A Chili Recipe for Every Occasion

chiliAs the weather cools (even in Florida, hallelujah!), it means cozier clothing, welcoming fireplaces glowing, and best of all, warm comfort food. Of course, nothing says fall comfort food like chili. From football games to an easy weeknight family meal, you can't go wrong with chili this season.

The great thing about chili is that it's so versatile, and there are so many versions to choose from. From vegetarian to heavy meat, crock pot to stove top, there are plenty of ways to cook it up. Here are six incredible chili recipes that will please all tastes.

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Here's a basic one-pot chili recipe that Kim shared awhile back, and I love. It's perfect to serve to a large crowd if you just double it.

1 lb ground beef or turkey

1 clove of garlic

Olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 bell peppers, diced

1 jalapeno, finely chopped

1 15 ounce can Mexican-style tomatoes (like Rotel)

3 8 ounce cans tomato sauce

2 tablespoons cumin

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

Black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 14 ounce can, drained and rinsed (Mr. Cafe Kim hates beans, so I warm them up in the microwave and add them only to my bowl.)

1 cup water

Worcestershire Sauce (to taste)

Hot sauce (to taste)

Brown meat in stock pot. Remove from pan and set aside. Drain grease. Re-heat pan with a bit of olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and let cook for a minute or two (be careful not to let the garlic burn). Add pepper, onions, and jalapeno. Salt and pepper veggies.

Lower the heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring frequently for about 10-15 minutes. Add meat back to pan. Add cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, cinnamon, and water. Simmer for about 7-10 minutes. Add Mexican-style tomatoes, sauce, and beans. Salt and pepper again.

For more flavor and spice, add Worcestershire and hot sauce. Bring to boil for about 3 minutes. Then lower heat to low and let chili cook for 45-60 minutes.

Chicken Chili

This is a favorite at my house. I love offering all sorts of toppings so people can adjust it to their tastes.

Vegetarian Chili

Perfect for a Meatless Monday or when serving those who don't eat meat. It includes plenty of vegetables, so it's healthy too.

Chocolate Chip Chili

I was skeptical about this one, but it's actually incredible. The chocolate just adds something extra special that brings it all together.

Pumpkin Pie Chili

Here's another one that you have to try before you believe it actually tastes good. Somehow it works, and what a great festive meal for Halloween time.

Crock Pot Chili

This is a quick and easy recipe that lets you make it in the morning then come home to the delicious smells of a meal already made. It's a fall and winter staple for sure.

What's your favorite way to make chili?


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