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16 Chili Recipes to Satisfy Every Game Day Guest

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Chili was a serious point of contention in my household. It took my beef-averse sister years to convince my dad to switch to chicken; my mom prefers fewer beans and more peppers. And no one but me likes my version with smoked paprika. My family’s chili issues are a sort of microcosm of the larger chili-eating world: There’s the Texas crew, who insist beans and tomatoes should stay far away. There are those that swear by bison, lamb, and other non-traditional (for some) cuts of meat. There are those, of course, who want no meat involved at all.

Yet we all seem to agree that chili—whatever “chili” means to us—is something we’re quite willing to enjoy on a weekly basis all winter long, especially around the end of football season. These 16 recipes aim to satisfy all your game day guests, whatever chili team they root for:

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Team Traditionalist:

Best Ever Turkey Chili
Best Ever Turkey Chili
Just Good Chili
Just Good Chili
Chrissy's Best Chili Ever
Chrissy's Best Chili Ever
Short Rib Chili
Short Rib Chili

Team Adventurous:

Indian Spiced Lamb Chili
Indian Spiced Lamb Chili
Chili Gumbo
Chili Gumbo
Tuxedo Chili
Tuxedo Chili
Short Rib and Pumpkin Chili
Short Rib and Pumpkin Chili

Team Bean-Free (aka The Texans):

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A Bowl of Red
A Bowl of Red
Chili al Pastor
Chili al Pastor
Frito Pie
Frito Pie
A Bowl of Green
A Bowl of Green

Team Meat-Free:

Slightly Smoky Mixed-Bean Chili
Slightly Smoky Mixed-Bean Chili
Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili
Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili
Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili
Tempeh Chili
Tempeh Chili

What chili team are you on? Tell us in the comments!

Tags: chili, football