9 Crazy-Good Chilis You've Never Heard Of

Habanero Hellfire Chili
Photo: Baasinator

There's more than one way to make chili, and these unique chili recipes have what it takes to stand out from the crowd. From a fiery habanero and bacon-based recipe to a zesty dish equipped with peanut butter and bay leaf, we have the most surprising flavor profiles you'll ever find in a chili bowl. Check out out these unusually delicious chili recipes and serve up a mouthwatering surprise for dinner tonight.

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Chili with Chorizo and Chocolate

Chicken and Chorizo Chili in white bowl with sour cream on top
Linda T

"The smokiness of the bacon and liquid smoke complements the spiciness of the chorizo and sweetness of the chocolate in this chili," explains recipe creator Caroline M. Serve with a dollop of cilantro and sour cream or some chocolate shavings.

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Tequila Chili

Tequila Chili in light blue bowl
Photo by Meredith.

This simple chili recipe is spiked with tequila for an unexpectedly delicious bowl. Get ready for deep, meaty flavor that tastes even better the next day.

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Chef John's Cincinnati Style-Chili

Chef John's Cincinnati-Style Chili
Photo by Chef John.

This spice-forward chili is in a class of its own. Chef John's creation features cloves, cayennne, sugar, and apple cider vinegar for an irresistibly sweet tang.

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Caribbean Dream Chili

caribbean chili

A sweet and spicy recipe made with ground pork, sirloin, raisins, and olives is the chili you never knew you needed. This dish uses familiar spices like clove and cumin to balance the unique ingredients that you're sure to love.

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Skyline Lentil Chili

Skyline Lentil Chili
Buckwheat Queen

Think meat-free chili is just for vegetarians? Think again. This boldly tangy and savory dish features lentils, bell peppers, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne for a tase that will entice even die-hard meat-lovers.

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Peanut Butter Chili

Peanut Butter Chili

This mouthwatering vegetarian chili recipe incorporates peanut butter, black beans, and garlic for a result that's out of this world. You'll never look at your creamy peanut butter the same way again.

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Vegan Instant Pot® Jackfruit Chili

Vegan Instant Pot Jackfruit Chili
Vegan Instant Pot Jackfruit Chili. Plant Based Life

Dig into a plant-based chili option loaded with bright and spicy flavor. Jackfruit, crushed tomatoes, and adobo sauce take center stage in this incredibly delicious vegan recipe.

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Beef and Butternut Squash Chili

Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili in a white bowl

This rich, slightly sweet take on traditional chili has the deeply satisfying flavor you've been looking for. Add a side of cornbread and you've got yourself a deliciously cozy night in.

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Habanero Hellfire Chili

Habanero Hellfire Chili

This fiery 5-star chili doesn't shy away from the heat. Jalepeno, habanero, and Anaheim peppers are packed into this meat-lovers dish. Ground pork, beef, and bacon all add rich flavor that makes for an incredibly tasty spoonful.

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