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9 Freezer-Friendly Chili Recipes – The Real Food Dietitians


When your week has been unusually busy, nothing beats the convenience of having a stash of chili in the freezer that’s ready to thaw, reheat, and eat. These 9 freezer-friendly chili recipes are some of our favorites and ones that frequently appear in our own meal prep rotations.

Fasten your tastebud seatbelts, folks

We’re about to throw down 9 freezer-friendly chili recipes that every home cook should have in their weeknight or meal prep quiver. Each one is a little different but they’re all delicious and if you asked us to pick a favorite, we’d have a really hard time doing so! From creamy to chunky to bean-filled to bean-less, there’s something for everyone.

And the best part? They’re all freezer-friendly. The other best part? Chili is one of the most forgiving recipes on the planet. It’s hard to mess it up and if you don’t have an ingredient or two on hand, it’s pretty easy to make substitutions (for example, tomato sauce for diced tomatoes, using extra garlic in place of onions or swapping cubed sweet potatoes or butternut squash for beans or vice versa).

Don’t be afraid to get creative, especially now that we’re all staying home and may have limited access to groceries. Now, more than ever, it’s a great time to make one (or two) of these 9 freezer-friendly chili recipes to use up some of your pantry stash while also stocking your freezer with healthy, low-stress meals you can enjoy later.

Slow Cooker Chunky Beef Chili with Sweet Potatoes

Veggie Loaded Turkey Chili

Includes Stovetop & Slow Cooker Directions

Slow Cooker Beef & Bean Chili

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

Includes Instant Pot Directions

Photo Credit: Jess of Plays Well with Butter

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Includes Stovetop and Instant Pot Directions

Photo Credit: Jess of Plays Well with Butter

Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

Includes Slow Cooker Directions

Photo Credit: Jess of Plays Well with Butter

Instant Pot Veggie-Loaded Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde Stew

This one may be more of a stew than chili but daaaaaang, it’s good. And it’s got ‘chile’ in the name so why not?

Photo Credit: Jess of Plays Well with Butter

We love to see what you’re making so if you make one of these 9 freezer-friendly chili recipes, please tag your photos and IG stories with @therealfoodrds so we can see what you’re cooking.

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About Jessica Beacom

Jessica is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Boulder, CO with her hubby and two daughters. She’s been described as a ‘real food evangelist’ and loves sharing her knowledge with others to help them break free of the diet mentality and find their own food freedom. In her spare time she enjoys CrossFit, telemark skiing, mountain biking, teaching herself how to play the banjo and camping out under the stars.


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