10 slow-cooker chili recipes to feed (and please) a crowd

Feb. 28, 2014 at 2:06 PM ET

There’s nothing like walking through the door on a freezing night and catching a whiff of a fragrant chili—piping-hot and ready to be ladled into a big bowl. So what better way to greet guests at a winter dinner party? These 10 chili variations are the season's most perfect slow-cooker meals.

Slow-cooker taco chicken chili


This addictive chili involves pretty much zero prep time. What’s “taco” about it? The shredded chicken, plus spices like cumin and chili powder. Get the recipe.

Slow-cooker quinoa white chili with roasted poblanos

Slow Cooker Quinoa White Chili with Roasted Poblanos
Potluck at Oh My Veggies

Jammed with vegetables, quinoa and earthy beans, this good-for-you chili is the ultimate comfort food. Get the recipe.

Slow-cooker pumpkin chili

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili
Mom Advice

As Amy of Mom Advice explains: “When you lean in to smell the chili in your slow cooker, it will smell like pumpkin pie, but you will see chili in there and get super confused.” Pumpkin pie and chili? Sounds like a winning combination to us. Get the recipe.

Paleo crockpot chili

Paleo Crock Pot Chili
Freerange Human

So many crazy things happening in this chili! Bacon + ground beef + cacao powder + smoked paprika are just a few of the flavor contenders. Get the recipe.

Slow-cooker white bean chili with chicken and corn

Crock Pot White Bean Chili with Chicken and Corn
Yankee Kitchen Ninja

This one doesn’t look like chili at first glance, but just take a bite: White beans, tender chicken, corn, cayenne, green chilis and chili powder come together in a smart, easy chili recipe your friends will be shaking you down for afterwards. Get the recipe.

Slow-cooker pork chili

Slow Cooker Pork Chili
The Yummy Life

This protein-packed chili would be perfect by itself or as a topping on the best baked potato ever. Get the recipe.

Slow-cooker beanless chili

Slow Cooker Beanless Chili
Zest & Zeal

A surefire crowd-pleaser, this chili is for those dinner parties or potlucks where some guests are bound to be gluten-free, or vegan, or what have you. It has zero gluten, no beans, and it can easily be made dairy-free too.  Get the recipe.

Slow-cooker roasted poblano pepper chili

Slow Cooker Roasted Poblano Pepper Chili
Patricia's Patticakes

Here’s a chili that’s definitely not for the spicy-food-phobic: It packs a fierce combination of poblano chilies, jalapeños, chili powder, ground chipotle, and cayenne pepper. Get the recipe.

Slow-cooker turkey mole chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Mole Chili
Smokin' Chestnut

The prep time for this chili is extra-quick: Just chop an onion and a couple of carrots, cook the turkey for a few minutes, then throw everything in the slow cooker. Get the recipe.

Slow-cooker bean and sweet Potato Chili

Slow Cooker Bean & Sweet Potato Chili
Little Bites Recipes

Sweet potatoes give fabulous texture and flavor to this bean-centric chili. If you’re vegan and/or gluten-free, this is an excellent option for you. Get the recipe.