5 Cozy Chili Recipes

Are you searching for some new, easy chili recipes to add to your weekly meal plan? If you’re a chili lover, then you should try these 5 Cozy Chili Recipes. These recipes are loaded with delicious ingredients, hearty, and can be served as a simple appetizer or a meal. So, get ready to enjoy some warm and comforting chili!

Homestyle Cozy Chili Recipes…

Homestyle chili is a stew and requires longer cooking time than soup. They can be vegetarian or made with any meat or vegetables cooked with beans, chili peppers, various spices, and other ingredients. For more stew-like recipes, try our Beef Stew in Half the Time, Mixed Seafood Stew, and Veal Stew with Wine Peas and Carrots.

Celebrate upcoming game nights with any of our 5 cozy chili recipes, all highly rated by readers like you. Try one, or try them all!

Tips for the Best Chili…

When it comes to making chili, there’s no limit to ingredients for flavor variations. So let’s look at some tips and suggestions to jazz up your chili recipe:

  • Add additional vegetables for a heartier chili. Toss in some potatoes, carrots, celery, corn, and frozen peas.
  • Mix in some Chipotle sauce or any hot sauce you prefer to make it a smoky flavor.
  • Try other kinds of beans when making this chili. Be sure to rinse and drain them before adding them to your chili.
  • Want it to be spicy hot? Toss some jalapeno peppers into the mix.
  • Try making chili with other kinds of meat. Try ground chicken, venison, turkey, sausage, or chorizo.
  • Mix and make your seasoning mix and try your favorite spices.
  • Always serve your condiments for toppings or serve them on the side. We love sour cream, shredded cheeses, some chopped onions, and freshly chopped cilantro when serving.
  • Of course, serve it warm and with your favorite tortilla chips!

Here are 5 Favorite Chili Recipes…

  1. Easy Vegetarian Chili ~ is loaded with three kinds of beans, vegetables, and fire-roasted tomatoes. This recipe contains enough spices and chili powder to create a delicious-tasting vegetarian chili – everyone will love! 
A white bowl of beans and vegetable chili with shredded cheddar, and some sour cream, and cilantro on top.

2. Sweet Potato Chili ~ is an easy, flavorful chili made with ground beef or turkey, sweet potatoes, black beans, and fire-roasted tomatoes. YUM! So good and full of flavor, you can easily adjust the heat to your liking.

A red bowl of sweet potato and black bean chili with chopped sweet potatoes, crumbled meat and black beans.

3. Easy White Bean Chili with Chicken ~ is loaded with shredded chicken, white beans, chicken stock, cumin, and roasted green chilies. This cozy chili recipe will give you the ‘wow’ factor from the very first spoonful to the very last drop! It is so good, every one will rave about this chili!

A black square bowl with white bean chili with shredded cheese on top.

4. Easy Beef Chili Recipe ~ this chili is loaded with ground beef, crushed tomatoes, bell peppers, spices, jalapenos, and beans. Serve it with a side of our cooked riceeasy homemade cornbread recipe, or cheesy mini biscuits to soak up every bit of it. It’s divine!

A bowl of beef chili as with beans, shredded cheese, and sour cream on top.

5. Easy Hot Chili Cheese Dip ~ is made with 3 ingredients, and with 3 layers! Only 10 minutes to make it. It’s almost too good to be true! This dip will not only “wow” everyone with its delicious combination. It is a hot chili cheese dip that’s ready to serve in 5 minutes!  AMAZING!

A white round pie dish with a layer of melted cheese on top and tortilla chips around the dish.

How to Thicken the Chili?

If you find the chili is too watery, or soupy, here are a few tips to help you thicken the chili:

  • Add some cornstarch into the chili, about 1 tablespoon and stir it into the pot. Simmer it longer, uncovered until it thickens.
  • Always remove the lid from the pot, is another way to thicken stews and chili, and allow the liquid to evaporate while the chili simmers on low heat.
  • You can always mash some of the beans, but not all of them. Beans will help thicken the chili.

Storing and Freezing:

  • Can we Make it Ahead? Yes, you can make chili ahead 1 day ahead. Allow the chili to cool completely, before storing.
  • How to Store Leftovers? Once the chili is cooled, store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for up to 3 days.
  • Can we Freeze Chili? You can freeze chili. Transfer it to a container and freeze. It freezes well for up to 1 month.
A red bowl filled with sweet potatoe chili, a black square bowl with white beans and shredded cheese on top and a ladle filled with beef chili.
Yield: 4 to 5 servings

5 Cozy Chili Recipes

2 bowls with chili and a Dutch oven pot with a ladle filled with chili.

5 Cozy Chili Recipes are hearty, loaded with delicious ingredients and can be served as a simple appetizer or a meal. Perfect for game nights, and family gatherings.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 . Easy Vegetarian Chili
  • 2. Sweet Potato Chili
  • 3. Easy White Bean and Chicken Chili
  • 4. Easy Beef Chili Recipe
  • 5. Hot Chili Cheese Dip


  1. Choose your favorite recipe.
  2. Gather all the ingredients needed for that recipe.
  3. Follow the directions to make that chili and serve!

Nutrition Information:


6 to 8 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving (1 cup)

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256

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