With beans, or without. Tomatoes or no. Meat or vegetarian. Like barbecue, tacos, or how to dress a hotdog, chili inspires many heated debates — there are as many recipes as there are cooks who make them. But variety (of chili) is the spice of life. And as temperatures dip, there's no better time to warm up with spicy stew. So no matter how you build your bowl (or even if you like chili as nacho or mac and cheese topper!), we have just the recipes to keep you warm and cozy.

Chili by the bowl

1. Weeknight chili

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2. Smoky black bean and sweet potato chili

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3. Short rib and pumpkin chili

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4. Tempeh chili

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5. Chili al pastor

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6. Buffalo-style quinoa chili

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7. Chili gumbo

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8. Best-ever turkey chili

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9. Slightly smoky mixed-bean chili

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10. Tuxedo chili

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Spice up your bites

11. Chili cornbread dogs

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12. Spicy vegan sweet potato chili fries

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13. 6 essentials for quick-assembly chili mac

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14. Chili verde tochos

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15. Frito pie (or walking taco)

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16. Three-meat chili

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: 16 chili dishes for those chilly nights.