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21 January 2019

A delectable seafood chili recipe with huge tiger prawns. This is my favorite shrimp chili, with loads of seasoning.

Here’s a fun seafood chili recipe you can dig into. We busted out the black tiger prawns for this one, thick and heavy shrimp that will satisfy your cravings for shrimp. It’s all wrapped up into a nice and spicy chili recipe.

I’ve always been a fan of a good shrimp chili. You don’t see too many chili recipes that incorporate shrimp, prawns, or other seafood. That’s a shame.

Consider a somewhat similar recipe – Seafood Gumbo – and you may change your mind. Gumbo is rich and thick and amazingly delicious, a perfect use of shrimp and seafood.

This chili is no exception.

Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we?

Shrimp and Red Bean Chili - In a pot, ready to serve

How to Make Shrimp and Red Bean Chili – the Recipe Method

First, heat the oil in a large pot. Add onion and jalapeno (or poblano) pepper and saute in oil for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender.

Cooking down onions and peppers in a hot pan with oil

Add the garlic and cook another minute, until you can smell that gorgeous garlic. Yum!

Next, stir in your beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, hot sauce, cumin, chili powder and basil.

Add the tomato sauce to the Shrimp and Red Bean Chili

Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for at least 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until heated through. It should thicken up for you. You can simmer longer if you’d like to let the flavors develop even further.

Add in your shrimp (or use large prawns). Simmer 10 minutes longer or until shrimp is pink and cooked through.

Simmering our Shrimp and Red Bean Chili in a pot

BOOM! Your shrimp chili is done!

Serving Ideas for Shrimp and Red Bean Chili

I like to serve it directly into the bowl with some spicy red chili flakes and extra sliced peppers.

It is great over rice as well. Consider serving it over cheesy grits. I love the flavor combination with the grits. So good.

Consider other toppings you’d use on your favorite chili recipes as well, such as sour cream, crushed tortillas or more.

Recipe Variations

Instead of shrimp, try making this chili with ground turkey instead for a non-seafood version. It’s also great with black beans. Consider beef broth as well for a meatier flavor.

So delicious! It really is my favorite shrimp chili ever. Just the right amount of spice.

Try Some of My Other Popular Chili Recipes

Shrimp and Red Bean Chili - In a bowl, ready to eat

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5 from 5 votes
Shrimp and Red Bean Chili - Recipe
Shrimp and Red Bean Chili Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

A delectable seafood chili recipe with huge tiger prawns. This is my favorite shrimp chili, with loads of seasoning.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 241 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped (or use a poblano pepper for milder heat)
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 can 15 ounces red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 6 ounce tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce pick your favorite
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (or 2 tablespoons for more pronounced flavor)
  • 1 pound raw shrimp (peeled and deveined)
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and jalapeno (or poblano) pepper in oil for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender.

  2. Add the garlic and cook another minute.

  3. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, hot sauce, cumin, chili powder and basil.

  4. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until heated through. You can simmer longer to let the flavor develop even more.

  5. Add shrimp; simmer 10 minutes longer or until shrimp is pink and cooked through.
  6. Serve with rice if desired.
Recipe Notes

Makes about 4 servings.

Heat Factor: Mild-Medium, though you can up the heat factor with spicier chili peppers or with the addition of spicy chili powder or flakes, or your favorite hot sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Shrimp and Red Bean Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Cholesterol 285mg 95%
Sodium 2413mg 101%
Potassium 1162mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 12g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 39.9%
Vitamin C 56.7%
Calcium 22.9%
Iron 33.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe was updated on 1/11/19 to include new photos. It was originally published on 5/19/2014.

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10 comments


  1. YUM!!! This is one of our families favorite chili’s. We love the addition of the shrimp! So delicious!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!


  2. I love this recipe! It’s so easy, flavorful and crowd pleasing! I’ll be making this one all winter long.


  3. Not only does this shrimp and bean chili look delicious, but it also looks so easy to make, which is a win in my book! I adore shrimp and chili but never thought of combining the two!


  4. I’ve never made chili with shrimp, but it sounds like a wonderful idea. You mentioned it was similar to gumbo. I ADORE a good gumbo, so I’m sure I would absolutely love this.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      I think you will, Lisa! It’s surprisingly tasty.

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