This chili is why Super Bowl Sunday exists

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BA's Best Beef Chili Recipe

Because Super Bowl Sunday is nothing without a bowl of chili by your side, we took it upon ourselves to come up with what we consider the best version out there. A purée of three kinds of chiles add just the right hit of smoky heat, while three cuts of beef keep things juicy. And just when you thought it couldn't get better, a bottle of cold beer and lots of bold spices like cumin and oregano add even more flavor. When you're ready to serve, set out bowls of toppings so everyone can create their own bowl. Some ideas to get you started: Sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped red onion, cilantro leaves, pickled jalapeños, lime wedges, Fritos, maybe even a buffalo wing or two.

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This chili is why Super Bowl Sunday exists

Chicken Khao Soi

A simple curry paste gives this northern Thai-inspired soup surprising depth of flavor.

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Pork and Squash Stew with Chiles

This stew calls for water instead of stock to be added. The pork shoulder will create a rich cooking liquid on its own.

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Spicy Beans and Wilted Greens

Two humble ingredients have big impact here: The Parmesan rind adds richness; the dried beans deliver creaminess.

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Beer and Cheddar Soup with Kielbasa Sausage

This rich and cheesy broth is satisfying on its own, but goes main course with the addition of seared kielbasa sausage.

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Italian Vegetable Stew

This vegetable-packed zuppa is a perfect way to use day-old bread.

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Thai Beef Stew with Lemongrass and Noodles

In this soul-satisfying dish, delicate rice noodles are combined with gingery spiced beef.

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Tomato and Cannellini Bean Soup

You can swap other greens, like spinach, for the chard. This soup tastes even better after being chilled for a day or two.

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Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms

Our favorite Dutch oven is heavy-duty, big enough for any stew, and handsome enough to put on the table.

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Oxtail Soup with Onions and Barley

This is the ultimate dead-of-winter warmer -- and it makes the kitchen smell incredible.

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Shoyu Ramen

Bringing ramen home takes a trip to an Asian market, three days of work, and your largest pot, but this low-stress (really!) labor of love might be the best soup you'll ever make.

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Double-Dark Chicken Noodle Soup

Our best0ever chicken stock begins with wings, which have a high skin-to-meat ratio. Browning the wings results in lots of caramelized nooks and crannies that imbue the stock with a deep, savory flavor.

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Pasta e Fagioli with Escarole

Parmesan rind and a kitchen sink's worth of aromatics give heady flavor to this classic pairing of beans and pasta, no meat required.

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Spicy Kimchi Tofu Stew

"This fiery Korean stew is my weekend detox," says senior associate food editor Alison Roman. "It's spicy, clean and capable of reversing any damage the previous night may have caused."

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Slow-Cooker Indian Spiced Chicken with Tomato and Cream

This fragrant sauce calls for a mix of dried spices. If the ones you've got in the pantry smell musty or you can't remember when you bought them, restock.

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Black-Eyed Pea Chile Verde

Smoked pork hocks don't just add meatiness and body; they release smoky, salty notes as they cook, seasoning the beans in the process.

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Chili Colorado

Recipe developer Rick Martinez maintains that Chili Colorado is the greatest recipe of all time: a traditional Mexican dish of beef or pork stewed in a red chili sauce.

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Kale Minestrone with Pistou

This soup is all about layering powerful flavor-enhancers that you probably already have on hand -- bacon, tomato paste, herbs, peppercorns, a Parm rind, and, of course, kosher salt.

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Burmese Red Pork Stew

Serve over rice, so you don't lose any precious sauce.

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Turkey Ramen

You made your own turkey stock with the carcass, of course. No? Well, you should.

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Pappa al Pomodoro

The soup equivalent of dipping your bread into tomato sauce, this rustic dish is total comfort food. (And feel free to use canned tomatoes instead of fresh in wintertime!)

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Clam and Cod Chowder

Weeknight chowder? Use clam juice. Cooking on the weekend? It's worth making fish stock from scratch.

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Lentil Soup with Sausage and Mustard Greens

Any type of lentil will work in this hearty weeknight soup. You can even substitute a couple cans of cannellini beans in their place.

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White Chili

This brothy chili calls for chicken thighs but works well with ground chicken or turkey, too.

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Spiced Fava Bean Soup with Rice and Tomato

Preparing this soup on the weekend means lunch is ready to grab and go on your way out the door Monday morning.

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Dark Meat Turkey Chili

Browning and then braising whole turkey legs adds both body and flavor to the final product -- so much better than the ground stuff.

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Black Bean Soup with Roasted Poblano Chiles

Choose dried chiles that are fairly flexible, a sign they're not too old.

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BA's Best Slow-Cooker Beef Chili

Depending on how well-stocked your butcher counter is, you may need to buy larger quantities of the brisket and short ribs, but both cuts freeze incredibly well for future use. This recipe can also be easily doubled.

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Toasted Spelt Soup with Escarole and White Beans

This toasted spelt soup with escarole and white beans was inspired by the classic Italian pasta and bean stew. Unlike macaroni, the grains stay nice and chewy, even when reheated days later.

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Chicken Legs with Noodles and Broth

We like chicken legs instead of breast, for the superior dark meat.

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This stew uses bottled clam juice, a smart shortcut to a robust broth.

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Ribollita with Italian Sausage

A classic ribollita is cooked one day, then reheated and served the next. To do that, just hold back the last croutons so they keep their crunch.

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Scott DeSimon's Lobster Stew

Just a splash of Cognac or brandy adds sweetness to this stew.

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Lamb and Broccoli Stew

Brining the lamb before it is slowly braised results in flavorful meat.

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