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Who decided to turn winter on full blast over the weekend? Brrrr it’s cold out there. In the south, anything below 50°F is considered frigid which then requires bundling up in warm layers. Cooking warm delicious meals like this southern chili recipe is one of my favorite activities during the colder months. Indulging in soups and sipping on hot beverages is just one of the ways that we fight back against winter. But don’t get me wrong, I kind of love the cooler temperatures. It is so much easier to “fix” being cold in the winter than sweating in the southern summer heat.

Southern Cold Weather Chili Recipe

I don’t know if chili is classified as a soup or not but to me it is. Anything that I can dump into one pot that turns out delicious in a few hours is my kind of recipe. This is the perfect kind of recipe that you want to make on that very first cold day of the year. It last several days in the fridge and warms you up instantly.

This southern chili recipe can be made on the stovetop, an electric pressure cooker, or a slow cooker.

Southern Cold Weather Chili Recipe

Southern Cold Weather Chili Recipe

The Domestic Diva
Warm up with a bowl of comfort food. This southern chili recipe is the perfect meal to warm you during those cold winter months.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • 1 lb. ground beef or chicken
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce or Liquid Aminos – a healthier alternative
  • 2 cans kidney beans drained
  • 2 cans black beans drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock


  • In a large stock pot, add ground beef (or chickeand the chopped onion. Cook on medium-high heat until meat is cooked all the way through (no longer pinand the onions are translucent in color.
  • Remove from heat, drain, and return beef onion mixture to pot.
  • Add remaining ingredients crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, beans, corn, and spices. Stir until combined.
  • Cover and simmer on low-medium heat for a minimum of 30 minutes to 1 hour. The longer the chili cooks the more flavorful and intense the flavors become.
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Southern Cold Weather Chili Recipe

Serve immediately in your favorite bowl with whatever toppings you like. I personally love some sharp cheddar cheese on top of mine. I also love to serve with saltine crackers. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The next day I like to toss any leftovers I might have with pasta for a quick lunch or dinner.

What toppings do you like on your chili?


Heather began blogging in 2004 providing a glimpse into her domestic life. Over the years her writing topics have changed but one thing has remained the same, her love for preparing homemade, southern-style recipes for her family. When not dealing with household chores or cooking delicious recipes, she can be found homeschooling her two high school boys.


  1. This recipe would be perfect for the colder weather we’ve been having.

  2. Monica Simpson Reply

    This sounds so warm and comforting. Perfect for today that was so cold and rainy!

  3. We get plenty of cold weather here in Iowa so this is something I could eat all of the time. It looks so good, thanks or sharing!

  4. There’s nothing better than chili on a cold, or even cool, day! Looks like a good recipe and I’d love to give it a try, I like the use of corn in it too, always gives a dish a nice (controlled) burst of sweet flavor!

  5. Richelle Milar Reply

    This is a really great recipe that I should try! It look so good!

  6. Rose Ann Sales Reply

    This is so mouthwatering! It makes me crave I really love to try this delicious recipe!

  7. On those chilly nights my go to meal is chili i have added different veggies. I’ll have to try this.

  8. I am not always a fan of chili, but this one sounds delicious. I will have to give this a try, especially with the cooler weather we are having.

  9. Melissa Cushing Reply

    There is nothing better than a good hearty bowl of chili… we just made a match last week an ate it over rice and the the next day…chili dogs! So good!

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