Sweater weather is upon us! It's getting chilly out, and, as we feel the crisp wind nip our faces and watch the leaves change color, we simply cannot deny that fall is here in full force.
The best part of this season, as far as we are concerned, is the FOOD. Now that summer's over, we can start cooking rich, warming savory food again. So if you're looking to warm yourself by the fire, consider cooking up a nice hearty batch of chili!
You can totally cook most of these recipes in the slow cooker, if you want, although you'll probably want to briefly brown any ground meat and onions that you are using. Make sure you pour a little of the liquid you'll be using into the pan after to deglaze and scrape all the flavorful browned bits into your slow cooker!
If you want beef and beans and everything you're used to, start here and make the world's best version of your favorite classic chili dish.
This is a favorite of ours. Whether you're a bean hater, paleo or just an average omnivore looking for good chili, you'll love the mole-like depth of flavor that the cocoa powder brings. Eat this with anything.
The secret ingredient (it's cinnamon -- shhh, don't tell anyone!) brings something a little extra special. If you are looking to mix this one up, you can always dump in a small can of corn, black beans or a chipotle chili.
So much good stuff is going on in this recipe -- you have beef chuck (as in, not ground), slightly sweet squash (don't forget to get rid of the skin!), two different kinds of chilies, a crunchy pumpkin seed topping and the secret ingredient: lager.
Sounds weird, but the subtle sweet-savory-spicy combo will make your mouth water. The slightly sweet cherries provide a perfect contrast to the spicy kick this chili packs.
Honestly, what is a more satisfying combination than sweet potatoes and black beans? You'll just adore this sweet, slightly smoky, and yes, healthy take on chili. Top it with some freshly chopped avocado, some diced red onions and maybe a few crunchy tortilla strips for a satisfying kick.
Want to switch it up? You'll fall in love with this unique spin on chili, complete with savory, smoky black beans, allspice, golden raisins (a.k.a. the good ones) and sweet, chopped mango.