Beef and Chorizo Chili

This easy and healthy one-pot Beef and Chorizo Chili is a great dish to enjoy this Cinco de Mayo…or anytime!  Recipe for homemade fresh chorizo is included too.

Beef and Chorizo Chili

This is one kick-ass week for Mexican food lovers like me.  Today is, of course, Taco Tuesday but this Thursday is Cinco de Mayo, so there’s even more of a cause for a spicy celebration.

It’s almost too much to handle but I’m going to try by making this easy one-pot Beef and Chorizo Chili featuring some of my homemade fresh chorizo.  Alright, alright!  I hear y’all yelling that chili isn’t really Mexican, but guess what?  Chorizo is, so there!  😉

Speaking of easy, there’s nothing more simple and satisfying than cooking up a big ol’ pot of chili.  Basically, it consists of browning some meat, then throwing a bunch of veggies, seasonings, and broth in the pot, and finally simmering it for just about 30 minutes or so.

It’s the perfect party food to feed a large crowd and can be made a day or two ahead of time.  Plus, there’s always enough leftovers to eat for lunch through the week or freeze them to bring it out later for another dinner.  #winwin

Beef and Chorizo Chili

This beef and chorizo chili is made with four different kinds of beans.  The first time I made it, I couldn’t decide which of my favorite beans to use, so I used them all.

It’s fantastic on it’s own or topped with lots of accompaniments, like shredded sharp cheese, diced avocados,  pico de gallo, and doused with a ton of Cholula Hot Sauce Original hot sauce.  Okay, maybe that’s just me on the hot sauce but Cholula is da bomb!  Just sayin’…

Beef and Chorizo Chili

Beef and Chorizo Chili

Have a wonderful Cinco de Mayo holiday and enjoy this Beef and Chorizo Chili.  By the way, if  vegetarian chili is more your thing, then check out this recipe that I adapted from the cookbook, Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home: Fast and Easy Recipes for Any Day.  It’s easy, delicious, and 100% veggie! :)

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This easy and healthy one-pot Chili is a great dish to enjoy this Cinco de Mayo...or anytime! Recipe for homemade fresh chorizo is included too.
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1¼ pound grass fed ground beef
  • ½ pound fresh chorizo
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 whole fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups good quality beef broth, homemade or store bought
  • 6 ounces tomato sauce
  • 3 Tb chili powder
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (15.5 ounces) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5 ounces) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5 ounces) can small red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5 ounces) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • Optional accompaniments: freshly shredded cheese, diced avocados, pico de gallo, sour cream, tortilla chips, crackers, fresh chopped cilantro, minced jalapenos
  1. Place a large dutch oven over medium high heat and brown the ground beef and chorizo. Add the onions, bell peppers, and garlic to the and cook for about 5 minutes, until just cooked through. Add all of the remaining ingredients, stir well, and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until chili has thicken and all flavors are combined, about 30-35 minutes. Serve immediately with any of the optional accompaniments.

Beef and Chorizo Chili


  1. says

    Taco Tuesday….Cinco de Mayo….Monday….whatever…..either day this is good and perfect to eat in my books! Looks delish, Karrie! And I love that you used your homemade chorizo AND topped it with pico de gallo. I could eat a bucket of this! Nice that you used a variety of beans, Me and hubby love beans and eat them all the time. Actually, we had beans yesterday for supper :) Pinning this deliciousness for later. Have a great week, girl. xo
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  2. says

    Guuuuurl, this week is totally F-in’ awesome in my book, because I happen to think there should be a Mexican Monday, Tex-Mex Thursday and Spicy Saturday along with Taco Tuesday, so I’m super stoked for Cinco de Mayo! And this chili looks like THE perfect addition to any Mexican themed spread! You have totally outdone yourself with this chili!! Love that you used your homemade chorizo in this, Karrie! I bet this tastes outta this world delish! And I will be adding ALL the toppings and TONS of ton of Cholula to mine, thank you very much! #BringOnTheHeat Pinned! Cheers, sweet cheeks! xo
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  3. says

    Happy Cinco de Mayo Karrie! I gotta say, I LOVE all of your Mexican recipes–and I look forward to every Taco Tuesday with you. 😉 Especially with some of your incredible cocktail recipes. :) Now, if I could just get a side of your homemade tater tots on the side… because I’m greedy. Lol. Have a wonderful weekend, dear! I’ll be living vicariously through your Instagrams of yummy food. :)
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  4. says

    Wow! This is one awesome protein-packed dish – I love every single ingredient! I’m such a huge fan of chili and this recipe has me drooling all over my keyboard! You’re going to owe me new keyboard…. I’ll take my payment in bowls of chili please, hehe 😉 Hope you have a wonderful weekend my dear :)
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  5. says

    Hi Karrie, now your talking warm you up stick to your ribs soul comfort food. Great choice to use some fresh homemade chorizo, yum and the fact that it is slow simmered so that all that goodness can mingle with each other double yum, add in some nice starch ;like a rustic bread and I am set to chow down on this spicy endeavor of yours.
    Great pictures Karrie.
    Have a great week.

  6. says

    I am a Mexican food lover too :) and your chili looks amazing ❤ I’m not sure if I can find four different kinds of beans here but I would love to try this recipe :) Thank you for sharing, Karrie ❤ I hope you had a great Cinco de Mayo ❤
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  7. says

    So, I hated chili as a kid…I mean HATED. And now – I want to jump through the screen and do a face plant in this bowl. I was done at that first picture! This is the bomb, my friend!!

  8. says

    Oh man! This recipe reminds me of my mom’s home-cooked chili she would slow cook for half a day every Sunday. Such comfort food! Thank you for sharing this, maybe now I can show her a new way to throw down in the kitchen with this unique recipe!

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