It’s a great summer cookout dish. It’s warm and cozy comfort when there’s a blizzard outside. It’s hearty perfection on game day. It’s a quick, easy fix on busy weeknights. Basically, it’s never a bad time for chili.
Best of all, with a few smart ingredient choices, it can also be an incredibly healthy one-pot meal, packing in protein, produce, and fiber. From traditional combinations to unique twists, meaty classics to vegan updates, we’ve found 24 ways to enjoy a bowlful of chili. Ladle up!
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1. Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken Chili
Is there a better way to get game-day ready than emptying a bottle of beer into your chili? Not only does it add surprising complexity to the Mexican-inspired dish, but most of the alcohol evaporates in the four-hour slow-cooking process, and there are plenty of healthy ingredients like fiber-filled beans, protein-packed skinless chicken breasts, and vitamin-rich tomatoes t…