How long does homemade chili last in the fridge or freezer? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate chili within two hours of cooking.
To maximize the shelf life of cooked chili for safety and quality, refrigerate the chili promptly in covered airtight containers.
Properly stored, cooked chili will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
How long can cooked chili be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked chili should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
To further extend the shelf life of cooked chili, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
How long does cooked chili last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 4 to 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
The freezer time shown is for best quality only — cooked chili that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How long does cooked chili last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked chili that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; chili that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
How to tell if cooked chili is bad? If cooked chili develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
Sources: For details about data sources used for food storage information, please