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Spicy Chicken Sausage White Bean Beer Chili

Spicy Chicken Sausage White Bean Beer Chili. One pot, twenty minutes, crazy good. 

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For the first time in my life, winter has been the best season of the year. 2014 has been hard on me, beating me up in ways I didn’t expect, traumatic in ways I’ll never forget. Seattle, and the beautiful winter, has been like aloe on burnt skin.

Rain on the windows when I’m alone in bed, mid-50s, and overcast as I run through the trees along moss covered trails, drizzly days at small coffee shops when I finish my second book that was like the fragile line to a lifeboat pulling me out of the storm. The dark clouds in my life are starting to lift, the new normal is starting to feel like it actually is, in fact, normal, and the frenzy is starting to mellow.

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For the first time in my entire life, I’m looking forward to January, a month that has always been hideous to me. It can’t be worse that the previous 11 months, and it will mark a new beginning for me. For now, to make it through the most difficult year of my life, I need comfort food, not just for my body but for my soul.

Let’s hope 2015 is my year, I’m already looking forward to it.

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Spicy Chicken Sausage White Bean Beer Chili

Servings 4 servings


  • 1 lbs spicy chicken sausages raw, removed from casing
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • 12 oz pale ale
  • 2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 15 oz cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 large avocado diced


  • Add the sausage to a large pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Cook, breaking up with into small pieces as it cooks.
  • Add the onions and jalapenos, cooking until softened.
  • Add the beer and broth, scraping to deglaze the pan.
  • Add the beans, garlic powder, paprika, and cumin. Simmer for ten minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the sour cream, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Ladle into bowls, top with cilantro and avocado.

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Susan December 12, 2014 um 8:32 am

I hope that 2015 is a wonderful year for you, that it starts out well and gets better as it goes on. It’s hard living through major struggles, but in the end they are worth it: life does get better. Personal experience speaking. Happy holidays!


Jackie December 12, 2014 um 9:58 am

Thank you Susan!


addie | culicurious December 12, 2014 um 1:24 pm

Life may have dealt you some lemons in 2014, Jackie, but you’ve made some pretty tasty lemonade here. I know you’ll make the most of whatever life’s thrown at you. 🙂 Sending you well wishes and all the best!


Brian December 12, 2014 um 1:25 pm

This will def be happening soon. I gifted ur book to a good craft beer & foodie friend and he LOVES it!


Liz @ Floating Kitchen December 13, 2014 um 5:53 am

Sending you good vibes for 2015. I too am looking forward to January this year. Delicious sounding soup, Jackie!


Rachel Cooks December 13, 2014 um 6:51 pm

Hoping 2015 is your best year yet. 🙂 And of course, the soup sounds phenomenal!


Penny December 16, 2014 um 5:44 am

Wishing you a stellar 2015. Your book is out of stock at Amazon. Was going to gift it to my son. Will try again. This chili sounds wonderful.


Jackie December 16, 2014 um 10:26 am

It’s still at Barnes and Noble, and you can still buy it autographed from me 🙂


Alexis December 18, 2014 um 7:59 pm

After a rough day, I came home and made this tonight, and it was even better than it sounded on paper – SO delicious, and the beer really complements the whole package. Thanks for sharing and keep it up. I’ve been following you for years and you always come up with amazingly tasty stuff – Happy 2015!


Jackie December 19, 2014 um 9:32 am

Thank you Alexis!


Darin January 14, 2015 um 9:39 am

Hope you have a most awesome year!
I made this Spicy Chicken Sausage White Bean Beer Chili last night & I’m enjoying it for lunch at this very moment. I used a Victory Tradewaters Pale Ale & this chili is waaaaay good! Everyone really enjoyed it last night. THANKS SO MUCH!!


Gabe October 30, 2018 um 6:13 pm

This has become one of my favorites as we move into colder weather. thank you for such a great recipe.


Jackie October 30, 2018 um 7:17 pm

Thank you so much! Glad you like it 🙂


gabriel February 13, 2022 um 11:23 am

I come back to this recipe again and again and in particular for the super bowl. Thank you for such a great crowd pleaser of a recipe!!!!


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