Southwestern Chili with Corn Chips

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Give me a big ole bowl of Southwestern chili and some corn chips and I’m a happy guy. Make it spicy and I’m even happier. There’s a lot of stuff going on in this chili. Lots of great stuff. All things that I love. Despite the long ingredient list this is pretty much a ‘everything into the pot’ kind of recipe. So don’t let it scare you off. The flavors are amazing.

Southwestern Chili with Corn Chips

Not Your Usual Chili

This southwestern chili with corn chips isn’t your typical beef chili. Ya know, the one with beef, a broth. Some onion and tomatoes. Maybe some beans (if you’re outside of Texas, of course). It’s a lot more than that. It’s a mix of textures. Tender. Crunchy. Soft.

Want your chili spicier? Start with the Rotel. Grab the spicy stuff. The really hot stuff. Go find a jalapeno or two. Seed it. Or not. Dice it up. Add it in when you add the bell peppers. Add a pinch of cayenne. Or more than a pinch. Do it up right!

Also try my spicy ground beef chili.

Southwestern Chili with Corn Chips
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Southwestern Chili with Corn Chips

Give me a big ole bowl (or plate) of Southwestern chili and some corn chips and I’m a happy guy. Make it spicy and I’m even happier.
Course Main
Cuisine Southwestern
Keyword chili, corn chips, southwestern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 503kcal


Serving suggestion

  • Corn chips
  • Green onions sliced
  • sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • Sour cream


  • Heat a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Crumble the beef into the pot and cook until done. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
  • Add the onion and peppers and cook until starting to soften.
  • Add the garlic and cook another minute.
  • Add the tomato paste, chili powders, oregano, paprika, cumin and pepper flakes.Stir.
  • Stir in the masa and 1/2 cup of water. The mixture will begin to thicken.
  • Add the tomatoes, corn, kidney beans and beef. Stir. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue simmering for at least 15 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with desired toppings.


Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 559mg | Potassium: 1475mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1814IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 8mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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