With the cold weather rolling in, is there anything quite like a big, comforting bowl of chili?
There are many great things about chili. Firstly, it is incredibly versatile. There are a few key ingredients, but there is also a lot of room for maneuver in terms of which veggies to add and what protein to use. Secondly, it doesn’t have to be this mind-blowing heat-fest. If you aren’t into spoonfuls of cayenne, that’s fine. You can turn the heat up and down accordingly.
Another great thing about chili is that is often packed with protein. There are usually tons of beans, lentils, or other plant-based protein goodies in a bowl of chili that will power you through the cold evenings. And, lastly, everyone knows that leftover chili is even better than the first round, so don’t be shy about making a gigantic pot to last you the week.
Take a look at how versatile chili can be with these ten awesome OGP chili recipes for you to try.
1. Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Chili
This Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Chili by Pavani Nandula is a great start to the list. This chili is super simple to make as it’s a one-pot wonder. The kale adds extra texture and lots of added nutrients. Dijon mustard is a lovely secret ingredient that gives this chili a little unexpected kick.
2. One-Pot Spicy Three Bean Chili
Here we have another one-pot wonder with this One-Pot Spicy Three Bean Chili by Danielle Clark. The three beans come in the form of garbanzo beans, kidney beans, and black beans. In under an hour, you can have a beautiful bowl of chili that you can serve with crunchy tortilla chips.
3. Chilli Chocolate Tacos
Check out this twist on the traditional corn tacos. Serve your Chilli Chocolate Tacos by Phoebe Douglas in large lettuce leaves for an even healthier version. Of course, you are free to fill up some corn tacos with this delicious chili if you wish. The curveball in this dish is dark chocolate, yet the richness of the chocolate actually compliments the spice of the chili very well.
4. Mexican Chili
This Mexican Chili by Planted and Picked is filled with Mexican peppers and a whole host of beautiful spices. This dish has a deep and rich flavor and is wonderful when served with fresh crusty bread and a generous dollop of vegan sour cream.
5. Three Bean Sweet Potato Chili
Here we have another three-bean wonder with the added bonus of chunky sweet potato. This Three Bean Sweet Potato Chili by Aurora Steen is smoky, spicy, and a little sweet from those sweet potatoes. This dish includes black beans, kidney beans, and cranberry beans. Dish yourself up a big bowl with crunchy tortilla chips and a healthy serving of cool guacamole.
6. Best Vegan Chili
Well, it’s right there in the title. This Best Vegan Chili by Hannah Sunderani is best because it’s so easy and quick to make, it’s incredibly healthy, and it’s definitely hearty, too. The protein comes from black beans, white beans, and kidney beans. It is filled with simple but really delicious spices and can be enjoyed throughout the week if you make up a big enough batch.
7. Chili Con Queso
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This Chili Con Queso by Gabrielle St. Claire is a little different than the other chilis on the list. This dish is actually lentil-based but still with all of those authentic chili spices. You need to make up a big batch of vegan nacho cheese to pour all over the chili lentils. This would be amazing served with crunchy tortilla chips for dipping.
8. Hearty High-Protein Lentil, Kidney Bean, and Chickpea Chili
Here is another protein-packed chili to fill you up for the evening. This Hearty High-Protein Lentil, Kidney Bean, and Chickpea Chili by Logan Dunn & Lexus Osman gets all its protein from this trio of legumes and a lot more flavor from a beautiful blend of perfect chili spices.
9. Beer Chili
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10. Hearty Plant-Based Pumpkin Chili
Let’s end with the ultimate chili for a fall evening. Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD‘s Hearty Plant-Based Pumpkin Chili is simple yet wonderfully satisfying. The pumpkin adds a welcomed thickness to the dish and extra flavors of the season.
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