There is something special about ladling chili into deep bowls and adding your favorite toppings, and the cold winter months are the perfect time for that. There are a number of Denville eateries dishing up their own unique take on chili, and we grabbed a few to sample.
The Turkey Chili from Panera has the foundation of a traditional chili, with the unique additions of chick peas, edamame, and carrots. With the ancho stock as a base, it has underlying heat. Served with your choice of bread, apple, or chips. Go for the bread—it’s the perfect scooper or mopper for that chili goodness.
The Thatcher’s Chili is stick-to-your-ribs goodness topped with a thick chunk of cheddar and diced red onions. Served with a handful of thin and crispy tortilla chips, this hearty basic will warm you up from the inside out. Add their delicious Goat Cheese Salad for the perfectly balanced meal.
How could we pass up the Chili Cheese Fries at Weenies? Spoiler alert, we couldn’t. Weenies fries are the perfect first layer, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and nice and thick. We loved this chili because it was completely stripped down and just focused on the meat. Paired with warm melty cheese it was pure heaven.
Enjoy chili at home
Whether you’re entertaining a small group at home or just want to have a fun night with your family, we love a chili bar, with all the fixins’. Grab chili from your favorite Denville restaurant, and set up a series of small bowls with some of these tasty toppings choices:
- sour cream
- diced onion
- grated cheddar
- diced jalapeños
- crushed tortilla chips
- salsa or diced tomatoes
- sliced limes for squeezing
- chopped fresh cilantro
- queso (a must)
- up the ante with crispy tater tots for your bottom layer
- put a platter of sliced cornbread on the side