15 Ways to Use Leftover Chili

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If you’ve ever found yourself with a pot of leftover chili and wondered how to transform it into something new and exciting, you’re in the right place. Here are 15 delicious dinner ideas made with leftover chili.

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These recipes will breathe new life into your chili leftovers! The best part is, all of these recipes will be super easy since you already have the chili cooked and ready to go! Some of them only use a little bit of leftover chili, so you might be able to make multiple meals with your chili leftovers! Here are my favorite ways to use this comfort food until it’s all gone!

1. Chili Stuffed Peppers

Hollow out bell peppers, stuff them with leftover chili, and top them with cheese. Pop them in a casserole dish and bake until the peppers are tender. This stuffed peppers recipe is so easy and quick, it’s a hearty meal that’s great for busy weeknights.

2. Chili Mac and Cheese

Mix leftover chili with cooked macaroni and top with melted cheese for a hearty chili mac and cheese. Serve this chili mac recipe with a side of crispy tater tots!

3. Chili Nachos

Layer tortilla chips or corn chips with leftover chili, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream for delicious chili nachos. 

4. Chili Baked Potatoes

Top baked potatoes with reheated chili, cheese, and your favorite toppings. You can even use sweet potatoes to make this even more flavorful!

5. Chili Tacos

Use warmed tortillas to create tacos with leftover chili, shredded cheese, lettuce, and diced tomatoes for an easy, delicious dinner idea. 

6. Chili Quesadillas

Sandwich leftover chili and cheese between tortillas and cook until the cheese melts for tasty quesadillas.

7. Chili Cheese Burritos

Roll up leftover chili in a tortilla with rice and cheese for a satisfying burrito.

8. Chili Shepherd’s Pie

Layer leftover chili in a baking dish, top with mashed potatoes, and bake until golden for a chili shepherd’s pie.

9. Chili Cheese Fries

Crispy french fries topped with chili, sour cream green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, black olives, or any combination of different toppings you love. Chili fries are a great game day snack or even a delicious meal! Sweet potato fries work for this recipe too!

10. Chili Cornbread Casserole

Pour leftover chili into a baking dish, top with cornbread batter, and bake until golden brown.

11. Chili-Stuffed Avocados

Hollow out avocados and fill them with reheated chili for a tasty and healthy meal. This is quick and easy and a great way to make an easy and satisfying lunch and a great variation on our egg stuffed avocados

12. Chili Rice Bowl

Serve leftover chili over rice and top with your favorite toppings like cheese, avocado, and cilantro.

13. Chili Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Scoop out zucchini halves and fill them with leftover chili. Bake until zucchini is tender.

14. Chili Cheese Dogs

Cover a hot dog in a bun with your favorite cheese, hot chili, onions, and whatever toppings you like for delicious chili dogs.

15. Chili Sloppy Joes

Chili sloppy joes are so easy and delicious! These make a great meal for a quick weeknight dinner. Top your sandwich with coleslaw for a fresh and crisp flavor. 

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