Cold weather is fast approaching. It’s the season of knitted layers and thick socks, and switching up your menu to include nourishing meals that’ll warm you up. Chili is one of the most hearty meals you can have. It is full of healthy ingredients, like beans, and packs a powerful flavor punch. Technically, chili is not soup because it’s too thick, but we like to think chili is just soup that’s allowed to simmer longer.
The debate of whether chili is soup is eternal — don’t let that stop you from trying these 14 incredibly warming chili soup recipes! They’re healthy, hearty, and perfect to cozy up with this winter.
Chili con carne is a classic dish — and this recipe transforms it into soup, perfect for chilly winter days. It is made by simmering beef, veggies, and mushrooms in a sauce flavored with spices, seasonings, stock, and more. It’s great as-is, but you can also serve it with whole-grain bread to sop up the soup’s delicious flavors.
Looking for a healthy dinner to serve your family? Try this cozy sweet potato chili. This vegetarian dish is loaded with good-for-you veggies. While it doesn’t have meat, it’s delicious enough to tempt even hardcore carnivores to reach for second servings. You can garnish it with your favorite toppings to add extra nutrition and flavor to the meal.
If you like mac and cheese, you will adore this soup. You only have to combine macaroni with chili, beef, and cheese in a slow cooker/instant pot and let it cook. We recommend using the instant pot if you’re short on time, but if you use the slow cooker, the chili soup will fill your home with the most amazing aromas as it cooks for nearly 8 hours — a win in our books!
A giant bowl of this soup is all you need to beat the winter blues. It calls for combining sweet potatoes and black beans with a sweet-savory soup prepared with onions, veggie stock, and salsa — producing a marriage of flavors that hits just the right spots on your taste buds. Feel free to add other spices and toppings you like for added oomph.
This extra-delish chili soup comes together in under an hour — convenient for weeknight meals. Prepare this rich, hearty, and healthy soup with white beans, corn, onions, three types of peppers, juicy protein-rich chicken, salsa Verde, chicken stock, and seasonings. Serve it topped with avocado, chopped onions, cilantro, pickled jalapeños, and sour cream, and experience bliss in every mouthful!
This savory soup is suitable for all seasons. In it, potatoes, mushrooms, jalapeño pepper, and seasonings are added to a broth, which is made with slow-roasted veggies, vegetable broth, and spices. This Mexican-inspired recipe is bursting with spicy flavors, and it tastes even better when garnished with red pepper flakes, parsley, and a lemon slice.
If you need a quick but healthy meal, look no further than this 30-minute hearty chili beef soup recipe. The soup gets its flavor from chili seasonings, peppers, and diced tomatoes. You can serve it garnished with cheese alongside cornbread or with tortilla chips for a filling meal. This recipe is versatile, so you can add whatever veggies you like for a nutrition boost.
This mouthwatering chili is a warm hug in a bowl. It’s a mild but deliciously flavored one-pot meal that is made with browned ground beef, beans, macaroni, and seasonings. Serve it topped with cheese alongside a grilled sandwich for a filling meal. You can also make it soupier, if you like, by modifying the amount of tomato juice.
This vegan mushroom chili soup recipe is so delicious no one will miss the meat. In it, beef is replaced with mushrooms and cooked with veggies to produce a hearty, healthy dish. You can flavor the chili with cayenne pepper, chili pepper, cumin, oregano, paprika, and maple syrup to enjoy exquisite flavors in every mouthful.
This spicy, savory tomato chili soup is incredibly satisfying. It is made by pureeing aromatic garlic, shallot, tomato paste, chili pepper, chicken stock, coconut milk, and spices with an immersion blender until silky smooth. Add seasonings to taste and serve it with an extra swirl of sweet, nutty coconut milk, some cilantro, and croutons for added crunch.
Hearty and warming, this chili soup has “winter staple” written all over it. The soup uses beans, beef, tomatoes, and a whole bunch of seasonings to produce a healthy meal that will keep you satiated for a while. You can serve it with cornbread to soak up the yummy flavors and store leftovers in the fridge to have a comforting meal later.
This light, brothy white chili soup is packed with delicious flavors and comes together in a snap. You can make it with white beans, green chilies, veggies, Greek yogurt, and spices, then serve it garnished with chopped cilantro, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips. You can also add shredded chicken to give the dish a nutrition boost.
13. Vegan Beer Chili
Vegan chili flavored with beer, this recipe puts a delicious spin on the popular favorite. It may seem like an unconventional addition, but the beer gives the dish a depth of flavor and texture. It also uses staple chili ingredients, and if you want a traditional meat version, you can add ground beef or turkey to it.
Take this hearty, creamy, and delicious chili to potlucks, and watch how quickly it’ll be devoured. The recipe uses shredded chicken and beans, and you can stir in sour cream and cheese before serving to give the soup an irresistible consistency. You can easily tailor it to your taste and dietary preferences to make it just the way you like!