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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, dinner, gumbo, Hatch Chile Peppers, southwest
Servings: 6
Calories: 491kcal


  • 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


  • Heat a pan to medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and heat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add peppers, onion, celery and garlic. Stir and cook about 8 minutes.
  • Add chicken. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add diced tomatoes, black beans, seasonings and chicken stock. Scrape up the brown bits from the bottom. Give it all a good stir.
  • Reduce the heat and cook at medium-low for 1 hour to thicken. You can let it just sit at this point to simmer.
  • Serve over white rice and garnish with extra fresh herbs, or just eat it on its own.


Makes 1 big pot! (about 3 quarts)


Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 1087mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 26.6mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3.7mg