Comfort foods bring people together, providing unrivaled and difficult-to-find senses of tradition, warmth, and community in many other dishes. Many people consider chili to be a comfort food, and Austin restaurants put an iconic Texan spin on the classic dish. This hearty dish can be enjoyed at any time of year for a filling meal, so let's take a look at some of the best places to get chili in Austin.

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Black Star Co op Pub & Brewery
Bar $$
7020 Easy Wind Drive, Austin TX, 78752
The Black Star Co-Op in Austin serves one of the best bowls of red chili -- a filling and rich beefy stew laden with cumin and other Southern flavors that will have you craving another helping right away.
24 Diner
Restaurant $$
600 N Lamar Blvd Suite G, Austin TX, 78703
Love chili but despise beans? The no-bean chili on the menu at this restaurant is a perfect bowl of meaty and savory brisket and roast soaked in beer and jalapenos for a thick and filling meal if you're looking for the best chili in Austin.
Texas Chili Parlor
Restaurant $
1409 Lavaca St, Austin TX, 78701
With the name Chili, it's difficult not to expect only the best chili from this dive-bar-style restaurant. The standard chili bowl is available in three levels of spice, but you can also request a venison or vegetarian version. The full-service Texan bar, Texas Chili Parlor, serves classic Texan drinks to go with your comfort food.
Salt & Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria
Restaurant $
1912 E 7th St, Austin TX, 78702
Salt & Time's chili uses ground and browned butcher shop trimmings for flavor. The shop's classic Texas red is made with a well-balanced blend of dried guajillo, pasilla, and chipotle peppers, as well as sauteed onions and garlic.
Texas Chili Queens
Austin TX, 78701
This roving truck casts a wide net for chili fans, offering a variety of ingredients and flavor combinations named after Texas cities. Their San Antonio chili is a hearty chili made with beef and pork that includes seeded chili pods and chili puree for a rib-sticking carnivore feast.