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Chorizo Chili Recipe

Chorizo Chili

Dax Phillips
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Chili
Servings 8


  • 1 lb stew meat cut into large chunks
  • 2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can of light red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 28 oz water
  • 12 oz Mexican chorizo casing removed
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • cracked black pepper to taste
  • elbow macaroni cooked (optional)
  • shredded cheese optional


  • Begin by heating a large pot on medium-high heat. Add in the oil and let it come to temperature. Add in the stew meat, and cook until you get a nice brown crust on the exterior, on all sides. Once browned, remove from the skillet and set aside on a plate.
  • To the same pot, add the chorizo, and using a wooden spoon, begin to smash it down, while at the same time scraping the brown bits. Cook the chorizo, then use a cover, and strain the majority of the oil. Reserve about a tablespoon of the chorizo oil.
  • Toss in the celery, onion, and garlic, along with the cumin, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Stir, and cook on medium high heat for a few minutes.
  • Toss in the browned stew meat, and give another stir, cooking for a couple more minutes.
  • Next toss in the canned tomatoes, beans, and water. Stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for about one hour.
  • When you are ready to serve, add some cooked noodles to a bowl, and ladle in the chorizo chili. Top with some shredded cheese, or your favorite chili toppings such as sour cream, crackers, fritos, raw onion, or heck even some diced avocado.
  • The end result is a well textured chili that has a nice heat, which I love, and some good tender beef when paired with the beans and celery, well, it makes for a great chili. This would also go really well as a sloppy joe sort of thing if straining some of the liquid, or go perfect on a hot dog. So if you are looking for a new idea in making chili, give this one a shot. It was great. I hope you enjoy.