"Z best" chili at Zinburger at Walt Whitman Shops in...

"Z best" chili at Zinburger at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station, as served in January 2014. Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

The weather is starting to turn blustery. This calls for nothing more -- or less -- than a steaming-hot bowl of chili.

The hearty, soupy Tex-Mex dish knows many variations. Often, but not always, it’s made with beef along with chili peppers, cumin and tomatoes. Beans frequently turn up, too. You can also find versions made with pork, chicken or turkey. And for vegetarians, there’s meatless chili.

Here are a few bowls worthy of your spoon.


A surprise star at this burger-centric restaurant at Walt Whitman Shops is "Z best" chili, a bowlful of subtle fire starring beef and beans. ($9)

Walt Whitman Shops, 160 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, 631-271-3891, zinburgereast.com


At this lively pub, vegetarians can start their engines with a bowl of revved-up three-bean chili topped with jalapeño, Cheddar and cilantro-spiced cream. ($6)

1039 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, 516-798-4663, thegoodlifeny.com


This ultracasual Tex-Mex spot serves a Southwest chicken chili that’s hearty and soul-warming. ($3.99 small; $4.69 medium; $8.69 large)

30 Indian Head Rd. (off Meadow Road), Kings Park, 631-544-5000, sombrerosgrill.com