15 Best Chili Recipes for Watching Football

Who's ready for the football?! Here are 15 of our very best chili recipes, all perfect for a game day party or the Super Bowl Playoffs! From White Chicken Chili to Chili con Carne, we've got you covered.

If football has an official dish, it’s got to be chili. In my opinion, no football party is complete without a pot of this hearty, spicy stew simmering on the back burner.

Whether you’re looking for a classic beef chili, a crockpot or Instant Pot chili, or something a bit more off the beaten path, here are all of our very best, very favorite chili recipes for your game day party!


A bowl of chili just isn’t complete without some toppings, don’t you think? Here are some suggestions for your table:

  • Shredded cheese — a definite MUST!
  • Sour cream
  • Diced avocado
  • Diced red onion
  • Sliced green onions
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Tortilla chips

What to Serve With Chili

Looking for some ideas for what to serve alongside your chili? Wedges of Southern cornbread or garlic knots are an excellent choice. If you’d like to balance your chili with some greens, then mix up a giant bowl of Caesar Salad and let guests help themselves.


Chili, just like most stews, is almost always better the day after its made, so feel free to plan ahead with this one! Your chili will keep in the fridge for about five days and can be reheated over low heat on the stovetop.

If you happen to have some chili leftover after your party, it freezes very well. Pack it into freezer containers or bags, and freeze for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the fridge, or just reheat the frozen chili straight from the freezer.

Chili with Beef

Do you love a good, beefy chili? So do we! Whether you want an authentic chili con carne or an easy pressure cooker recipe with ground beef, we've got something for you.

Chili con Carne

Chili con Carne! With chunks of chuck roast, browned in bacon fat and cooked with red kidney beans, red chili and chipotle chili, onion, garlic, jalapeños, tomatoes, and lime juice. Top with grated cheddar and chopped red onion. So GOOD!

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Beef and beans chili

Everyone needs a recipe for classic beef chili. Make this one your go-to! It's made with corn, peppers, tomatoes, and beans, and makes enough to freeze for later!

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Pressure Cooker Chili with beef in bowl

Instant pot beef chili recipe is ready in under an hour! This version is made with green peppers, onions, celery, ground beef, and tomatoes. Top with shredded cheese and sliced green onions, and serve some cornbread on the side.

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How to Make Chili without Beans

Chili, without the beans—just beef, tomatoes, onions, and lots of great spices. Make it ahead, freeze the leftovers, eat it for days.

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Chili Beans and Rice on plate

Chili beans are a quick way to get your chili fix! They're ready in under 45 minutes and are great served over rice for an easy weeknight meal. This version is made with ground beef and pinto beans.

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Chili with Chicken, Turkey, or Pork

Beef isn't the only option when it comes to chili. We love a good white chicken chili or chile verde made with pork!

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chili Chicken Chili in the crockpot

Beef isn't the only option when it comes to chili. We love a good white chicken chili or chile verde made with pork!

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Chile Verde

Authentic Mexican pork chile verde! with chunks of pork shoulder slow cooked in a roasted tomatillo and jalapeno chile verde sauce. So good!

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White bean chicken chili in a serving bowl with chips

This easy White Chicken Chili is like a milder, calmer cousin to Texas beef chili. Make it with canned or dry beans, and add extra chili peppers for more heat if you like! Keeps well and freezes well.

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Turkey Chili ready to serve

Easy Turkey Chili, great for turkey leftovers! With shredded turkey meat, kidney beans, onion, garlic, tomatoes and chili.

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White Chicken Chili in the pressure cooker

This White Chicken Chili is proof that chili doesn't have to be red and beefy to be delicious. Plus, this version is ready in a fraction of the time thanks to the pressure cooker!

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Turkey Chili

Here's an EASY chili recipe to add to your list! It's made with black beans and ground turkey, and only takes 15 minutes to throw together. Make it to warm you up on a chilly winter day or for your next Super Bowl party!

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Vegetarian Chilis

Have some vegetarians coming to your party? No problem. Give one of these hearty, meat-free chilis a try.

Best Vegetarian Chili with Mushrooms

With a well-stocked pantry, this Vegetarian Chili is an easy weeknight meal! Let it simmer while you set the table, unload the dishwasher, or relax on the couch. Loaded with beans, tomatoes, and spices, it's a good one to add to your chili rotation.

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Vegetable Meatless Chili

The BEST Vegetarian Chili! Make it with eggplant, plum tomatoes, onion, garlic, zucchini, bell peppers, jalapeños, white beans, kidney beans, and cilantro. You won't miss the meat!

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Chilis that Think Outside the Box

If you're looking for a change from the usual, give one of these chilis a try. They're guaranteed to perk up your taste buds and fill your belly.

Cinncinnatti Chili

Authentic Cincinnati Chili is a meaty, rich, and uniquely spiced chili from (you guessed it!) Cincinnati, Ohio. It's served over hot spaghetti with your choice of toppings. Don’t forget the cheese and oyster crackers!

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Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili! Made with chunks of pumpkin, ground pork, black beans, a bottle of beer, and plenty of spices. Ready in under an hour. Even better the next day.

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Emma Christensen

Emma Christensen is the Editor-in-Chief of Simply Recipes, and has over 10 years of experience creating food and content for web and print. She was formerly the recipe editor for The Kitchn and is the author of three books on home-brewing, True Brews, Brew Better Beer, and Modern Cider. Emma is a graduate of The Cambridge School for Culinary Arts and Bryn Mawr College. She lives in San Jose, California.

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  1. Bob

    We tried the no-bean Chili this last Sunday for the Super Bowl. Happy to report everybody loved it. No leftovers! It was a big hit. Would definitely make it over again. Thanks for recipe!

  2. romeo whisky charly

    You skipped the Maine Yellow Eyed Bean Moose-A-Maquoddy chili!!! Or the. substitute soldier bean chili

  3. Bob

    I looked at the chili without beans. I agree picture looks great, but I’ve never tried chili without beans. But just out of curiosity which of the 15 chilis was best liked by your readers? I noticed the bean-less recipe only 3 stars.

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  4. Stephanie

    Chili is amazing and that no-bean chili looks delicious!