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By Alessandra Bulow

When the weather is cold, the first thing we think to grab, other than a sweater and perhaps a latte of the pumpkin spice variety — is a bowl of chili.

There's really nothing more hearty and comforting than a big steaming bowl of chili topped liberally with cheese and sour cream — especially on game day. Whether vehemently vegetarian vegan or crazily carnivorous, these chili recipes will always be there for you — to warm your hands and your heart.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili

Anchos and chipotles give this yummy dish a double dose of chili pepper flavor. One is mild and fruity (ancho) and the other is hot and smoky (chipotle). Fresh corn tortillas are pureed with the tomatoes, broth and chipotles, which thickens into a silky, luscious sauce as it cooks.

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Bill Geist's Gonzo Chili

TODAY's Willie Geist shares his dad's treasured family recipe for a hearty chili.

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10-Minute Black and Kidney Bean Chili

This is one of the simplest and most nourishing recipes. It only takes 10 minutes to put together and it's wonderfully filling. It's a great dish to make if you're feeding lots of people, too, as it's no more complicated to make for 12 people than it is for two. Also, it requires almost no chopping, so you won't be in the kitchen for hours!

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Meaty Wendy's-Style Chili

Take control of dinnertime with this easy, make-ahead chili recipe that's loaded with beef, beans and veggies.

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Joy Bauer's Buffalo Chicken Chili

This lightened-up version by TODAY nutritionist Joy Bauer has only 330 calories per serving.

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This hearty and delicious chicken and white bean chili is a cinch to prepare. Just toss all the ingredients into a slow cooker and let it simmer away!

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Chicken Chili Verde

This hearty chicken chili verde is a one-pot wonder. Serve it in bowls or turn it into over-the-top nachos!

Coffee-Rubbed Brisket and Black Bean Chili

For a crowd-pleasing party dish, cook up Matt Abdoo's coffee-rubbed brisket, then add it to spicy black bean chili. Try the brisket on its own, too. The delicious, tender meat is also great in sandwiches.

A chopped chipotle pepper adds subtle, smoky heat that's mellowed by the lager beer that simmers along with the rest of the ingredients. Soy sauce may seem like a surprising addition to chili, but it gives the dish a rounder, meatier flavor with plenti of umami.

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Katherine Heigl's Three-Bean Chili

Actress Katherine Heigl makes a hearty four-bean chili that's perfect for fall and for feeding lots of people.

Classic Beef Chili with Beans

You can't go wrong with this all-American classic.

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

Whether you need a game-day meal for a crowd or just want something warm and cozy on a cold day, this slow-cooker turkey chili is sure to please!

This article was originally published Jan. 18, 2017.