The holidays are coming up, and for many of us, this means a lot of time spent cooking in the kitchen. Between Thanksgiving dinner, holiday cookie exchanges, Christmas morning breakfast and feeding any family and friends who stop by for an evening or weekend visit, cooking tends to take up more time during the holidays than any other time of year. So, when you’re constantly cooking and possibly feeding large amounts of people on the fly, keeping quick and easy recipes on hand is an absolute must. For the holidays, and for easy dinners throughout the winter in general, easy chili recipes are one of the best tricks to keep your sleeve.
Chili is one of those wonderful meals that can be made for practically any occasion; it’s simple to make for a large crowd during the holidays but can also be made for one or two since it keeps so well in the freezer and reheats beautifully. It’s also great on nights when you’re looking to use up leftover beef, chicken or turkey; since many of us usually have the rest of the ingredients on hand in our pantries, there are no emergency grocery runs required!
I like this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Chili since it’s such a fun twist on your typical beef-and-bean chili (not that there’s anything wrong with beef and beans, of course!). The combination of spicy hot pepper sauce with cool blue cheese is simply a match made in culinary heaven, and garlicky tomatoes add an extra layer of delicious flavor. The chicken and black beans provide lots of filling protein, meaning you don’t need lots of extra side dishes to fill you up. It’s easy to make, perfect for chilly winter nights, and full of great flavor, so try working it into your weeknight dinner lineup or double the recipe and make a big pot when your holiday guests start trickling in. Enjoy!