9 Mouth Watering Chili Recipes


There is nothing like a bowl of Chili to warm a person up on a cold day. It’s just the right amount of hearty and just the right amount of spice to be so satisfying! The great thing about Chili is there are lots of different ways you can add flare to ordinary meat and beans that really kick it up to a new level. Whether you are craving the classic diner chili or something that tastes like fall in a bowl, there’s always something to please. One of my favorite chilis is a nice bowl of White Chicken Chili. But I’m always up for pumpkin black bean chili and corn bread. I love using chili to add to another meal too.  Some of my favorites are chili hot dogs and chili topped mac and cheese.

Now that it feels like every day it gets a little bit cooler, I’m looking forward to making some of my favorite chili recipes again. And that inspired me to pull them all together in one place so that you can try them out too!

  1. White Chicken Chili
  2. Pineapple Chili
  3. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
  4. Cheater Chili
  5. Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
  6. Pumpkin Black Bean Chili
  7. Velma’s Chili
  8. Mel’s Diner Chili
  9. Chili Topped Mac and Cheese

Since cornbread is the perfect companion to chili, I’ve got a round up of cornbread recipes coming next week!

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Rustic Irish Potato and Cabbage Soup – for the slow cooker or stove top

Rustic Irish Potato and Cabbage Soup - easy and hearty


March came in like a lion.  For the second time this winter, we had double digit snowfall.  Since we haven’t had that much snow in 17 years, it was pretty surprising to see it twice in one season.

Needless to say, we are ready for spring to show up!

But first, there’s March.  Where we begin to crave green things and vegetables and sunshine.

This soup is definitely a winter soup, but it’s perfect for March.  It’s full of veggies.  It’s hot and hearty and perfect for refueling after an hour or two of shoveling snow.

I seasoned the soup with McCormick Bay Leaves and Thyme.  The soup comes together quickly, but the flavor is full and round and tastes like you’ve spent all day.

Part of the reason it’s easy to put together is that I chose to leave the peels on the potatoes.  That gives the soup a rustic quality and makes the prep work easier too.


Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Quick White Chicken Chili

Quick White Chicken Chili


The other night I really wanted to have White Chicken Chili for dinner.  The problem was that my recipe for White Chicken Chili is a slow cooker recipe.

And it was already 5:30 when I decided we really needed hearty, hot bowls of this soup.

Thankfully, it’s possible to turn a slow cooker recipe into a stove-top recipe with a few quick changes.

In this case, I used rotisserie chicken I had in the freezer.  I also used canned beans, instead of dry, making adjustments in the amount of liquid the recipe called for.

This recipe was on the table in under 30 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup from scratch


I’ve been wanting to make Black Bean Soup forever.  I knew I wanted to make it in the slow cooker too.

So I went on a recipe search and found this Cuban Black Bean Soup from the Kitchn.  The recipe was a great excuse to use the ham bone I’d frozen from Christmas.

My recipe search also yielded Pioneer Woman’s Black Bean Soup.  Hers doesn’t use a ham bone.  And it has no vinegar, like the other recipe does.  But she did add some cumin and chili powder.

And neither recipe was for the slow cooker.  Black beans cooked on top of the stove become creamy and smooth.  In the slow cooker, this texture has to be forced a bit by pureeing some of the soup in a blender.

I ended up combining the two recipes I found, with my own thoughts on making it work for the slow cooker.  The result was wonderful.  It was even better the next day.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Cheesy Smoked Sausage Chowder

Cheesy Smoked Sausage Chowder


If you like a hearty, hot soup for dinner in the winter, this one’s for you.

It’s thick and cheesy.  Full of smoked sausage, potatoes, carrots, celery and onions.

I adapted the recipe from Cheesy Hamburger Soup.  I used smoked sausage instead of hamburger.  And shredded cheddar instead of Velveeta.

Serve this soup with crusty bread and a big, green salad.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Chicken Minestrone Soup

Chicken Minestrone in the Slow Cooker


This soup is made for January.  It’s loaded with vegetables, chicken and beans.  It’s made from scratch.  And it cooks entirely in the slow cooker.  No pre-cooking meat required.

In fact, it fits in great with our Slow Cooker Soup Series from last year.

For a simple, complete meal add in cornbread or biscuits.  Or try these Rosemary Goat Cheese Muffins.

Here’s what you’ll need for the soup.   [Read more…]

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Easy Chicken and Tortellini Soup with Kale

Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup


Cheese tortellini, chicken, kale, tomatoes, garlic, onion – this soup is full of good stuff!

And it couldn’t be easier to make.  Especially if you’ve got cooked chicken in the freezer ready to go.

I almost always have chicken frozen, that I’ve either cooked myself or used Costco rotisserie chicken.  It’s such a time saver to have the meat ready to use.  A quick minute or two in the microwave is all it takes to thaw it enough so it can be added to a soup or casserole.

Next week, I’ll have another post on using meat from a Costco rotisserie chicken (or your leftover turkey).  There are so many ways to use chicken and turkey like this.

But for today, let’s talk about this soup.  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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15 Minute Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

15 Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup


I do a lot of recipe creation.  Sometimes the recipes don’t turn out well and I never share them with you.  But sometimes, I come up with a winner.

This chicken noodle soup is a winner!

First of all, it takes just 15 minutes to fix.

It’s also homemade.  Okay, I’m using that term a little loose.  The broth isn’t homemade.  And my mom asked if the noodles were homemade (she’s hard to impress!).

But there’s no cream soups or mixes in here.  And that’s what I mean by homemade.

And if you’re smart enough to make your own broth and freeze it and use chicken you’ve cooked and frozen, then it really can be homemade.  (I’m not even going to talk about making the noodles though.)

I used boxed chicken broth and frozen rotisserie chicken for mine.  Everyone loved it!  It’s creamy, nourishing and hearty.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Easy Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup


This is the final recipe in our Slow Cooker Soup series.  I have loved this series!

My goal with each recipe I’ve shared has been to put the ingredients in the crockpot and let them cook.  I didn’t want to have to pre-cook any meats for this series.  That’s the one step that will stop me from making something if I’m in a big hurry.

I stumbled on a method of cooking meat with bones in it right in the soups.  This has worked for several ham based soups and also chicken soups.  And it’s the method I used for this soup too.

Cooking the chicken with bones right in the soup gives the broth a rich flavor.  It also simplifies the recipe too.

The original recipe for this soup comes from Modern Mrs. Darcy.  Anne is one of my favorite bloggers to read.  She blogs on all kinds of interesting topics and she’s a fellow Kentuckian too.

I changed up the soup recipe from the way Anne fixed it.  She made a homemade broth (great idea, but one I rarely take time for).  She also used chicken that had been pre-cooked and took time to sauté the vegetables.  All of those steps make wonderful soup, but I wanted a simpler version.

And I think I found success!  A simple Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup with homemade taste that only takes 10 minutes to prep.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Chicken, Avocado, Lime, and Cilantro Soup

CHicken, Avocado, Lime & Cilantro Soup

Chicken, Avocado, Lime and Cilantro Soup

I was sick with a terrible sinus infection. And I just wanted homemade chicken noodle soup.

The problem was that I didn’t have any of the ingredients I needed. And there was no chance I could make it to the store.

So I looked and my fridge at what I had and this is what I came up with. It was so delicious! And my whole family ate it and they said it was delicious as well. Home run!

Here’s to using what you’ve got in the pantry!  This ingredient list is simple:   [Read more…]

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