This time of year there’s nothing better than a pot of bubbling chili on the stove – or in the slow cooker – scenting the house with its powerful aromas. When cooking for game day, chili is practically a requirement. It makes an easy weekend dinner for the family, and can provide leftovers for lunch or a weeknight dinner (hello, Monday night!).
Choose one of our five favorite chili recipes and plan to settle in and make the ultimate comfort food. That’s what winter weekends are all about.
Lean buffalo meat adds rich flavor to this hearty chili, along with our heirloom Haricot Tarbais beans. Feel free to make a day ahead and let the flavors settle. Like cassoulet, chili is always better the next day. Serve with your favorite toppings and cornbread.
Our Berkshire pork shoulder cooks slow and low in a mixture of fresh salsa verde, roasted green chili peppers, and chicken stock in this versatile recipe. Serve with tortillas or corn chips and top with chopped jalapeño peppers to add a little heat.
Who needs beans when you have beef, beer, and bacon? Our boneless beef short ribs cook slowly in a rich combo of pureed chiles, dark beer, beef stock, bacon, and spices. A little dark chocolate at the end adds depth of flavor – don’t skip it.
Our white chicken chili uses Haricot Tarbais, the same white French beans we use for cassoulet. It is light yet intensely satisfying and has just the right amount of heat. But the best part? Your slow cooker does most of the work.
This recipe is from Steve Sando, founder of Rancho Gordo, the acclaimed specialty food company that distributes heirloom produce, seeds, and beans. It uses Anasazi beans, which are are heirloom beans from the Southwest, and named for the ancient tribes that cultivated these beans there. These speckled heirloom beans hold their shape beautifully in this spicy buffalo chili. If you cannot find Anasazi beans, substitute kidney or pinto.
Our Cast Iron Cornbread with Bacon makes the perfect accompaniment to any chili and is quite nice on its own when slathered with honey butter.
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