If you’re a chili aficionado who’s tired of reheating the same pot day after day, you’re in for a treat! Leftover chili recipes are a fantastic way to repurpose that bowl of spicy, hearty goodness. From meaty sirloin to vegetarian delights, chili can be the star ingredient in a wide array of delicious dishes. Some of our favorite go-tos include Leftover Chili Pie, Chili Mac n Cheese, and even a playful twist on Nachos!

To jazz up your leftover chili, simply cool it down slightly and incorporate it into your favorite dishes. Its intense flavors and comforting textures can elevate even the simplest meals to gourmet status! The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and the contents of your fridge.

So don your apron, warm up that chili, and let’s embark on a culinary adventure together with these delicious leftover chili recipes!

1. Chili Mac n Cheese

This fusion of leftover chili and classic macaroni and cheese creates an incredibly savory dish. With the comforting creaminess of the cheese paired with the rich, hearty chili, it’s a simple yet satisfying meal perfect for any night.

2. Leftover Chili Pie

Breathe new life into your chili with a scrumptious Leftover Chili Pie. Topped with a cornmeal crust, the robust chili filling is warmed to perfection, giving a delightful contrast between the soft pie and spicy chili.

3. Chili Enchiladas

Roll up your sleeves and dive into Chili Enchiladas. With your leftover chili snugly wrapped in a tortilla, topped with a luscious cheese blanket and baked, this is an indulgence you won’t want to miss!

4. Chili Nachos

Elevate your snack game with Chili Nachos. Layered tortilla chips, generously topped with your reheated chili, melted cheese, and your favorite toppings create an irresistible crunchy, cheesy delight.

5. Chili Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Transform your spuds into a hearty meal with Chili Stuffed Baked Potatoes. The fluffy interior of a baked potato serves as a comforting vessel for your hearty chili. It’s simplicity at its best!

6. Chili Burritos

Take your taste buds on a trip with Chili Burritos. A soft flour tortilla filled with your leftover chili, cheese, and other fillings you love, all grilled to a crispy perfection. It’s a delicious handheld meal in its own right!

7. Leftover Chili Baked Potato Casserole

This comforting casserole unites hearty baked potatoes and robust chili under a melted cheese blanket. Baked to a delightful crisp, it’s a heartwarming dish that brings the best out of your leftover chili.

8. Chili Cheese Fries

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with Chili Cheese Fries. Crispy, golden fries generously smothered with reheated chili and gooey melted cheese. It’s a dish that’s as fun to eat as it is tasty!

9. Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

These aren’t your average hot dogs! Baked Chili Cheese Dogs combine the satisfying crunch of a hot dog, the heartiness of your leftover chili, and the gooey delight of melted cheese. It’s a casual meal that’s packed with flavor!

10. Frito Pie

The crunch of Fritos corn chips mixed with the robust flavors of your leftover chili creates an unexpectedly delightful combination. Topped with cheese and baked, Frito Pie is a nostalgic classic that’s perfect for a simple, fun dinner.

11. Chili Stuffed Peppers

Turn your peppers into edible vessels with Chili Stuffed Peppers. Filled with your leftover chili and baked until soft, it’s a healthy and flavor-packed dish that’s bound to be a hit.

12. Chili Grilled Cheese

A grown-up twist on a childhood favorite, Chili Grilled Cheese combines the comforting flavors of a grilled cheese sandwich with the hearty, warming notes of your leftover chili. It’s comfort food redefined!

13. Leftover Chili Tortilla Stack

Packed with flavor and easy to assemble, this Leftover Chili Tortilla Stack layers tortillas with hearty chili, beans, and melted cheese. Each bite promises a fusion of flavors that will have you coming back for more.

14. Chili Pot Pies

A comforting classic with a twist, Chili Pot Pies use your leftover chili as the filling beneath a flaky, golden pastry top. The result is a hearty, warming dish that’s bound to make any meal feel special.

15. Chili Tortilla Bake

With a generous layer of leftover chili sandwiched between crispy tortillas and smothered in cheese, the Chili Tortilla Bake is a casserole with a delightful crunch. It’s a creative, delicious way to repurpose your leftover chili.

16. Leftover Chili Baked Eggs

For a brunch-worthy dish with a punch, try Leftover Chili Baked Eggs. This recipe perfectly bakes eggs into a bed of hearty chili for a mouthwatering fusion of flavors. It’s a protein-packed start to your day that’s simply irresistible!

17. Chili Cheese Quesadilla

Adding a hearty twist to a classic snack, the Chili Cheese Quesadilla is cheesy, spicy, and filled to the brim with flavorsome chili. Perfect for a quick lunch or easy dinner, it’s a fusion dish that’s sure to impress.

18. Crispy Tot Chili Casserole

Nothing says comfort like a Crispy Tot Chili Casserole. Think crispy tater tots atop your savory leftover chili, all baked to perfection. It’s a fun, family-friendly dish that will have everyone asking for seconds.

19. Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Add a sweet twist to your leftover chili with this healthy and hearty dish. Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes pairs the natural sweetness of the potatoes with the rich, robust flavors of chili for a meal that is as nutritious as it is delicious.

20. Creamy Queso Chili

Jazz up your leftover chili with the Creamy Queso Chili recipe. This dish transforms your hearty chili into a creamy, cheesy delight, perfect for dipping chips or smothering over nachos. It’s a treat for the tastebuds!

21. Tamale Pie

This southern classic is given new life with your leftover chili. The Tamale Pie features a flavorful chili layer topped with a fluffy cornmeal crust. The result is a savory pie that perfectly marries comfort and flavor. It’s a dish that’s sure to be a hit at any dinner table.

22. Dorito Chili Casserole

For a delightful twist on the traditional casserole, try the Dorito Chili Casserole. This fun and zesty recipe incorporates crunchy Doritos and your savory leftover chili in layers of deliciousness, finished off with a melty cheese topping. It’s a cheesy, crunchy and absolutely irresistible dinner everyone will love.

23. Chili Cheese Bean Dip

Amp up your snack game with the Chili Cheese Bean Dip. This simple yet hearty dip combines your leftover chili with creamy beans and lots of melted cheese. Perfect for game nights or family gatherings, this dip is packed with flavor and serves up well with your favorite chips.

24. Mini Bread Bowl Chili

These Mini Bread Bowl Chili servings are the ultimate comfort food. Hollowed-out bread rolls filled with your favorite chili and topped with shredded cheese, they’re the perfect handheld treat for a cozy night in or a crowd-pleasing party snack.

25. Chili Potato Skins

Elevate your appetizer game with Chili Potato Skins. This creative use of leftover chili stuffs crispy potato skins with hearty chili and tops them with cheese, green onions, and a dollop of sour cream. It’s a finger food that delivers big on flavor and texture!

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25 Creative Leftover Chili Recipes

By: Drizzle
Servings: 9
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 20 minutes
Saucepan with delicious chili con carne on wooden background
One of my best chili recipes. This meatlovers chili will satisfy when fresh made and when reheated as leftovers. Get creative and enjoy!


  • 2- 28 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 5.5 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup reduced fat tomato sauce
  • Red pepper, diced
  • Green pepper, diced
  • Red onion, diced
  • 1 lb raw extra lean ground beef
  • 4 chicken sausages, I used the Al fresco (picture below, incl nutri info to compare)
  • 10 pieces back bacon, the brand and nutri info I used pictured below, info is per 5 pieces
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • Dash of salt & pepper
  • 1 Tbsp franks hot sauce, optional


  • In a frying pan brown your ground beef, drain.
  • Cook your back bacon in a pan for 2 minutes turning over once, you can also brown your chicken sausages, they are pre-cooked but I still like to brown them for a few minutes in pan.
  • Turn your crock pot on to high.
  • Add in your diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced peppers and diced onion. Mix well.
  • Cut up your chicken sausages and bacon into small pieces. Add to your crock pot along with your cooked ground beef.
  • Stir in your chili powder, crushed red pepper flakes, oregano, salt & pepper and franks sauce.
  • Cook on high for 2 hours then turn to warm. Serve when ready.
  • Makes 9- 1.5 cup serving. 5 smart points per serving (5PP) Store in fridge for a few days, chili will freeze well.
  • Nutritional info per serving (not including peppers/onion) Calories 192…Fat 6.2g…Sat fat 1.9g…Carbs 10.4g…Fiber 2.7g…Sugars 5.3g….Protein 23.2g
  • *optional to top with little shredded cheese and bacon crumble, add 1 point for this.

Additional Info

Course: Main meals
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