The ultimate guide to what to serve with chili. From the best toppings to the perfect side dish all the way to dessert, here’s everything you need for the perfect pairings to make an amazing chili menu.
Read on for unique and classic sides like rice, casual finger foods, appetizing starters, sweet desserts, healthy options, veggie options, sandwiches to pair, and refreshing drinks.
Best Toppings for Chili
Chili is a heartwarming dish that stands out on its own, but the right topping ingredients can take the texture and taste to the next level. Here are some of the most beloved toppings that pair perfectly with a hot bowl of chili:
- Cheese: A generous sprinkle of shredded cheese, like cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack, or pepper jack, melts beautifully over a hot bowl, adding a creamy richness.
- Sour Cream: A dollop cools down the heat and adds a creamy tang. For a lighter version, you can use Greek yogurt.
- Pickled Onion: Pickled red onions are a perfect fresh, tangy counterpoint and make a gorgeous fuschia topping.
- Green Onions or Chives: These give a fresh, crisp bite and a pop of color.
- Jalapeños: Fresh or pickled, they add an extra kick for those who love their chili spicy.
- Avocado or Guacamole: Creamy avocado slices or a scoop of guacamole can provide a cooling contrast to the chili’s spice.
- Fresh Cilantro: This herb offers a burst of freshness and pairs wonderfully with Southwestern and Tex-Mex chilis.
- Tortilla Chips or Strips: Adding a crunchy texture, they can be crumbled over the top or simply dipped.
- Lime Wedges: A squeeze of lime can brighten up the flavors.
- Diced Tomatoes or Pico de Gallo: These add a fresh touch and can help temper the chili’s heat.
- Chili Flakes or Hot Sauce: For those who like their chili extra fiery, a sprinkle of chili flakes or a few dashes of hot sauce can turn up the heat.
- Red or White Onions: Finely diced, they add a punch of flavor and a crunchy texture.
- Bacon Bits: These add a smoky flavor and crispy texture that’s especially great with meaty chilis.
- Cornbread Crumbles: A southern favorite, crumbled cornbread soaks up the flavors and offers a sweet contrast.
|Cheese||Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack|
|Creamy||Sour Cream, Greek Yogurt, Avocado, Guacamole|
|Fresh Produce||Pickled Onion, Green Onions, Chives, Diced Tomatoes, Red/White Onions, Lime Wedges|
|Spice Boosters||Jalapeños, Chili Flakes, Hot Sauce|
|Crunchy||Tortilla Chips/Strips, Bacon Bits|
|Sweet & Savory||Cornbread Crumbles|
Here’s a handy cheat sheet to guide you on the best toppings for each of my chili recipes:
|Chili Recipe||Top Toppings|
|Chili Con Carne||Shredded Cheese, Jalapeños, Tortilla Chips, Bacon Bits|
|Instant Pot Chicken Chili||Avocado, Diced Tomatoes, Lime Wedges, Tortilla Strips|
|Cream Cheese Chicken Chili||Sour Cream, Green Onions, Fresh Cilantro, Bacon Bits|
|White Chicken Chili||Monterey Jack Cheese, Fresh Cilantro, Tortilla Chips, Lime Wedges|
|Green Chicken Chili||Avocado, Tortilla Strips, Fresh Cilantro, Lime Wedges|
|Chili Verde||Pickled Onion, Tortilla Chips, Diced Tomatoes, Fresh Cilantro|
Finger Foods That Go with Chili
Perfect for gatherings or casual dinners, finger foods like nachos, sliders, and quesadillas make for a delightful pairing with chili. Here are some of the top finger foods that complement chili perfectly:
1. Cornbread Muffins
Cornbread and chili are a classic combination. The slightly sweet and crumbly texture of cornbread muffins contrasts beautifully with the spicy and savory flavor of chili. Serve them fresh out of the oven for the perfect warm treat.
2. Tortilla Chips
Crispy tortilla chips are a great choice for scooping up chili. They add a crunchy texture to each mouthful. Lay them around the bowl or sprinkle crushed chips on top of your chili for an added crunch.
3. Cheese Straws
Cheese straws, crispy, cheesy, and with a slight kick, make an ideal snack alongside a bowl of chili. Place them in a tall glass or lay them on a platter for guests to grab.
4. Cheese Quesadilla Triangles
Filled with melted cheese and perhaps some sautéed veggies, mini quesadillas provide a cheesy counterpart to chili. Serve with guacamole or salsa for added flavor.
5. Garlic Knots
Soft, garlicky, and buttery, garlic knots can be used to mop up the delicious remnants of chili in your bowl. Warm them slightly before serving for the best experience.
6. Vegetable Sticks:
Fresh, crunchy vegetable sticks like celery, carrots, and bell peppers provide a refreshing contrast to a hot and hearty chili. Accompany them with a creamy dip or hummus.
7. Slider Buns
Soft, mini buns can be used to make chili sliders. Just spoon some chili between the buns, top with cheese, and you have a delicious bite-sized treat. Toast the buns slightly for added texture.
8. Pretzel Bites
Salty, chewy pretzel bites balance the flavors of chili wonderfully. Serve these bites with a cheese dip for an extra treat.
Appetizers that Pair Well with Chili
Kick off your chili feast with some appetizing starters. Dips, mini tacos, or stuffed peppers can set the right tone for the main dish
Dips are a versatile appetizer choice that pairs exceptionally well with chili. Consider serving a chunky guacamole, zesty salsa, or even a creamy queso dip. Pair them with tortilla chips, fresh vegetable sticks, or crispy bread for a match made in food heaven.
2. Baked Tacos
Shrink down the baked taco into a bite-sized treat. Fill mini tortilla shells with seasoned meat, beans, cheese, and a dollop of sour cream. These small bites pack big flavors and are a crowd favorite.
3. Mozzarella Sticks
4. Potato Skins
Think of golden-brown potato halves, generously loaded with melted cheese, a sprinkle of green onions, and the occasional bacon bit. These yummy bites have a perfect balance of crispy and creamy textures and would be a great way to start off a meal before having some hearty chili.
5. Stuffed Jalapeños
Bite into a jalapeño filled with creamy cheese and seasoned meat, wrapped in a crispy breadcrumb coating. These spicy delights are the perfect appetizer before diving into a chili main course. Pair with a cool ranch or cilantro-lime dip to complement the heat.
Best Side Dishes for Chili
Chili, with its rich flavors and comforting warmth, is often hearty enough to stand alone, but the right sides can make it truly shine.
A scoop of steamed rice alongside your chili can work wonders. The neutral taste of rice offers a balance to the spices of the chili, soaking up the sauce and providing a delightful texture contrast. For a healthier twist, brown rice or quinoa are great alternatives.
2. Cornbread Casserole
It’s hard to mention chili without thinking of cornbread. That hint of sweetness in cornbread is the perfect foil to chili’s heat, be it vegetable chili or meat-heavy version. Pair it with whipped honey butter or a drizzle of maple syrup.
3. Baked Potato or Sweet Potato
Baked potatoes provide a comforting base to chili, be it a traditional beef chili or a spicy chicken chili. Their mildness balances chili’s intensity. For an ideal serving, lay chili atop a split open baked potato or keep them side by side. Enhance with shredded cheese, green onions, or sour cream.
4. Fresh bread
Opt for no-knead artisan bread or soft dinner rolls, both of which effectively absorb the flavors while providing added texture. It’s a straightforward, yet satisfying addition to any chili meal.
5. Garlic Bread
Classic garlic bread (homemade or store-bought) or level up with these cheesy garlic fingers. It’s best served warm, either beneath the chili or on the side. For an added touch, sprinkle with parsley or parmesan.
To cut through the heaviness of chili, a fresh salad can be the ideal companion.
- A simple green salad with a tangy vinaigrette, or a zesty slaw can provide a refreshing contrast.
- A Southwestern salad, featuring black beans, corn, avocado, and zesty lime dressing, keeps with the chili theme.
7. French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries or Onion Rings
Ideal for dunking, especially if you have a thicker beef or pork chili. The crispy exterior and soft insides make for a perfect bite.
While maybe not the first thing that pops to mind, I love to serve a bowl of chili with fresh, warm, buttermilk drop biscuits.
Vegetables that Go with Chili
Chili, with its warm and spicy flavors, pairs beautifully with a variety of vegetables. Whether you want to mix them into your chili or serve them on the side, the right veggies can add texture, color, and additional layers of flavor to your meal. Here are some standout choices:
1. Bell Peppers
Their varied colors, from green to red to yellow, not only brighten the dish but also add a hint of sweetness and crunch. They can be diced and sautéed into the chili or sliced and served raw for an added crunch.
Whether it’s white, yellow, or red onions, they contribute depth and a touch of sweetness, especially when sautéed. They can be cooked into the chili’s base or, for a fresher take, green onions can be sprinkled on top.
The kernels of corn introduce a sweet burst, offering a textural contrast. You can incorporate them directly into the chili or relish roasted corn on the cob as a distinct side.
4. Zucchini and Summer Squash
With their mild flavors, these vegetables absorb the rich tones of chili. They can be diced into the chili or presented as grilled slices on the side.
5. Kale or Spinach
Adding these leafy greens introduces a nutrient-rich dimension to the chili. Simply stir them in during the final cooking minutes, ensuring they wilt perfectly without being overcooked.
Its creamy texture offers a soothing counter to chili’s heat. It can be layered on top of the chili or served as a complementary side, perhaps in the form of guacamole.
7. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes can be an unconventional yet tasty addition. Dice and cook them into the chili, or enjoy them as roasted wedges on the side.
Chili is a versatile dish that can be adapted to any season. To make the most of fresh, seasonal produce and infuse your chili with vibrant flavors, check out the table below for ingredients that shine in each season.
|Bell Peppers||Sweet Potatoes||Onions||Zucchini|
|Zucchini||Brussels Sprouts||Kale||Bell Peppers|
|Summer Squash||Sweet Potatoes||Spinach|
Sandwiches to Serve with Chili
Choosing the right sandwich to serve with your chili can transform your meal from great to exceptional. Whether you’re in the mood for something light and fresh or rich and hearty, there’s a sandwich out there that’s the perfect match for your bowl of chili.
1. Classic Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese sandwiches go as well with chili as they do a bowl of tomato soup. Dip a corner of the sandwich into the chili for a combined bite of crunchy, creamy, and spicy.
2. BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato)
The salty bacon combined with fresh lettuce and juicy tomatoes offers a refreshing counterpoint to hearty chili. Serve with a spicy chili to contrast the cool crispness of the BLT.
3. Avocado Toasted Sandwich
Ripe avocado slices on toasted bread provide a creamy texture that can help tame the heat from a spicy chili. Add a sprinkle of chili flakes on the avocado for extra heat if desired.
4. Meatball Sub
Juicy meatballs with marinara sauce in a sub roll can be a meat lover’s delight alongside chili. Since this is a richer sandwich option, pair with a lighter, broth-based chili.
5. Turkey and Swiss
Lean turkey paired with the mild flavor of Swiss cheese is a delightful light option. This sandwich, with its simple and savory profile, contrasts nicely with a rich, smoky beef chili. For an added layer of flavor, consider spreading a touch of cranberry sauce or mustard, which can highlight the spicy notes in your chili.
6. Veggie Sub
Loaded with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers, this sandwich offers a crunchy, fresh counter to spicy or meat-heavy chili.
7. Tuna Salad Sandwich
The cool, creamy tuna salad, with its mild taste, can mellow out a particularly fiery chili’s kick.
8. Chicken Caesar Wrap
Grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, and Caesar dressing wrapped in a tortilla creates a combination that’s both hearty and fresh. A white bean chicken chili, with its lighter profile and similar poultry base, would be a harmonious match, with the Caesar dressing adding a creamy dimension to the mix.
9. Egg Salad Sandwich
The soft and creamy egg salad offers a mellow taste, a delicate counterpoint to a chili’s robust flavors. A vegetarian chili, perhaps one with a tomato base and a variety of beans, would let both the sandwich and chili shine without one overshadowing the other.
Here’s a cheat sheet to perfectly pair your sandwich with the right chili:
|Sandwich Name||Best Paired With|
|Classic Grilled Cheese||Any chili type|
|Avocado Toasted Sandwich||Spicy chili|
|Meatball Sub||Lighter, broth-based chili|
|Turkey and Swiss||Rich, smoky beef chili|
|Veggie Sub||Spicy or meat-heavy chili|
|Tuna Salad Sandwich||Fiery chili|
|Chicken Caesar Wrap||White bean chicken chili|
|Egg Salad Sandwich||Vegetarian chili|
What to Eat With Chili That’s Healthy
Pairing your chili with these healthy sides ensures a balanced, flavorful, and nutrient-rich meal. By making a few smart choices, you can enjoy the comfort of chili without compromising your health goals. Here are some ideas:
1. Green Salads with a Zesty Vinaigrette
A fresh green salad, filled with leafy greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, and maybe even some avocado slices, can be a refreshing counterpoint to chili’s heartiness. Opt for a zesty vinaigrette made with olive oil, lime, or lemon juice, and a touch of honey or agave.
2. Quinoa or Brown Rice
Switch out the usual white rice for quinoa or brown rice. Both grains are rich in fiber, protein, and essential minerals. They provide a wholesome base that complements the robust flavors of the chili.
3. Steamed, Roasted or Air Fryer Veggies
Vegetables like broccoli, green beans, Brussels sprouts, or zucchini can be simply steamed or roasted as a hot alternative to the soup-and-salad combo. Their natural flavors pair well with chili, offering a nutrient-packed side.
These crispy maple-roasted brussels sprouts are almost candied, they get so sweet with the roasting and a drizzle of maple syrup. The sweetness is a really nice counterpoint to the spicy chili.
Avocado, with its healthy fats and creamy texture, can be a delicious and nutritious addition to chili. You can either slice the avocado and serve it as a topping or whip up one of these perfect avocado-based recipes.
A blend of avocados, lime juice, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, green onions, and tomatoes creates this refreshing dip. Adding a dollop to your chili introduces a fresh, cooling element, complementing especially well with rich, meaty chilis.
This creamy sauce combines avocados, sour cream or yogurt, lime juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro. Drizzling it on top or mixing into spicier versions of chili provides both a smooth contrast and a gentle cooling sensation.
5. Baked Tortilla Chips
If you love the crunch of chips with your chili but want a healthier alternative to the fried version, opt for baked tortilla chips. Even better, make your own by baking whole wheat tortillas until crispy.
6. Kale Chips
For a crunchy, nutritious snack, toss some kale leaves with a bit of olive oil and your favorite seasonings, then bake until crisp. They’re a delightful, nutrient-dense alternative to traditional chips.
7. Greek Yogurt
Instead of sour cream, consider topping your chili with a dollop of Greek yogurt. It offers the same creaminess but with added protein and fewer fats.
8. Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Grate cauliflower to form “rice,” then sauté it lightly with a bit of lime zest and fresh cilantro. It’s a low-carb, grain-free alternative that pairs beautifully with chili.
9. Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)
If you enjoy chili over pasta, try using zucchini noodles as a low-carb, healthy alternative. They add a fresh, slightly crunchy element to the dish.
Here’s a quick glance at various accompaniment types and their healthier alternatives to pair with your chili:
|Accompaniment Type||Healthy Options|
|Salads & Fresh Additions||Green Salads, Avocado|
|Grain & Low-Carb Bases||Quinoa, Brown Rice, Cauliflower Rice, Zoodles|
|Vegetable Sides||Steamed/Roasted Veggies, Brussels Sprouts|
|Toppings & Dips||Guacamole, Avocado Crema, Greek Yogurt|
|Crunchy Alternatives||Baked Tortilla Chips, Kale Chips|
Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Pair with Chili
While a cold beer might be the traditional go-to for many when enjoying a bowl of chili, there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages that can enhance the flavors of your dish. Here are some refreshing and palate-cleansing options:
1. Iced Tea
The tannins in iced tea can complement the spices in chili and refresh your palate between bites. Opt for a slightly sweetened version or add a slice of lemon for an added twist.
2. Lemon or Lime Sparkling Water
The zesty citrus notes can cut through the richness of the chili, offering a refreshing palate cleanser. Serve chilled with a wedge of lemon or lime for an extra burst of flavor.
3. Root Beer or Cream Soda
The sweet and creamy flavors in these sodas balance out the spicy and savory elements of chili. Opt for a high-quality brand with natural sweeteners to prevent overpowering the chili.
This creamy, rice-based drink with hints of vanilla and cinnamon can mellow out the heat of a spicy chili. Homemade horchata with a sprinkle of extra cinnamon on top can elevate the pairing.
5. Chilled Coconut Water
The natural sweetness and electrolytes in coconut water can refresh your taste buds. Serve cold straight from the fridge for maximum refreshment.
6. Cucumber-Mint Cooler
The combo of cucumber and mint offers a cooling effect, great for offsetting a spicy chili. Muddle fresh mint leaves and cucumber slices, then top with sparkling water.
7. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
The ginger’s spicy kick can mirror the chili’s heat, while the sweetness balances it out. Look for brands with a strong ginger flavor for the best pairing.
8. Milk or Almond Milk
Dairy or dairy alternatives can counteract the heat from chili peppers, soothing the mouth. A cold glass of milk can be especially effective for kids and those sensitive to spice.
Desserts That Go With Chili
When pairing desserts with chili, the goal is balance. You want something that contrasts the heat and spiciness, but also something that complements the rich and hearty flavors. Whether you choose a classic dessert or something unexpected, the right choice will make your chili meal truly unforgettable.
1. Homemade Banana Ice Cream
Homemade Banana Ice Cream is a cool treat that goes well after a warm chili dish. It’s sweet and smooth, giving a nice break from the spiciness of the chili.
2. Apple Cake
The tartness and sweetness of apples in the Apple Caramel Cake, combined with the smooth caramel, can be a refreshing contrast to the heat and heartiness of chili. The warm spices in the cake go beautifully with chili’s robust flavors.
3. Chocolate Cake
For chocolate lovers, a slice of Moist Chocolate Cake or perhaps a Flourless Chocolate Cake or Chocolate Orange Cake can be an indulgent treat. They’re rich, delectable, and are sure to satisfy your sweet cravings after a flavorful chili meal.
4. No-Bake Chocolate Tart
Smooth, creamy, and with a velvety texture, no-bake chocolate tart is the perfect soothing finish after a spicy meal.
5. No-Bake Cheesecake
If your chili packs some serious heat, consider serving a refreshing fluffy no-bake cheesecake as dessert to cool things down a notch.
6. Cinnamon Raisin Rice Pudding
The creamy texture and mild flavors of Cinnamon Raisin Rice Pudding can be a comforting contrast to a spicy chili, while the cinnamon and raisins tie back to the warm spices often found in chili
7. Chocolate Mousse
The richness of dark chocolate, contrasted by a hint of sea salt, complements the deep flavors of a hearty chili. The chocolate mousse‘s airy texture offers a light finish to the meal.
8. Icebox Cake
Icebox cakes can be great with chili because of their chilled nature. They offer a cool, layered sensation that can offset the chili’s warmth. My Strawberry Icebox Cake is a prime example: the graham crackers soften, evoking a tiramisu-like texture that pairs well with the deep flavors of chili.
What to Serve with Chili at a Party: 3 Sample Menus
Planning the perfect party spread around your chili centerpiece? Explore these three sample menus designed to complement your chili and delight your guests at any gathering.
A Classic and Delicious Menu
This menu is all about the favorite comfort foods we all love. It’s filled with classic recipes that’ll remind you of home.
|Appetizer||Mini baked tacos|
|Main||Your signature beef chili with a variety of beans and spices|
|Side||Cheese quesadilla triangles served with guacamole|
|Drink||Root beer or cream soda|
|Dessert||Caramel ripple apple cake|
The Veggie-packed Healthy Menu
Here’s a menu that’s both tasty and good for you. It’s packed with vegetables, perfect for anyone wanting a healthy meal with lots of flavor.
|Appetizer||Guacamole and zesty salsa, accompanied by Vegetable Sticks: celery, carrots, and bell peppers|
|Main||Vegetable-rich chili garnished with avocado crema|
|Drink||Lemon or Lime Sparkling Water|
|Dessert||Homemade Banana Ice Cream|
The Gluten-Free Menu
For those avoiding gluten, this menu is just for you. You can enjoy a tasty meal without any gluten worries.
|Main||Gluten-free chili topped with shredded cheese and green onions.|
|Dessert||No-Bake Chocolate Tart|
Short on time or just want the highlights? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
A popular alternative to rice with chili is cornbread. It’s hearty, flavorful, and pairs wonderfully with the robust flavors of chili. Other options include tortilla chips, a fresh salad, baked potatoes, or pasta. For a sweet finish, consider a dessert like apple cake or banana ice cream.
For a potluck, consider bringing along cornbread muffins, a big bowl of tortilla chips with guacamole or salsa, or a crisp coleslaw. Desserts like chocolate cake or strawberry icebox cake are sure to be crowd-pleasers.
Chili verde pairs well with tortillas, either corn or flour, allowing you to scoop up every delicious bite. A side of refried beans, mexican rice, or a simple avocado salad can also complement the dish. Finish off with a cool no-bake cheesecake for dessert.
Green chili pairs wonderfully with tortilla chips, quesadillas, and roasted vegetables. A fresh cucumber salad or corn on the cob can also complement its flavors. A slice of apple cake can provide a sweet ending.
Turkey chili goes well with a side of crusty bread, quinoa, or roasted sweet potatoes. A light green salad with a tangy vinaigrette can also be a refreshing side. And for dessert, homemade banana ice cream is a delightful choice.
White chili pairs beautifully with garlic bread, tortilla chips, or a simple green salad. Roasted brussels sprouts or sautéed greens can also be great sides. And to satisfy your sweet tooth, a chocolate cake is a perfect choice.
Vegetarian chili can be paired with rice, garlic breadsticks, or a fresh kale salad. For those wanting a carb-free side, steamed broccoli or roasted cauliflower can be a good choice. And for a sweet finish, an apple cake is always a hit.
When pairing wine with chili, a medium-bodied red wine like Zinfandel or Shiraz can complement the spicy flavors well. For a white wine option, consider a slightly sweet Riesling or Gewürztraminer to balance the heat.
After a hearty chili meal, desserts like chocolate cake, banana ice cream, or strawberry icebox cake are excellent choices. They provide a sweet contrast to the spicy and savory flavors of the chili.
What’s your favorite way to eat chili? Comment down below and don’t forget to share this post with friends and family who love chili as much as we do.
Best Chili Recipes
Before diving into what to serve with chili, let’s get the main event sorted. If you’re on the hunt for some top-notch chili recipes to warm your soul and delight your taste buds, I’ve got you covered. Below, I’ve shared my all-time favorite chili creations that have been a hit time and time again.
Chili Con Carne
When you think of a classic chili, Chili Con Carne probably comes to mind. Made with ground beef, black beans, kidney beans, and a mix of spices, my Chili Con Carne recipe stands out for its authentic flavor.
It’s an ideal choice for family dinners on a chilly night or gatherings with friends. The medium spice level ensures it’s approachable, offering warmth without being too hot.
Make it with this homemade chili seasoning recipe, for extra credit.
Instant Pot Chicken Chili
One of the wonders of modern cooking, the Instant Pot, brings this chicken chili to life in record time without compromising on flavor. This recipe revolves around tender chunks of chicken infused with a harmonious blend of spices.
What sets this dish apart is its pressure-cooking method. It ensures the flavors meld beautifully, extracting every bit of goodness from the ingredients in a fraction of the usual time.
Perfect for those spontaneous weeknight dinners or when you need a comfort food without the long wait. While the spice level leans towards the milder side, there’s still enough kick to satisfy those chili cravings.
As for its texture, it finds the middle ground between brothy and thick, making it versatile for various toppings and sides.
Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
Cream Cheese Chicken Chili stands out as a luxuriously rich variant of the traditional chili we all know. Swapping out the standard beef or pork, this dish features chicken, typically boneless and skinless breasts, as its star protein.
This chili may look pale, but it is packed with flavor and generously seasoned. Its creamy texture and tangy undertones are unique, and the addition of tomatoes sets it apart from other white chili recipes. This is sure to become a regular in your home.
White Chicken Chili
White Chicken Chili is a also delightful twist from the standard beef or pork chili. In this rich stew, tender chunks of chicken breast are paired harmoniously with white beans.
In my white chicken chili recipe, the usual tomatoes are replaced by canned green chilies, imparting a tangy punch, while the heavy cream lends an indulgent touch. Effortlessly made in one pot, the harmonious mix of spicy, tangy, and rich flavors is guaranteed to win over the whole family.
Green Chicken Chili
Green Chicken Chili breaks the mold with its tangy and slightly spicy character. The standout ingredient in my green chicken chili recipe is salsa verde. It effortlessly infuses the dish with the robust flavors of tomatillos, garlic, and green chilies like the poblano.
Though the spice level is moderate, it can be tweaked depending on the chosen salsa verde, making this chili adaptable and a sure crowd-pleaser.
Chile Verde is a cherished staple in Mexican cuisine, offering a unique green-hued take on the more common red chili. This dish swaps out the traditional beef or chicken for chunks of pork, which get beautifully tender and succulent as they simmer.
The heart of its vibrant color and taste lies in the sauce, a masterful combination of green chilies, including the likes of hatch chile peppers, anaheim peppers, and more, married with tangy tomatillos, aromatic onions, and a blend of spices. It’s savory and slightly spicy, pleasing to all.
Last Updated on November 9, 2023 by Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD