
Easy Vegetarian: Chunky Vegetable Chili

    In this simple slow cooker recipe, zucchini, black beans, and corn simmer together in a spicy tomato sauce.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook  8 hrs  to 10 hrs (low) or 4 to 5 hours (high)
Easy Vegetarian: Super Bean Vegetarian Chili

    Black-eyed peas are an unexpected ingredient in this fiber-rich chili, but they combine deliciously with black beans, diced tomatoes, and onion.

Makes: 2 servings
Serving size: 2 main-dish servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Hot & Fiery: Chunky Chipotle Pork Chili

    Lean pork tenderloin cooks to perfection in this ready-in-minutes chili. Salsa and chipotle peppers spice it up.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Hot & Fiery: Firehouse Chili

    Serve this sizzling chili recipe over macaroni noodles, and then top with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and green onions.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook  2 hrs 
Hot & Fiery: Roughneck Chili

    Two different types of peppers plus hot pepper sauce add zip (and lots of flavor!) to this beefy no-bean chili.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   20 mins 
Hot & Fiery: Zesty Black Bean Chili

    Kielbasa adds meatiness and smoky flavor to this mouthwatering spice-filled chili.

Makes: 4 servings
Serving size: 4 main-dish servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook   20 mins 
Hot & Fiery: Kickin' Hot Chili

    If you like your chili blazing hot, this bold and spicy recipe is for you.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   30 mins 

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