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Anne Byrn's White Bean Chili

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Anne Byrn's White Bean Chili

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From mild to five-alarm and everything in between, here are our absolute favorite 6 chili recipes

No matter if you like your chili mild or five-alarm, we’ve got you covered for your next chili cook-off, or any time you need a hearty, all-in-one meal. And if you happen to celebrate International Chili Day (why not?), it's coming up on Thursday. Bookmark one of the six blue-ribbon recipes below to whip up for the event.

Anne Byrn's White Bean Chili
By using rotisserie chicken, fresh green chilies, avocado and queso fresco as flavor shortcuts, this quick and easy chili is your gateway to a flavorful and light weeknight meal. Like any good chili recipe, you can prep the meal up until you add the toppings and store it in the fridge until ready to use.
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Quick and Easy Chili
Invited to a last-minute chili fest and need something fast? Don’t reach for the canned stuff — making it from scratch is oh-so-easy. This ultra-quick recipe guarantees that you'll never look back, thanks to quick-cooking ground beef and choice ingredients like poblano peppers, chipotles in adobo, and yes, crushed corn chips that up the flavor — but not the cooking time.
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Beef and Sausage Chili
Chili goes Cajun in this smoky, garlicy stew filled to the brim with ingredients like andouille sausage, cayenne pepper, kidney beans and ground beef. Serve this hearty chili with some crusty bread for dipping or some homemade mashed potatoes. This recipe can easily be doubled and stored in the freezer or fridge for a last-minute weeknight meal.
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Brisket Chili
The name of this chili game is low and slow — your patience will be rewarded with a deeply flavorful stew with an intense beef flavor, packed with garlic, tomatoes, peppers and a splash of beer. When shopping for your brisket, look for the leaner flat cut so you can avoid spending hours skimming rendered fat from the chili.
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Turkey Chili
The secret to the success of this light chili is brown sugar. Even chili purists can’t deny that it adds a sweet, rich finish to this hearty stew that stars a quartet of beans: chili, white, black, and red. Using turkey instead of ground beef in this recipe allows you to keep all the richness that comes with the cooked meat without having to drain off any fat.
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Frito Pie Bombs
Prefer to hold your favorite chili in your hand? Try this bite-sized homage to the classic Frito pie. It’s best to use pre-rolled pizza dough, like Pillsbury, compared to highly-leavened doughs from the bakery, which will puff up too much when cooking. Want to go the extra indulgent mile? Roll the shaped bombs in more crushed Fritos and then deep fry for an extra crisp touch.
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Photo credit (Quick and Easy Chili, Brisket Chili, Frito Pie Bombs): Ramona King 


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Dena Rayess is a recipe editor and cookbook author based in San Francisco. She enjoys exploring new foodways in and around the Bay Area and beyond, and has been known to whip up a mean house cocktail at dinner parties.

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