Chili's Grill & Bar is a casual dining restaurant which serves American food influenced by Tex-Mex cuisine. This site will offer a collection of copycat recipes from items on the menu past and present.



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Chicken and Sausage Soup

Chili's Southwest Chicken and Sausage Soup
Copycat Recipe

Makes about 4 Quarts

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cupdiced onions
11/3 cup diced green bell pepper
2 tablespoon diced seeded jalapeño pepper
3 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
4 1/2cups water
8 teaspoons chicken base
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons ground cumin
2 1/2 tablespoons ground chili powder
4 teaspoons ground paprika
4 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons freshly minced cilantro
11/2 teaspoons ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoons ground oregano
1/2 cup crushed canned tomatillos (see note)
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies, drained
2 (15 oz.) cans navy beans or small white beans, drained
1 (15 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, drained
3 lb. diced cooked chicken breast
1 package of plain breakfast sausage links, cut into bite size pieces
Shredded cheese and sour cream for garnish (optional)
Tortilla chips

In 5-quart or larger pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add sausage, onions and sauté along with bell pepper, jalapeño and garlic. Cook until vegetables are tender.

In another container, combine water, chicken base, lime juice, sugar, cornstarch and seasonings. Add to vegetable mixture. Add tomatillos and diced green chilies to pot; bring to boil. Add beans and chicken; simmer 10 minutes.

Serve topped with cheese and sour cream if desired, with tortilla chips on the side.


  1. Great post! Looks like a job well done! I, too, used to ‘copycat’ recipes. I did a lot of experimenting in the kitchen with a little help from Boulder Sausage recipes. You can check out their website if you want to. =) I’m going to try this recipe too. I hope you don’t mind. Thank you! Keep on posting delicious recipes.

    Dione Nye

  2. I would like to make a milder kid friendly version of his soup. What should I omit that wont affect the flavor of the soup but make it mild enough children could eat it?

  3. There are mo kidney beans in this, I work at chilis, they use northern beans.. sausage is Andoui sausage

  4. Made this copycat recipe yesterday. It is very good, however, my husband had just eaten some at Chili's the day before. Could tell a difference. We went to Chili's and got a to go container of the soup this evening. Compared it side by side with mine. Chili's has chopped red peppers, carrots, very tiny pieces of beef, large white northern beans, no red kidney beans, was not breakfast sausage, not sure about tomatillos. Mine had a stronger chili powder taste, and a sweet taste. That being said, the above recipe is REALLY good. Will not use breakfast sausage next time, will try the Andoui. Will only use the large white northern beans and not the red kidney beans. I will add chopped red pepper. Will use less chili powder and maybe a little less cumin. Will probably leave out the sugar. I will also continue to have this soup at Chili's - the only problem is that I really like soup and the serving size is not large enough.

  5. They took this soup off the menu and repalced it with some watered down version of chicken chili. No reason to go there for lunch anymore. Knuckleheads.

  6. Agreed Simon. It was by far their best soup. I contacted Chili's in protest. Will try this recipe at home.

  7. does this really take 3 pounds of chicken??? It really sounds like a lot to me

  8. Wow mouthwatering and very tasty looking recipe. I will definitely try this at home. Have you tried Pakistani Cooking Recipes I love all Pakistani Recipes and mostly the appetizers by zarnak sidhwa recipes