I would imagine there are more chili recipes in the world than any other dish. Chili has an interesting past (of course debated, but North America is safe to say as it covers so much ground) and while people fight over the origin, all I care about is the one I get to eat and share with my family and friends. 

Chili is a dish of stewed peppers and meat, it can be served on its own, topped with simple or intricate garnishes, served over rice or even pasta. There are more variations of chili than one person can attempt, but that won’t stop us from trying. There are many styles of chili including but not limited to Chili con Carne, Chili Verde, Chili Adovado, Cincinnati Chili, White Chili, Rocky Mountain Chili, Vegetarian Chili (I know, I know) and Five Alarm Chili. 

Here are some recipes that have made my guests beg for more:

What I think of when someone says chili. Insanely easy, with beans:

Crowd Pleaser.


Chili Verde:


White Chili:

Great dish to freeze for a busy night.


Chili Con Carne:


Vegan Red Lentil “Chili”:

Vegan “Chili” over Jasmine Rice with Jalapeño Hush Puppies.


This dish was delicious and so healthy that it made me feel like Wonder Woman feeding it to my family. I made it over rice because that is how the little one likes it and I made the Hush Puppies with my homemade creamed corn, delicious! This dish was even better the next day and went to school with the kids and work with the husband. The first time I make a recipe I always like to stick as close to the recipe as possible so that I know the quality of the recipe and the only thing that I changed was that I made a pincage with the tomato paste before adding the liquid and I used fresh corn instead of canned corn. To make this dish over the top delicious I added Dirty Dick’s Hot Sauce and it was a match made in culinary heaven.

Day 2- I added the chili to elbow macaroni with some shredded sharp cheddar
and Dirty Dick’s Hot Sauce and it was incredible!

When you make chili, experiment with the ingredients that your family prefers and play with heat levels. If you need to keep it mild for a certain person you can either season in your own portion or take the mild portion out and season the pot as desired. My favorite hot sauce right now is the Classic Hot Sauce from Heatonist. https://heatonist.com/products/hot-ones-the-classic?variant=14718540284002. It’s not very spicy but the flavor is incredible (especially on egg dishes…)

About Julie Parkis

About Julie Parkis

Mom, MBA, Yogi, CIA grad and food enthusiast looking to share knowledge of food/cooking and general wellness information.

I am happiest in the kitchen with people who love food as much as I do!



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