Southwestern Beef Chili Recipe

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Marcia Published: July 12, 2021
Southwestern Beef Chili Recipe

How To Make Southwestern Beef Chili

Looking for an authentic chili recipe? This southwestern-style beef one might just be the answer. It has some added smokiness from the bacon.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



  • 2slicebacon
  • 1onion
  • 3clovegarlic
  • 2tbsppaprika
  • tspground cumin
  • tspdried oregano
  • ½tspcayenne pepper
  • tspsalt
  • ½tsppepper
  • 2lbsground beef chuck
  • 3cupswater
  • 2tbspfine cornmeal
  • tbspcider
  • chopped jalapeno,chopped onion or scallion, grated cheddar cheese, lime wedges, and sour cream


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until just beginning to brown. Add onion and garlic, and cook for 30 seconds. Add paprika, cumin, oregano, cayenne, salt, pepper, and ground beef.

  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, and breaking up the meat with the side of the spoon, until the beef is cooked through.

  3. Stir in water, cornmeal, and vinegar, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid thickens. It may be necessary to add a little water to thin the chili. Serve hot, garnished with desired toppings.


  • Calories: 407.14kcal
  • Fat: 17.48g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.57g
  • Trans Fat: 0.59g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.42g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.01g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.48g
  • Fiber: 2.36g
  • Sugar: 2.54g
  • Protein: 52.47g
  • Cholesterol: 152.45mg
  • Sodium: 1015.06mg
  • Calcium: 70.91mg
  • Potassium: 1047.97mg
  • Iron: 6.56mg
  • Vitamin A: 96.02µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.34mg
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