Find the best chili in Houston. 

As the days continue to get colder and shorter, winter is perfect for soups, stews and all things warm and cozy, specifically a nice, hot bowl of chili. The way each ingredient comes together to create a bowl of thick, chunky goodness is exactly what Houstonians need on a cold day. Chili recipes vary from simple directions, to complex-slow cooker varieties. And while most families have their own signature chili recipe, it’s nice to skip the mess and order in sometimes. Fortunately, there’s plenty of delicious chili to choose from in Houston.

Here's 7 places in Houston serving the best of the best. 


MKT Bar:

Located inside Phoenicia Specialty Foods, MKT Bar serves wine, beer and international dishes including chili. The Haig’s Chili features ground chuck steak with onions, roasted peppers, fava and chickpeas, topped with white cheddar, radish, garlic, lemon zest and scallions. MKT Bar’s international twist on chili also comes with pita chips.

1001 Austin ST. Houston, TX 77010


Armadillo Palace: 

Good Company Armadillo Palace is packed with Texas memorabilia and offers a bar, patio and live music as a backdrop to their signature Chili Con Carne. The Chili Con Carne is Armadillo Palace’s signature chili. The bowl is served with cheddar, jalapeños, onions and topped with Fritos.

5015 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098


Molinas Cantina:

The Old-Fashioned Chili Con Carne has been on the menu at Molinas' family-owned restaurant since it opened in 1941. The classic chili is made without beans or tomato and is topped with melted cheese and chopped onions. The chili is available in cup or bowl options. 

Located on Westheimer, in Bellaire and in Fulshear. Visit the website for more details.

Jus’ Mac:

For a cheesy twist on a classic bowl of chili, try the Chili Cheese Mac & Cheese at Jus’ Mac, Houston's first and only Mac & Cheese restaurant. Offering a large and interesting variety of Mac & Cheese, Chili Cheese Mac & Cheese is sure to be a favorite. The homemade chili is topped with Colby Jack cheese and Fritos.

Located in Montrose, Heights and Galleria areas. Visit the website for more details.


The Pit Room:

Looking to enjoy BBQ and Chili? The Pit Room has both. The chili includes a mixture of chopped beef and pork and is topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream and onions. Order the Frito Pie for a Texas-style chili dinner. 

1201 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006

A Moveable Feast:

A vegan option for Chili in Houston is at restaurant and health food store, A Moveable Feast. The shop offers healthy food options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians; ingredients are also organic and sourced locally. The Hearty Chili Pie is a vegan chili made with textured vegetable protein over blue corn tortilla chips and topped with tomato, jalapeño, onion and vegan cheese.

9341 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77024


JCI Grill:

James Coney Island serves up a classic Houston favorite chili. Simple and straightforward chili made with beans, chili and onions. The Chili is also available to top the JCI Frito Pie, made with Fritos, beans, chili, onions and cheddar cheese.

Several locations in Houston. Visit the website for details.


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