February 26 is National Chili Day, and to celebrate we've rounded up nine of our favorite recipes. Chili can be a pretty polarizing topic, seeing entire families divide on whether to go ground beef or ground turkey, beans or no beans, meat or vegetarian… We have included a little something for everyone, but be sure to let us know where you stand on the great chili debate.
Julie's Eats and Treats says the secret to this ground beef and bean chili is the cumin. A bowl of this on a cold winter night like the ones we've been having simply hits the spot.
Before you tell us to get out of here with vegetarian chili, hear us out: the veggie stuff is still hearty and delicious, but perhaps more importantly, it's done in about 30 minutes. So if you don't get a chance to make the "real" stuff over the weekend, you can whip something like this spicy Thai chili from Some the Wiser on a work night. Look at that bowl of awesome. Red curry paste, bulgur, kidney beans, sweet potatoes and bell peppers: you can't lose.
The Pioneer Woman absolutely kills it with this Frito chili pie. She offers a step by step guide on how to make and assemble. There's plenty of cumin and chili powder in this chili made with two pounds of ground chuck and both kidney and pinto beans. But what seals the deal is the masa mixture she adds to the chili while it's still simmering. Holy Toledo, that's pretty amazing.
If you're vegetarian or simply watching calories, then you have to try this black bean and sweet potato chili from What's Gaby Cooking? Whatever you do, don't forget to add some slices of creamy avocado on top.
Chef in Training cooks up this cowboy chili, and it not only packs the flavor but also delivers a healthy kick of heat. A bowl of this is sure to warm you up on a frigid night.
Little Broken wanted a hearty, chunky chili without the meat, and instead of using the go-to kidney or pinto bean, turned to the lentil. Other than skipping the meat, this recipe is packed with all the traditional chili ingredients: onions, red bell pepper, garlic, tomatoes and chili powder. The lentils absorb all those flavors for fantastic, well-seasoned results.
Not counting the optional toppings, Gimme Some Oven cooks up this spicy batch of chili with just five ingredients. It's up to you whether you want to use ground beef or ground turkey, of course, as long as you don't scrimp on the chili powder. And despite the meat, it's ready in 25 minutes? Don't say we don't have your back.
If you find yourself with a bag of quinoa that you have no idea what to do with, then check out this recipe for quinoa chili from Cooking Classy. We especially love that in addition to the paprika, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper and diced green chili peppers, the recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder.
Half-Baked Harvest comes clean and points out that this chili is Texas-inspired. There are no beans in Texas chili and this one does, but it also has beer, spices and did we mention beer? Top it with some cornbread and Sarah Jessica Parker, that's good stuff.