Andrew Purcell; Carrie Purcell
Whenever the weather gets unbearably cold, I make chili. The temperature wouldn’t often drop below 40 degrees where I grew up in Southern California, but on the rare occasion that it did, my mom would make a big batch, and it always did the trick. Heartier than a soup and spicier than your typical stew, it would literally warm me up from the inside out.
Now that I live in a way, way colder place, chili is pretty much on constant rotation in my kitchen from December through early April. It’s filled with delicious and healthy things like beans, meat, veggies, potatoes, and sometimes grains. And, it’s packed with fiber, protein, complex carbs, which means it’s pretty damn healthy, too. It’s not always the quickest thing to make (unless you have an Instant Pot, in which case it is very fast), but the nice thing about that is that you can set it on the stove (or in the ) and forget about it while it warms up your whole house. Hygge, anyone?
This year I intend to stray from my standard chicken-and-beans chili recipe and experiment with new and exciting variations. These 19 ideas are some of the most delicious-looking ones that I’ve been able to find, and I cannot wait to make them. There’s something here for everyone—whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or even doing Whole30—and one thing is true for all the recipes: They’ll definitely keep you warm.