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Quick Chili Recipes

For a busy weeknight, these quick chili recipes are the perfect meal fix. Recipes include meatless chili, bean chili, salsa chili, Southwestern chili, kielbasa chili and more.

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This combines the flavors of a chili dog in one bowl! I make it when I need a hot, hearty meal in a hurry. It's also great for football games. —Audra L. Duvall, Canoga Park, California
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Three-Bean Taco Chili

Three-Bean Taco Chili

Three-Bean Taco Chili

This hearty chili is filling, nourishing and tastes like it simmered all day long. Leftover chili freezes well for a later time, so why not make a double recipe? To freeze: Cool remaining chili and transfer to freezer containers. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. To use frozen chili: Thaw in the refrigerator. Place in a saucepan and heat through. —Wanda Lee, Hemet, California

Chili For Two

Chili For Two

Chili For Two

"This flavorful chili is still thick and hearty even though it makes a small batch," confirms Norma Grogg of St. Louis, Missouri. "I serve it with a salad of grapefruit and avocado slices."

Spicy Chili Seasoning Mix

Spicy Chili Seasoning Mix

Spicy Chili Seasoning Mix

"Having the seasonings mixed up in advance makes stirring up a batch of chili a breeze," suggests Mary Henderson of Opelika, Alabama. "It's a bold but pleasant blend. I like the round steak and ground beef combination."
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Southwest Chili con Carne

Southwest Chili con Carne

Southwest Chili con Carne

You'll only need one skillet and 20 minutes to whip up this hearty, slightly spicy Chili Con Carne. —Marline Emmal of Vancouver, British Columbia

Heartwarming Chili

Heartwarming Chili

Heartwarming Chili

A touch of baking cocoa gives this chili a rich flavor without adding sweetness. When I was growing up in the North, we served chili over rice. But after I married a Texan, I began serving it with chopped onions, shredded cheese and, of course, corn bread! —Audrey Byrne, Lillian, Texas

Meatless Chili

Meatless Chili

Meatless Chili

"My husband is a big meat eater, so when he's out of town, I try to cut back on meat and make this hearty chili," relates Eve Visser of South Bend, Indiana. "It's very quick and easy."

Bewitching Chili

Bewitching Chili

Bewitching Chili

Anne Mitchell of Lynchburg, Ohio lends a family favorite to our menu. Beef, tomatoes, garlic and cumin create her hearty homespun chili.

Flavorful Southwestern Chili

Flavorful Southwestern Chili

Flavorful Southwestern Chili

“This filling, hearty recipe comes from my grandmother,” writes Jenny Greear from Huntington, West Virginia. “It’s full of flavor, freezes beautifully and makes a complete, last-minute meal. I top it grated cheddar cheese and chopped black olives and serve tortilla chips on the side.” JENNY’S TIP: “If I’m feeding a crowd, I increase the pinto beans to four cans to make the meat go farther.”

Bread Bowl Chili

Bread Bowl Chili

Bread Bowl Chili

I like meals that are simple to prepare, yet offer maximum taste. Served in hallowed-out rolls, this hearty chili offers extra zip with two kinds of meat, beans and jalapeno pepper. Sometimes I serve the chili in one large round bread loaf. —Tonya Burkhard, Davis, Illinois

Salsa Chili

Salsa Chili

Salsa Chili

You'll need just five ingredients to stir up this quick-and-easy chili from Jane Bone of Cape Coral, Florida. "We like to use medium salsa for zippy flavor, but sometimes I use half mild and half medium," she notes. "Sprinkle hearty servings with shredded cheddar cheese and other tasty toppings," Jane suggests.

Contest-Winning Garden Harvest Chili

Contest-Winning Garden Harvest Chili

Contest-Winning Garden Harvest Chili

Meet the Cook: I started making my chili back when we lived near a huge farmers' market that sold all sorts of vegetables. Be as creative as you like with ingredients. My husband loves chili, and this is a nice change from the traditional type. I've always enjoyed cooking - I grew up in a family with five girls. These days, I can count on our own youngsters (they're 4 and 2) to help me out! -Judy Sloter, Charles City, Iowa
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