The BEST Southwest Chili Ever

The weather is finally cold and that means it’s time to eat some chili and cornbread!  My husband had a hankering for it over the weekend AND he had an idea rolling around for a recipe so we tackled Saturday night dinner together <– never happens (and I mean NEVER!)

This recipe is a little different than traditional chili so I called it Southwest Chili for lack of creativity.  No matter the name, it was GOOD.

The chili included of course hamburger and various beans, but we also added Green Hatch Chili Sausage, corn, fire roasted tomatoes, brown sugar, and brown rice. The slight sweetness helped tame down any spice the sausage added to make this a well rounded dish.

Here is how we made it! Let me know if you try it and what you think. 🙂 Enjoy!

First saute onions and garlic in a little olive oil. Also, start cooking your brown rice if you want it with your chili.

***Thrifty Tip*** Always check the per pound price of meat. I got a 3 pound pack for $2.99, not bad! Also, you can buy a fattier mean and drain the grease. That is what I do when the 93/7 is ridiculously priced…or I just buy turkey.*** I froze the other 2 pounds of hamburger to use in other meals.

Once onions are soft, add hamburger (turkey would be tasty too) and brown. While hamburger is browning, cook diced sausage in a separate pan. We only used 1/2 of the sausage link and froze the other half for another night (thrifty at heart!)

Now, feed baby goldfish because she is tired of waiting on dinner…

Add chli seasoning, you can make your own or use a packet. Add kidney beans, northern beans, corn, and fire roasted tomatoes. Do not drain any of the cans, it makes your juice for your chili…yummmm!

Stir in cooked sausage and let simmer. Add brown sugar to taste and add any other seasonings needed.

We served our chili with cornbread and it was delicious 😉 even the little one agreed and she hasn’t been eating due to a nasty cold.




5 from 1 vote

Southwest Chili


  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can northern beans
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 package chili seasoning (or make your own)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 package cooked green hatch chili sausage
  • sour cream & cheese for topping


  1. Cook brown rice and boil sausage separately.  Saute onions, brown hamburger. Add garlic.  Add in kidney beans, northern beans, corn, and fire roasted tomatoes (don't drain any of the cans). Add in chili seasoning and brown sugar. Add in cooked sausage and simmer for 5 minutes.  Serve with sour cream and cheese on top.  Don't forget the cornbread!

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7 thoughts on “The BEST Southwest Chili Ever

  1. Good tip on the meat. I’m going shopping today and I’ll see what our meat costs here. I swear half our grocery bills go to meat these days. Hubby is definitely a meat and potatoes guy!

    This looks like a great recipe.

    Thank you for participating and co-hosting this week’s #fandayfriday link party! I hope you get some great traffic to your site this week and I’m sure I’ll see more of your blog posts at next week’s party!

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