Winter is Coming, Get Your Chili Recipes Ready!

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Chipotle Chili
Everyone who lives in a place where the weather gets a little cold probably eats some version of Chile con Carne, a type of North American stew which always includes either chile powder or chile peppers of some type. This dish has many regional variations, and can be adapted to suit most any diet. If you have a favorite chili recipe, let us know in the comments just how you make your version, but meanwhile, here are a few unique unique bowls of chili food bloggers have been raving over.

Vegetarian Chili
Let's start with vegetarian chili, like the yummy looking Chipotle Chile in our photo, created by Nupur from One Hot Stove. In her vegan chile, Nupur uses two kinds of beans, soy meatballs, onions, bell peppers, carrots, squash, tomato puree, and for the chile flavor, chipotle peppers in adobo.

Another vegan chili recipe for Gold Rush Chili from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, has some similar ingredients to Nupur's chili, but adds cumin, oregano, and butternut squash for a slightly different twist.

A unique but wonderful sounding vegetarian chili is the Hemp Seed Chili at In Mol Araan. This time there are 1 1/2 cups of hemp seeds, pinto beans, and an herb called epazote added to some more traditional chile ingredients.

Finally Deb's Three Bean Chili at Smitten Kitchen sounds mighty interesting, with pinto beans, black beans, and kidney beans, and just a touch of unsweetened chocolate.

Chili with Only Meat, No Beans
Lisa from Homesick Texan comes from the state that has declared chili to be it's official state dish. Lisa has perfected the making of Texas Chili (all beef, no beans or tomatoes, ever!) and reveals her secrets in How to Make a Pot of Texas Red, Part One and Part Two. There are a couple of secret ingredients revealed here, so read carefully.

Another delicious looking bowl of tasty red can be found at Meathenge, who offers up A Bowl of Red - California Style. There's plenty of meat, as you might expect from a blog called Meathenge, but as Biggles points out, great chili is really about the chile peppers, and this version uses dried New Mexico Red and Casilla chile peppers, with a bit of chile powder at the end.

Chili with Meat and Beans
Lots of people like chili with meat and beans, and Jaay D at Culinarily Obsessed has been trying to perfect her recipe for chili. Her latest version of Thick and Meaty Chili sounds very good, with a list of ingredients that lots of kitchens would be able to come up with.

At Rose's Recipes Rose has Beef Chili with Kidney Beans, which she says is "a great basic beef chili." I like the addition of ground coriander to this recipe, which is something I think would taste great in chili.

Finally, for step-by-step photos galore of how to make a meat and bean chili, check out Tango's Rockin' Kickin' Chili at The Suburban Gourmet. Matt has a special chili cooking pot, and he wouldn't make chili without it, and the addition of Italian Sausage here along with all the spicy ingredients really sounds interesting.

Chili Made with Chicken or Turkey
Our final chili category is chili made with chicken, which is often called "White Chili" when it also doesn't contain tomatoes. Terry at Blue Kitchen has a tasty looking version of White Chili with More Spice Than Fire which has a few unique ingredients, including mushrooms.

At Everything Rachael Ray, Madeline features Rachael's recipe for Buffalo Chicken Chili which has smoked paprika and hot sauce, as well as the interesting touch of corn chips with melted blue cheese on top.

One more recipe with turkey that caught my eye was the one for My Favorite Smoky Turkey Chili at A Mingling of Tastes. This version not only has black beans, but also sweet potatoes, one of my current favorite ingredients, as well as chipotle chile powder and poblano chiles.

Blogher Contributing Editor Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen, where her favorite chili recipe has to be Turkey and White Bean Chili with Chocolate.

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