Is there anything better than a bowl of chili?

Really, though — it's spiced, warm, and hearty; it's flexible enough to endure endless variations; and, above all, it's the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Whether you're vegan, gluten-free, or the dreaded picky eater, no one can turn up their nose at a bowl of chili.

That's because, despite stiff competition, chili is the ultimate comfort food. Walking into a house redolent of long-simmered chili is the equivalent of a warm hug from someone you actually want to be hugged by. Another great thing about chili? It makes a ton: so whether you're inviting a crowd or just eating for one, straight from the pot, there will definitely be leftovers. And everyone knows chili tastes better the next day.

Tempeh chili by Gena Hamshaw

Short rib chili by lastnightsdinner

Tuxedo chili by TheRunawaySpoon

Chili gumbo by aargersi

Slightly smoky mixed-bean chili by creamtea

Smoky black bean and sweet potato chili by Gena Hamshaw

Indian spiced lamb chili by Divya Kaur

Buffalo-style quinoa chili by Stacy McCann

Just good chili by Jestei

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