For our family, chili is a Halloween must-have. And what’s one of the best things about chili (well, except everything?) It’s the leftovers! For one thing, all of those spices and ingredients just continue to intermingle and the chili flavor keeps intensifying the more it sits. And it’s so easy to just heat up a couple of bowls of leftover chili for an easy lunch or dinner.
But. But! Sometimes you can get a smidge tired of yet another plain ol’ bowl of leftover chili. It’s true. So what’s a person-with-chili-leftovers to do?
Try one of these ingenious leftover chili recipes, that’s what!
Chili Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash from Kitchen Treaty (moi!) – A main dish that screams fall – roasted spaghetti squash stuffed with chili and cheese. Easy and delicious!
Baked Vegetarian Chili Cheese Dip from Cozy Peach Kitchen – This easy cheesy dip calls for a can of chili, but it’s super easy to swap in your leftover chili instead.
Chili Cheese Fries from Sandra’s Easy Cooking – Super easy to customize to everyones’ liking – just add your leftover chili to crinkle-cut potatoes and top however you want!
Chili Lasagna from Create Kid’s Club – This is such a brilliant way to use up leftover chili! Layers of pasta, chili, and cheese – yessss. When you start with leftover chili, start with step 3, and your lasagna will be bubbling in the oven in no time.
Straw Hats by Kitchen Treaty (me again!) – Forgive the photo, it’s one of the very first of my blogging days, all the way back in ’09. I went against the grain by calling these “Straw Hats” – most people know this one as Frito Pie. But my Mom called ’em Straw Hats and so Straw Hats they are. So easy and so good, we’re just talking corn chips, chili, cheese, lettuce, and toppings. These are a camping staple for us.
Sweet Potato Chili Fries by Organically Addision – Roasted sweet potato wedges smothered in chili? Yes please! I’m all for the optional BBQ sauce situation, too.
Spicy Loaded Tater Tot Nachos by Ask Chef Dennis – Like chili cheese fries, but amped up – a LOT! Tater tots, chili, bacon (leave it off if you’re vegetarian), lots of pickled jalapeños, and a lime crema drizzled over the top. Yessss.
Chili Cheese Dogs by Recipes From a Pantry – Are chili dogs the ultimate grubbin’ comfort food? Quite possibly! Hot dogs (sub in veggie dogs for the vegetarians), smothered in chili and cheese and baked or air-fried. Top with jalapeños and life is good!
Vegan Chili Cheese Dip by Cadry’s Kitchen – Got just a bit of leftover chili? Perfect! This cheesy vegan situation calls for just a half cup. Perfect for a light dinner or game night!
Chili Tacos by Laura Fuentes – Dinnertime couldn’t be easier than this! Flour tortillas or taco boats, filled with leftover chili and topped with cheddar, diced avocado, and sour cream. Swap in veggie chili and vegan sour cream and leave out the cheddar for a vegan version.
Quick Chili-Topped Sweet Potatoes from The Vegan Atlas – Bake up some sweet potatoes, bust ’em open, and top with warm leftover chili and some vegan cheese for a seriously fast, easy, and hearty dinner.
Use a meaty chili (any chili will do!)
Leave off the cheese and other dairy products (or sub vegan products).