Becky Luigart-Stayner
7 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)

Salsa verde brings the flavors of the southwest to this chili recipe. You'll find the salsa and masa harina—used to thicken the chili—in the Latin foods section of the supermarket. Mexican beer is a natural to use in and drink with this chili. Green onions, queso fresco, and sour cream are good condiment choices.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add salt and beef to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring gently. Remove from pan.

Step 2

Add onion, green onions, bell pepper, and sausage to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until sausage is lightly browned. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Return beef to pan. Stir in chili powder and next 8 ingredients (through salsa verde); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in masa; cook 30 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

Kool456's Review

November 03, 2008
Dont even try

thebetk's Review

February 10, 2011
Great recipe. Substitute ground turkey for the sirloin and you save even more calories without loosing flavor as the sausage is still there.

sukeedog's Review

September 01, 2013

thekoolaidmom's Review

November 03, 2013
I love this recipe for chili, as did all my family. I particularly enjoy the sour cream and adding cilantro to my bowl. I substituted chorizo for the Cajun sausage, as I was unable to find it in my grocery store (small town, meh...) The beer gives it a nice sour flavor, and I had to show the recipe to my husband to prove it was in there... lol... he thought I was going to be drinking it ;-) This is now my chili recipe!

mandofan's Review

January 22, 2013
Excellent chili with a nice hot kick! I used smoked turkey because I couldn't find Cajun smoked and it was delicious.

fitchicknyc's Review

November 05, 2010
I love the SouthWestern Chili. It looks and tastes great. I save calories by leaving out the sour cream. I also sprinkle a golden roasted flax seed blend called FitFlax on top ( It's loaded with Omega 3's, fiber and antioxidants, and it adds a great taste and crunch to the dish. I've started adding flax to several of my meals, I really like it and it's helped me lose weight.

simonset's Review

October 30, 2011
This has become my go to chili for the past 2 seasons! Amazing fresh flavor from the salsa verde and the sausage. I use chorizo.

AMT5712's Review

March 04, 2014

Delicious but double spices

November 09, 2015
We loved this chili, but I doubled all the spices, added some oregano, and used an anaheim instead of a bell pepper. Subbed a smoked turkey sausage for the cajun (couldn't find it locally) and fine cornmeal for the masa harina.  Like all such dishes, this is even better as leftovers.  Used Negro Modelo for the beer.