Chipotle Lamb Chili

Chipotle Lamb Chili

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Mary-Kate Cook


This chili is a combination of our cultures. I come from a Middle Eastern background and my husband has significant influences from the Mid West. Lamb is a large part of what I ate growing up and now make at my home. My husband has family from Oklahoma and that region where chili is made as a routine meal. We have made several recipes that include aspects of both cultures. The fusion of several creations has been great, but this chili is one of our favorites. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have. At potlucks, our friends have enjoyed this even those that say they "don't like chili."


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15 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


  • 2 1/2 lb
    lamb, chopped
  • 2 medium
    yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 7
    chipotle peppers, in adobo sauce, roughly blended
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper, freshly-ground
  • 2 Tbsp
    sugar, granulated
  • 0.5 tsp
    garlic salt
  • 1 tsp
    oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp
    basil, dried
  • 1 tsp
    cumin powder
  • 0.5 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder
  • 2 tsp
    ancho chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    garlic, freshly-pressed
  • 3 tsp
    salt, kosher
  • 3- 29 oz. can(s)
    tomato sauce
  • 1-6 oz. can(s)
    tomato paste
  • 1- 8 oz. jar(s)
    salsa, hot and chunky
  • 1-15 oz. can(s)
    light red kidney beans (low-sodium)
  • 1-15 oz. can(s)
    dark red kidney beans (low-sodium)

How to Make Chipotle Lamb Chili


  1. Heat a large stock pot over medium heat. Sweat the onions in olive oil until tender. Add the chopped lamb and cook until browned (about 10 minutes). Drain any oil. Set stock pot aside.
  2. Roughly blend the chipotle peppers with some of the sauce in a small food processor (or by hand with a sharp knife or using a mortar / pestle) until some texture still remains, not totally smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together black pepper, sugar, garlic salt, oregano, basil, cumin, paprika, chili powder, ancho chili powder, garlic, and salt. Stir together until completely combined.
  4. Add the spice mixture, tomato sauce, tomato paste, salsa, chipotle peppers, and kidney beans to the large stock pot containing the lamb and onion mixture. Stir ingredients together gently so that the beans are not broken up too much. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for one hour or until desired thickness.
  5. This is a really hearty dish, but you can garnish it with shredded cheese, sour cream, onions, and / or cilantro.

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About Chipotle Lamb Chili

Main Ingredient: Lamb
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #low-fat #lamb #chili

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