The Super Bowl is right around the corner, and like any good foodie, you’ve probably started planning out your menu. No matter what kind of chips, dip, or salsa you serve at your party this year, it’s just not The Super Bowl without one very important dish: chili.
But simply deciding to make chili still isn’t enough — there are so many different types, flavors and spice-levels of chili out there that knowing what you want to make can get a little overwhelming. Evaluate the various chili options below to get some yummy dinner ideas and determine which chili is best for your guests:
When you think about classic chili recipes, your mind probably goes straight to ground beef and beans. While different parts of the country disagree over whether or not beans belong in chili, the most traditional hearty chili recipes are tomato based and include ground beef or steak.
You absolutely don't need to stick to the ground beef-tomato formula in your chili recipes, though. Branch out and experiment with different flavors, proteins, and types of vegetables to find what combination works for you.
Lean meats like turkey and chicken are great sources of protein for your body that are typically healthier than red meats. Lucky for healthy eaters everywhere, these lean meats work excellent in chili recipes and can still provide you with a hearty, satisfying meal.
Eat leaner meats with this Best Ever Turkey Chili.
No meat? No problem. Vegetarian chili recipes are extremely popular with meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike. Vegetarian chili will fill you up much more than just a plate of steamed veggies or a salad and can include ingredients like pasta, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas for some extra substance.
Don’t eat meat at all with this Two Bean Vegetable Chili.
If you're the kind of eater who adds hot sauce to absolutely everything, then spicy chili is probably the chili for you. Look for recipes with extra spices, hot pepper sauce, or chili powder to set your mouth on fire — you can always cool it down with a dollop of sour cream!
Give your taste buds a kick with Spicy Beef and Bean Chili.
If a burning mouth isn't your cup of tea, stick to milder chili recipes. These ones use less chili powder and a lower dose of chili peppers. Avoid piling on jalapenos and stick to sour cream and cheese for your toppings.
Cool down your mouth with Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili.
You really can't go wrong with any type of chili, so experiment with a few different recipes and see which ones your taste buds respond to. Happy chili tasting!
Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith on behalf of ConAgra Foods. Visit ConAgraFoods.com to explore more recipes and get inspired for your next get-together.