Every dad needs a go-to chili recipe in his arsenal. There’s nothing better when you want an easy hearty meal that’s guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. One of the best things about cooking up a big pot of homemade chili is that you can freeze it for those times when you get stuck at work, the fridge is empty and you’ve got a table full of hungry kids waiting for you. We’ve got you covered with these no-nonsense chili recipes that will make you the best dad in the world.
1. Homemade Chili
This Italian-style chili has it all — Italian sausage, beef, beans and tomatoes — but it’s the seasoning that really makes it shine. Cinnamon, cumin, honey, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, cocoa powder and dark beer create an incredible depth of flavor.
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2. Two Bean Sage Chili
It’s amazing how many different ways there are to make a simple dish like chili. Garbanzo beans, red wine vinegar, sage and black truffle oil are a tasty twist on this classic dish.
3. Green Pork Chili
Bobby Flay serves up a beanless green chili recipe with slow-cooked pork, tomatillos and cilantro puree. Warm tortillas on the side complete the meal.
4. Slow Cooker Texas Chili
You’ll need to plan ahead for this recipe but it’s well worth it. Get everything together in 15 minutes, throw it in the slow cooker and seven hours later you’ve got serious flavor and the most tender meat on the planet.
5. Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili
Pull out the crock pot for this stick-to-your-ribs sweet, spicy and smoky chili recipe.
6. Veggie Black Bean Chili
Even meat lovers will want seconds (and probably thirds) of this veggie chili. Black beans, pumpkin puree, vegan sausage and corn give it texture and body, while fresh pico de gallo, beer and homemade chili spice make it a super tasty bowl.
7. 30-Minute Turkey Chili
Make good use of your cast iron skillet with this quick and easy homemade chili. Even though it only takes 30 minutes, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor thanks to beer and chipotle.
8. Chipotle Chicken Chili
Minced chipotle, three kinds of beans, chicken and beer create a full-bodied flavor that packs a punch. Serve it with fresh cilantro, lime wedges and sour cream to balance the heat.
9. 5-Ingredient Easy Chili
When the pantry’s bare and you’re short on time, this 5-ingredient chili is a life saver. All you need are canned diced tomatoes, beans, ground beef or turkey, an onion and chili powder. And it only takes 25 minutes from start to finish.
10. Buffalo Chicken Chili
Last but not least, a dash of ranch dressing and hot sauce make this Buffalo Chicken Chili a standout and it’s ready in under an hour.