A huge pot of chili simmering on the stove attracts friends and neighbors like moths to the light—the warmth and aroma inspiring an endless chorus of “Smells good! Whatcha making?” until it’s finally time to ladle out servings. Having a go-to chili recipe that you can adapt to cravings and dietary restrictions is a must for any home cook. If you’re unsure where to start, remember that chili traditionally has four components that can be endlessly customized. Here’s our breakdown:
The base - Classic chili base is usually a mixture of tomatoes and broth. If you’re feeling adventurous, swap the broth for your favorite beer.
The filler-upper - Your favorite beans, your favorite meat, or both.
Veggies to round it out - We’ve got our recommendations below, but if it’s a ‘whatever’s in the fridge’ kind of night, that works.
The toppings - Fresh herbs, cheese, and something crunchy on top—no chili is complete without!
Square Roots’ Big Pot of Chili is our classic base recipe. It’s all of our favorites, cooked to perfection, with room to mix, match, and customize to your heart’s content.