Spicy Chorizo Chili

6 to 8 servings
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Spicy Chorizo Chili will warm you on even the chilliest of nights. Made extra spicy with the addition of chorizo and our smoky 3 Chile Pepper Gouda cheese (sub regular Gouda to tamp down the spice!).


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small to medium yellow onion, diced (about 1 to 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pound ground chorizo
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 (15-oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-oz) can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (15-oz) can pinto beans
  • 1 (15-oz) can kidney beans
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) Roth 3 Chile Pepper Gouda or Gouda cheese, shredded
  • For Topping:
  • Crushed tortilla chips
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges
  • Sour cream


  1. In a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-low heat, add olive oil, onion and poblano. Sauté 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until veggies are softened. Add chorizo, breaking up the meat with a spoon until crumbly. Cook about 8 to 10 minutes or until meat is browned. Add garlic, and cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, beans and water. Stir until combined, and let chili come to a low boil. Reduce heat to low. Add seasonings, adjusting to taste, and let simmer for at least 20 minutes. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors will develop. Fold in 1 cup shredded cheese and stir until cheese melts into the chili.
  3. To serve, ladle into bowls and garnish with remaining cheese and toppings of choice!