A hearty bowl of chili can be a delicious and easy dinner this fall. Here are 7 ways to make this hearty comforting food for those fall nights.
Fall has arrived! The kids are back in school, temperatures are getting cooler, the leaves are falling, it’s leggings-and-sweater and pumpkin spice season. But for most of us moms, not much has changed inside our homes. If anything, the start of a new school year, the return of fall sports and a new season of dance classes means that we are over scheduled now in comparison to the lazy days of summer, especially when it comes to dinner time!
Chili is one of fall’s favorite comfort foods, and we love how a big pot of it will not only make a hearty dinner but leave us with plenty of leftovers to heat up for another time.
Here are 7 chili recipes that are sure to make your dinner time a breeze this fall!
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7 Onion Soup Chili
This recipe from Lipton is a favorite in my house, easily feeding my family-of-four with enough leftover for lunch the next day. The basic ingredient list is simple (ground beef, red kidney beans or black beans, tomato sauce, water and chili powder). But adding in an envelope of Lipton’s onion soup mix really pumps up the flavor in this chilly-night favorite. Top it with sour cream and shredded cheese, and dinner is done in less than 30 minutes in a skillet on the stovetop!
6 Turkey Chili
We get it. Not all meat-eaters are a fan of ground beef. So, if turkey is your preferred protein, check out this simple turkey chili recipe from All Recipes. After browning your turkey in a pot, mix in tomatoes, kidney beans and garlic before seasoning with chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. This tasty dinner goes great topped with sour cream and shredded cheese, oh, and with a hearty buttermilk biscuit on the side. You can taste it now! Turkey chili is also a great low-fat option for those of us counting calories. Serve it with low-fat sour cream and low-fat cheddar, and it will still taste just as delicious!
5 White Chicken Chili
The heartier cousin of chicken noodle soup, this easy recipe from Delish can be made with boneless chicken breast — or you can hack it with store-bought rotisserie chicken! Jalapenos and green chilies give this dish an extra kick for those who like to walk on the spicier side of life. And adding sour cream to the entire pot — rather than spooning it on top before serving — gives this chili a delicious creamy texture. From start to finish, this dish should take you about an hour to cook. Winner, winner, chicken (chili) dinner!
4 Instant Pot Chili
Making chili in the instant pot seems like an oxymoron, right? But if your multifunction cooker has a sauté setting, you can brown the beef right in the pot and not dirty up another skillet. This recipe from Cooking Classy also includes a secret ingredient: unsweetened cocoa powder, which adds some richness to the meal. Bell peppers, kidney beans, beef broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce round out this well-seasoned pot of chili, which takes about an hour to cook. Serve it with biscuits, crackers, or tortilla chips and dinner is ready! This recipe also freezes well and thaws nicely, so you can reheat it for lunch or dinner afterwards!
3 Slow Cooker Chili
On a chilly and rainy day, I love breaking out my slow cooker. There is something so warm and inviting about the smells that waft throughout the house while dinner is cooking on the countertop. (Not gonna lie, I also love having dinner mostly made come 5pm!) This recipe from Damn Delicious isn’t a dump-and-cook, however. You do need to brown the ground beef first in a skillet on the stovetop before you put it along with the rest of the ingredients into your slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours. But if your mornings are chaotic and hectic, you can brown the meat the night before and then dump everything else into the slow cooker come morning.
2 Vegetarian Chili
Is your family vegetarian? No problem! You can still get all the delish of a hot chili without the traditional meat base with a dish like this one from All Recipes. Lots of good-for-you vegetables like carrots, green and red peppers, celery, mushrooms, and corn are combined with kidney beans and seasonings like oregano, cumin, basil and chili powder in this delicious dish. Another skillet dish, this recipe is easy clean-up and makes 8 servings!
1 Pumpkin Chili
There are lots of creative ways to put a spin on a basic chili recipe. And since nothing says fall more than pumpkin spice, check out this healthy recipe for pumpkin chili from Chew Out Loud! Bold in flavor and a savory meal, adding pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to this chili recipe thickens up the sauce and lets you sneak in some additional nutritional value. Score! You can make this chili with traditional ground beef, substitute chicken, or even make it vegetarian by adding some extra beans and peppers to the mix!
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