Chili Pepper Madness

November 10, 2017

Southwest Style Chicken Gumbo

Southwest Style Chicken Gumbo – Recipe Southwest Style Chicken Gumbo – Recipe

A mashup recipe of your favorite Cajun chicken gumbo made with Southwestern ingredients, including Hatch chili peppers, black beans and plenty of Southwestern seasonings. This tastes awesome!

As you may have guessed by now, I am a gumbo FANATIC. Truly. What is it about gumbo that inspires such PASSION in me? I can answer that for you.


I don't think I can shout that out loudly enough. When I first visited New Orleans, I remember the first taste of authentic, local gumbo and being astonished by the depth of flavor. Is it a soup? Is it a stew? I don't know how you might classify this dish, other than a GUMBO, but it's one of those meals that basically leaves you gobsmacked.

When we want back to New Orleans just recently for a week, just because we wanted a foodie trip, I made it a point to try as much gumbo as I could fit in this belly. So happy! #FoodieLife! Seriously, check out my Gumbo Recipes and you'll see how much I love the stuff.

I mean, just look at it! I want to dive in right now!

Southwest Style Chicken Gumbo – Recipe

Which leads me to this particular recipe. Yes, I'm bringing you yet another gumbo recipe, but this one is different, and I highlight that point to illustrate the fact that gumbo is so darned versatile. It's really more about technique, in particular, the roux. Once you learn the basics of making a good gumbo, you can start to riff off of the classic recipe and begin to play around with the overall ingredients.

That's what I did here. I'm calling this a Southwest Style Chicken Gumbo. It uses all of the typical techniques in making a gumbo, but replaces some of the traditional ingredients for those found in Southwest U.S. I'm talking Hatch peppers, black beans and nicely spicy spices.

Southwest Style Chicken Gumbo – Recipe


I don't even know what to say about this one. My deepest apologies to anyone in New Orleans offended by my bastardization of their traditional gumbo recipe, but seriously, people of Louisiana! Your techniques are WAY too good to let them be! A heartfelt THANKS for introducing this stuff to me.

In all honesty, when I visited New Orleans last, I spoke with several chefs about gumbo, and the clear message about gumbo is that there is no "wrong" gumbo. If you like certain ingredients, throw them in. You're the one eating it!

So truly, I have permission to play with the recipe.

Southwest Style Chicken Gumbo – Recipe

As you know, I greatly enjoy the cuisine of the Southwestern U.S. Talk about flavors. I had some Hatch peppers remaining in my posession and decided to build my recipe around them, and in the end, I'm sorta torn on saying this is my FAVORITE gumbo recipe. I mean, it's so hard to choose! Maybe I'll just say it's right up there with all the others because, dang! Gumbo in pretty much ANY form is crazy, crazy delicious.

If you don't have Hatch peppers, use jalapeno peppers or, better yet, poblano peppers. They will just fine here.

Patty went NUTS for this one. Just see her comments below.

I hope you make this recipe because it is SO. DANG. YUM.

If you do, please let me know how it came out for you. Apologies for gushing. I need another bowl now. Best! -- Mike H.

Southwest Style Chicken Gumbo – Recipe

Patty’s Perspective: This is “holy WOW” good. I want to bury my face in this. From this day forward, I want every meal made with roux!

Southwest Style Chicken Gumbo – Recipe


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast, chopped
  • ½ cup peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup flour
  • 6 ounces Hatch chile peppers, chopped (Substitution: poblano peppers or jalapenos)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium celery stalk, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound heirloom tomatoes, diced
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • For Serving: Cooked white rice, if desired

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat a pan to medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and heat.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to the pan. Cook a couple minutes per side until browned. Set aside until ready to use.
  3. Add ½ cup peanut oil to a large pot and heat to medium heat. Add flour and stir. Cook for 20 minutes, constantly stirring, until the roux turns a light brown the color of peanut butter.
  4. Add peppers, onion, celery and garlic. Stir and cook about 8 minutes.
  5. Add chicken. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add diced tomatoes, black beans, seasonings and chicken stock. Scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Give it all a good stir.
  7. Reduce the heat and cook at medium-low for 1 hour to thicken. You can let it just sit at this point to simmer.
  8. Serve over white rice and garnish with extra fresh herbs, or just eat it on its own.

Makes 1 big pot! (about 3 quarts)

Southwest Style Chicken Gumbo - Recipe

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  • Comment Link Jeff Palmer November 20, 2017 posted by Jeff Palmer

    Up here in cheeseland - I really appreciate any recipe that shows off great dishes and cuisines from the south. This one is golden and boolmarked for sure. Thanks for the nawlins fix:)

  • Comment Link Flavor Quotient November 13, 2017 posted by Flavor Quotient

    Wonderful recipe.Great photos. Looks very tempting! Your recipes are really good. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Comment Link Georgia Ingersoll November 11, 2017 posted by Georgia Ingersoll

    I have been growing my own habaneros for several years, & always get magnificent you think I could substitute these for Hatch peppers without spoiling the taste & texture of the gumbo? (I think I'm going to switch growing jalapenos to growing Hatch peppers, but this will take too long...wanna try your, PRONTO!!

    REPLY: Georgia, yes, you can use habanero pepper for this recipe. You'll obviously get more heat and maybe a bit of fruitiness. Let me know how it turns out for you. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Karly November 11, 2017 posted by Karly

    Not want, NEED. This looks so good and jam packed full of flavor! Yum!

  • Comment Link Chili Bob November 10, 2017 posted by Chili Bob

    Can dried Hatch peppers be used instead of fresh ones? If so, how much

    REPLY: Yes, Chili Bob, though you won't get the same texture. It would be best to use fresh. However, if using dried pods, it would be best to rehydrate them first. I would use 3-4 pods, depending on size. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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