Chili Ingredients

There are hundreds of ingredients that can be used to create a great bowl of chili. If you’re ready to try a new ingredient or two in your favorite chili recipe, browse through these pages of chili ingredients for a little inspiration.

Beans

To bean or not to bean? What goes in the pot can elicit strong opinions from chili lovers, especially when it comes to beans. Kidney beans and pintos are the darlings of the chili world, but black beans, white beans, garbanzos, or even edamame up the hearty quotient.

  • Kidney Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Black Beans
  • White Beans
  • Garbanzos
  • Edamame

Onions

Peppers

Spices

When it comes to seasoning chili, there’s the traditional option: regular and hot chili powder, or a mix of other herbs and spices. Another way to bring smoky spice is to use whole dried peppers that have been re-hydrated and pureed as in our Texas Red Chili and Sunday Football Chili. Find dried chiles such as spicy guajillos or mild anchos in the Mexican section of supermarkets or in Latin markets.

Toppings

  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Scallions
  • Sour Cream