Chipotle Chorizo Chili

Muy Caliente
 - hot, hot, hot -

If you like your chili hot and I mean as in heat from fiery roasted peppers, then this recipe is for you. Of course, you can always tame it by reducing the chipotle salsa, but then that's like watering down a hearty, chunky soup into bouillon broth.

My inspiration came from a meal I had a while back, chili con carne chocked full of chorizo in a red pepper sauce. I ordered it at our favorite Saturday night eating establishment only to find out it was so mild, I begged for heat - from a combination of table salsa fresca, jalapenos, even the hellish of hot Chile Habanero Sauce. Yup, it was that mild. So I made a mental note, even after several Modelo especials, to capture the essence of the dish that I desired, or rather the lack of, and I ended with a meaty, chorizo chili and beans with deep overtones of sweet smoky heat.


Chipotle Chorizo Chili
4 to 6 servings

1 pound uncooked chorizo sausage
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 garlic toes, minced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 -7 oz can chipotle salsa, I used San Marcos brand
2 - 15 oz cans pinto or Latin red beans, drained
1 -10.5 oz can Campbell's condensed beef stock
1 -28 oz can petite diced tomatoes
Shredded cheese

Remove casing from sausage if in link form. In a medium stockpot over medium high heat, cook sausage until brown; break up any large pieces. Stir in the onion, garlic and bell pepper and cook until vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes. Drain off the grease from the sausage (or sop it up with paper towels). Stir in the chili powder, cumin and the chipotle salsa. Cover and simmer on medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the pinto beans with the beef stock in a glass bowl and microwave for about 5 minutes cooking until tender. Add to the sausage mixture and return to simmer. Add tomatoes with juice; cook covered for another 10 minutes and serve with a topping of cheese.

Note: Add sour cream and cilantro if desired.


  1. Wow what a hearty bowl of goodness here! GREAT CHILI!

  2. This sounds like a great chili recipe and my heat loving wife.

  3. With all the cheese and other goodness there, I think I will feel lazy after a hearty meal like that....haha. I think it will put me out of some trouble....haha. I'm sure it goes very well with some crusty bread......mmmm. Drick, hope you have a wonderful weekend. Mary

  4. Me, me, me! I want hot chile! Great idea to use chorizo in place of the usual ground beef.

  5. Drick, we adore chorizo sausage. I don't know why I never think to add it to chili. What a great way to add a flavorful kick!

  6. My kids love spicy food and would really enjoy this one :)
    Hope you are having a great weekend!

  7. Now this sounds really tasty! I love chorizo and chipotles.

  8. I would love a heaping bowl!! Chorizo and chipotles, yum! Those modelos sneak up on ya,but I bet they would be the perfect quencher for this spicy bowl!!

  9. Oh, cuz!! This makes me do a happy dance!!


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