Bring on the Cozy Vibes with 6 Healthy Ways to Eat Chili

You’re one dish away from instant comfort.

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If you find yourself stumped on what to cook for dinner this week, a piping hot bowl of chili is sure to satisfy all your cravings. Loaded with hearty veggies and fragrant spices, this one-pot dish is a cold weather must-make. Plus, a big batch can easily be packed up and taken for lunch the next day or reheated for dinner the following night. Choose your favorite from the list below — and don’t be surprised if a neighbor (or three) shows up for dinner unexpectedly.

Slow-Cooker Chili (pictured above)

If you spend a majority of your weekends running back and forth between football and soccer games, this ultra-flavorful chili is the one for you. Simply drop all your ingredients into a slow cooker and dinner will be ready whenever you are. It’s truly a game-winning meal.

Vegetarian Chili; Robin Miller

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Tara Donne

It’s super easy to go meatless for a day (or a few) with this veggie-loaded dish. You’ll use juicy tomatoes, a variety of beans, spicy bell peppers, fiery jalapenos and flavorful onions to make the hearty base and add in fluffy couscous for a finishing touch. Make it on a Sunday to enjoy when you get home from work or school on Monday (and Tuesday, and Wednesday and — you get the point.)

Photo by: Justin Walker

Justin Walker

If you have picky eaters in your house, this super cheesy, kid-friendly approach to classic chili is sure to be a hit. Follow the recipe as is for those who like spice and omit a few ingredients for those who don’t – everyone's sure to ask you for a second serving either way.

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Chef Name: Ree DrummondFull Recipe Name: Chipotle Chicken ChiliTalent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s Chipotle Chicken Chili, as seen on The Pioneer WomanFNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, HOLIDAY/SUPER BOWL/COMFORT/HEALTHYShow Name: The Pioneer WomanFood Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Ree Drummond Full Recipe Name: Chipotle Chicken Chili Talent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s Chipotle Chicken Chili, as seen on The Pioneer Woman FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, HOLIDAY/SUPER BOWL/COMFORT/HEALTHY Show Name: The Pioneer Woman Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Ree DrummondFull Recipe Name: Chipotle Chicken ChiliTalent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s Chipotle Chicken Chili, as seen on The Pioneer WomanFNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, HOLIDAY/SUPER BOWL/COMFORT/HEALTHYShow Name: The Pioneer WomanFood Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

This delicious chili from Ree Drummond is perfect for big batch cooking. Follow Ree's lead and cook your chicken in Mexican beer to infuse it with a sweet flavor unlike any you've ever tasted before.

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Justin Walker

If you've never worked with hominy or ground turkey before, this super simple recipe is a great one to start with. Plus, you'll only need 40 minutes in the kitchen to whip it up.

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Christopher Testani

Though it's not your average "chili" dish, these chili-stuffed sweet potatoes are so irresistible we had to include them on this list. Each one is stuffed with a yummy combination of crumbly beef, gooey cheddar cheese, fresh pico de gallo and crunchy scallions to give you the perfect guilty pleasure dish, without even a fraction of the guilt.

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