13 Hearty Chili Recipes to Warm You Up This Winter

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A hearty bowl of chili with tortilla chips

This Groundhog Day, Phil saw his shadow—meaning we’ve got six more weeks of snow, shoveling and shivering to go. A steaming bowl of chili is the perfect remedy for this long, chilly winter. And it will do more than just warm you up.

Studies have found that eating spicy foods like chili peppers may help you live longer, decrease your risks of heart attack and stroke, and could even help with your weight loss efforts. Spicy chili can increase your body temperature, increasing the amount of calories you burn. And it may also control your appetite over time, so you don’t get hungry again as soon after your spicy meal.

Get all these benefits—and a big bowl of flavor—with one of these 13 recipes for chili that are perfect for curling up on the couch as you wait for spring.

1. One-Pot Ground Beef Chili >

One-Pot Ground Beef Chili

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 Vegetable, 1 PowerFuel, and 1 Extra

One of the best resources for weight loss tips and healthy recipes is you—our Nutrisystem members. And this recipe is just one more great thing that you’ve provided to our weight loss community! This flavorful, one-pot chili was shared on our Recipe Submission page by Melody, a real Nutrisystem member. Featuring lean beef, black beans and no nonsense, this classic chili recipe is ready in less than an hour and makes five hearty servings. Click here for the full ground beef chili recipe! >

2. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Chili >

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Chili

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Vegetable (add 1 Extra if using cream cheese)

Fill your home with the aroma of hearty pumpkin and spicy jalapeno without filling your sink with dirty dishes. Just put beans, chicken breast, onions, peppers and some cans of tomatoes, chiles, beans and chicken broth into your slow cooker with a few spices. Then sit back, relax and let the slow cooker do the rest. All that’s left to do is shred the chicken once its fork-tender. Grab a bowl and top it with cilantro before digging in. Get the full pumpkin chili recipe right here! >

3. No-Bean Vegan Sweet Potato Chili >

No-Bean Vegan Sweet Potato Chili

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 2 PowerFuels, 1 SmartCarb, 3 Extras and 1 Vegetable

If you’ve been trying to eat less meat this year, you may feel like you’re turning into a bean—legumes are heart-healthy and weight-loss friendly, delivering a punch of protein and fiber. Give yourself a bean break: This chili starts with a plant-based, alternative ground beef, then adds more flavor and heartiness with sweet potato, corn, bell peppers and fire-roasted tomatoes. And it’s got the classic chili flavors you’ll love cozying up with: It’s spiced with cumin, minced garlic, onions and, of course, chili powder. Check out the full vegan chili recipe here! >

4. Skinny Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dip >

Skinny Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dip

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 1/2 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 2 Extras

When you’re on a weight loss journey, one favorite that can be tough to give up is chips and dip. It’s so satisfying to plunge deep into a bowl of gooey, cheesy, flavorful goodness while watching a movie or game. One of Nutrisystem’s biggest secrets to success is that you don’t have to forgo your favorite foods. You’ve just have to eat controlled portions of them, and add some healthy ingredients to give your body the vitamins and fuel it needs to function as you progress towards your goal. This Chili Cheese Dip does just that, with no compromise: It’s as creamy as any dip you’ve ever had, with protein-packed Greek yogurt swapping in for cream cheese. It pops with flavor from spicy cumin, paprika and chili powder. Plus, it’s super-duper cheesy. Make it for your next get-together, and watch it disappear! Click here for the full chili cheese dip recipe! >

5. Grilled Chili and Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes >

Grilled Chili and Cheese Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 2 SmartCarbs and 1.5 PowerFuels

This recipe looks—and tastes—like it’s been lifted from the menu of your favorite sports bar or pub: Each baked sweet potato is stuffed with chili and topped with melty cheese. And it couldn’t be easier to make! Wrap the potatoes in foil and toss them on the grill for an hour, then slice them in half and top with turkey chili and cheese. It’s hearty, it’s melty, it’s simple … and it’s delicious! Get the full chili stuffed potato recipe right here! >

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6. Chili Cheese TikTok Tortilla Wrap Hack >

Chili Cheese TikTok Tortilla Wrap Hack

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 2 Extras

TikTok isn’t just for viral dances, and it isn’t just for teens. The app is loaded with food ideas—some genius, and some … not so much. This simple tortilla-folding hack fits squarely in the genius category. It’s a simple way to make a wrapped meal that has no mess, and guarantees your ingredients will be evenly distributed in each bite. Our simple, four-ingredient chili cheese wrap has warm turkey chili, creamy avocado, melty cheese, and crunch from lettuce. Thanks to the wrap technique, it stays crunchy through every healthy bite. Check out the full chili wrap recipe here! >

7. Chunky Veggie Chili >

Chunky Veggie Chili

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 1 Vegetable

Get ready for some serious flavor: This vegetarian chili starts with fire-roasted jalapenos—fire-roasted by you! By placing the peppers under the broiler or directly on the open flame of a burner, you’ll char them all over, bringing out more flavor in each pepper. Those flame-licked green gems become the base of bowls that are brimming with zucchini, onion, tomato, black beans, garlic and more ingredients that make each bite a warm, tasty adventure. Add in a dash of melty cheese and the crunch of crushed tortilla chips, and this bowl’s got it all—even without meat. Click here for the full veggie chili recipe! >

8. Loaded Chili Cheese Fries >

Loaded Chili Cheese Fries

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 2 SmartCarbs, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Extra

Think you can’t eat the foods you love and still lose weight? Think again. Thanks to the magic of your air fryer, you can create healthy fries at home—with less mess, less fat, less work and just as much of the fry flavor you love. By cutting russet potatoes into your own fries, you get to customize the shape you want—shoestring, steak wedges, slightly thick, super thin—and stay on track. Top them with cheese and Nutrisystem’s already-awesome Chili with Beans, and you’ve got a plate of real-deal chili cheese fries that will actually help you lose weight! Get the full chili cheese fries recipe right here! >

9. Chicken Chili and Cornbread Casserole >

Chicken Chili and Cornbread Casserole

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 2 PowerFuels, 1 SmartCarb, 1/2 Vegetable and 2 Extras

This meal is two-in-one, and it’s all cooked in one oven-safe cast iron pan. After assembling a classic, flavorful chicken chili at the bottom of the pan, you’ll slather the top with your own, homemade cornbread batter—don’t worry, it’s easy! The whole thing—chili and cornbread—goes into the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, creating an eye-catching, guest-pleasing casserole that combines all your favorite chili flavors into a single serving. This one may just become your “secret,” special recipe—and the biggest secret is that this tasty dish is healthy! Check out the full chili casserole recipe here! >

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10. Savory Turkey Chili >

Savory Turkey Chili

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 1 SmartCarb, 2 PowerFuels and 2 Vegetables

If you’re still not a vegetable lover, this bowl’s for you. Getting your heart-healthy, cancer-fighting daily servings of non-starchy vegetables has never been easier. This chili is fortified with celery and spinach, giving it a double-punch of vegetables that you probably won’t even notice. You’ll be too busy enjoying the flavors of hearty ground turkey breast, peppers, onions and a pile of tasty spices. Click here for the full turkey chili recipe! >

11. Slow Cooker Brisket Chili >

Slow Cooker Brisket Chili

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Vegetable

Real beef brisket and your slow cooker team up to star in this super healthy bowl. The meat is cooked to perfection as it simmers all day with bell peppers, onions, beans, potatoes, beef broth and spices. Drop the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning. Then when it’s time to ring the dinner bell, your work’s already done. You’ll have created a delicious, gourmet bowl of chili bursting with flavor from brisket. Plus, you’ll only have two dishes to clean up: the vessel of your slow cooker, and the bowl you just ate from! Get the full slow cooker chili recipe right here! >

12. Air Fryer Chili Potato Skins >

Air Fryer Chili Potato Skins

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 1/2 SmartCarb, 1/2 PowerFuel and 2 Extras

You don’t need an excuse to eat chili-stuffed potato skins: They’re perfect as an appetizer, a hearty weekend lunch, a meal at game time or even a midweek dinner. And they’re so simple to prepare that you’ll want to eat these favorites all week. Just bake the potato, then scoop out the filling and toss it in your air fryer. Top each potato half with your favorite chili—like Nutrisystem’s Chili with Beans—and some cheese, and you’ve got a crispy, hearty potato skin. Add a salad or some steamed broccoli on the side, and you’ve got a well-rounded, delicious meal that will support your weight loss goals and let you eat this pub grub favorite! Check out the full air fryer chili potato skins recipe here! >

13. Butternut Squash Turkey Chili >

Butternut Squash Turkey Chili

On Nutrisystem, counts as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 1 Extra and 1 Vegetable

The turkey-and-squash flavors of this chili are pumped up by tongue-tingling serrano chiles, as well as onion, garlic and a handful of classic chili spices. When butternut squashes go on sale at your grocery store, grab a bundle: You can make a double or triple batch of this hearty recipe and freeze it. Then you’ll have delicious bowls of this warm, cozy homemade chili just waiting in your freezer for days you just don’t want to cook. Click here for the full butternut squash chili recipe! >

Hungry for more hearty chili?

Enjoy this comfort food classic without the cooking! Stock up on these delicious meals from Nutrisystem: