21 Offbeat Chili Recipes

Roughneck Chili
We go from classic to creative with chili variations showcasing world flavors, spicy chile peppers, meat, and veggies. With vegetarian recipes, fiery bowls, and traditional chili dinners, you're sure to find a chili recipe that will satisfy everyone at your table.

World Flavors: Mediterranean Chickpea Chili

Take your tastebuds on a trip around the globe with this Mediterranean meal. Grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, and lemon zest give this garbanzo bean chili a fresh Greek twist.

World Flavors: Mexican Winter Chili

Fresh peppers and spices may give this chili Mexican flavors, but that's not all that makes this chili unique. A full can of pumpkin makes this chili a creamy, cold-weather supper.

World Flavors: Caribbean Chili with Black Beans

If you can't take a beach vacation when the weather turns chilly, dive into this Caribbean dish, which will have you imagining white sand and waves in no time. Sweet mango and golden raisins temper the spice of habanero pepper in this delicious chili.

World Flavors: New World Chili

Can't wait for Thanksgiving to arrive? This feast-worthy chili will satisfy your cravings for now. Garden-fresh pumpkin, dried cranberries, fresh jalapeño peppers, and turkey put a fall spin on classic slow cooker chili.

World Flavors: Coconut Chicken Chili

Warm, homey chili meets your favorite takeout dinner in this Asian-inspired dish. Spicy sautéed chicken and crisp veggies simmer in a tasty homemade peanut sauce for chili with an Asian flair.

Rich & Meaty: Slow Cooker Chocolate Chili with Three Beans

This rich, indulgent chili has a few secret ingredients creating its signature flavor. A pinch of bittersweet chocolate and a drizzle of honey turn classic beef and three-bean chili into a much more decadent dinner.

Rich & Meaty: Harvest Chili

We already love curling up with a warm bowl of chili on a cold night, but this recipe adds fall flavors for a extra comfort. Replace beef with chicken-apple sausage, then stir in butternut squash and fresh green apples to give your meal an autumnal twist.

Rich & Meaty: Bowl 'O Red

This hearty beef chili looks just like a classic recipe, but a full bottle of beer gives this tomato-filled dish an offbeat flavor worth savoring on game day.

Rich & Meaty: Family-Style Chili & Corn Bread Dumplings

Skip the dinner rolls on the side. Corn bread dumplings top this chili! For a hearty meal that comes together easily, top steak chili with dumplings that start with a corn muffin mix.

Rich & Meaty: Pepper Chili

Combine two of your favorite chili recipes into one: This warm and comforting chili offers a mix of beef and pork. Pinto beans, canned tomatoes, and green sweet peppers keep the recipe classic.

Rich & Meaty: Venison Chili

Give your spice rack a workout for results that are oh-so worth it. Venison, which has a woody, almost fruity flavor, combines with veggies and seven spices to create a knockout chili.

Easy Vegetarian: Vegetarian Green Chili

Fill your bowl with greens, soybeans, and rice when you're craving a meatless chili meal. Healthy ingredients like celery, fresh spinach, and avocado mean you can indulge in this comfort with no guilt later.

Easy Vegetarian: Hearty Vegetarian Chili

Just because it's vegetarian, doesn't mean chili can't be a hearty, satisfying meal. Garlic, chili powder, and cumin give this tomatoey chili recipe lots of delicious flavor.

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. Store any leftovers of this hearty dish in your fridge or freezer for another meal on a busy night.

Easy Vegetarian: Chunky Vegetable Chili

Skip the day spent stirring at the stove and let your slow cooker do all the hard work for you. In this simple slow cooker recipe, zucchini, black beans, and corn simmer together in a spicy tomato sauce.

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.

Hot & Fiery: Fire and Ice Beef and Grape Chili

This spicy chili might bring the fire, but a frozen red wine topping brings icy coolness to the bowl. Beef short ribs, pinto beans, and fire-roasted salsa add comforting flavors to this one-of-a-kind chili recipe.

Hot & Fiery: Chili Verde Con Cerdo

A trio of fresh peppers—poblanos, jalapeños, and Anaheim—sets the flavors in this chili ablaze. Instead of traditional beef, we stirred tender pork shoulder roast into this flaming hot chili for an extra juicy dinner.

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, so this hearty weeknight meal brings a little fire to your table.

Hot & Fiery: Firehouse Chili

It's almost like chili mac. Serve this sizzling chili recipe over macaroni noodles, and then top with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and green onions.

Hot & Fiery: Roughneck Chili

You can't miss the beef in this recipe: Three full pounds make this chili extra meaty and hearty. Two types of peppers, plus hot pepper sauce, add zip (and lots of flavor) to this beefy no-bean chili.

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