The 15 Absolute Best Chili Recipes for National Chili Month

Celebrate National Chili Month this October with one of our all-time best chili recipes
chili con carne

October is National Chili Month and there’s no better way to pay your respects to one of America’s most iconic dishes than to cook up a big vat of the stuff to share with family and friends

It all started in San Antonio, Texas, in the 1800s; that's where and when chili, as a dish, was born.

The first written description of the original and legendary chili con carne was by Houston, Texas native J.C. Clopper who wrote: “When they [poor families of San Antonio] have to lay for their meat in the market, a very little is made to suffice for the family; it is generally cut into a kind of hash with nearly as many peppers as there are pieces of meat – this is all stewed together.”  

Nowadays, chili takes on many forms, having been tweaked and twisted, according to regional ingredients and tastes, by chefs and home cooks alike.  For many, a great chili recipe is a point of pride and a fiercely guarded family secret, never to be revealed but instead pitted against other great chili at cook-offs around America.

Since October is National Chili Month, there’s no better way to pay your respects to one of America’s most iconic dishes than to cook up a big vat of the stuff to share with family and friends.

Click here to find some absolutely essential chili-making tips, and check out this collection of chili recipes; some are spicy and some are meat-free, but whichever you make, just don’t forget to lay out the sour cream, fresh cilantro, and Cheddar for your guests to pile on top.

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