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Fiesta-Twisted Brunswick Stew

Traditionally made with game meat, this updated Brunswick stew, using spicy sausage, is a modern mom’s best friend. —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    9 servings (3-1/2 quarts)


  • 1/2 pound uncooked chorizo or bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1 large potato, cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken breast halves, skin removed
  • 1 cup cut fresh green beans
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • Shredded Asiago cheese


  • Crumble chorizo into a small skillet; cook over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until fully cooked. Drain. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker. Add the potato, onion, green pepper, jalapenos, tomatoes, marinara sauce, corn, Cajun seasoning, garlic, sugar, pepper and salt.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour and broth until smooth; stir into slow cooker. Add the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken and vegetables are tender, adding green beans and cilantro during the last 2 hours of cooking.
  • Remove chicken from slow cooker. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; discard bones. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces and return to slow cooker; heat through. Sprinkle servings with cheese.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups (calculated without cheese): 358 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 1188mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 5g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • Joan
    Nov 23, 2019

    My grandfather used to make Brunswick stew, and the only game he ever put in it was rabbit. I make it using beef chuck roast, Boston butt, smoked if I can get it, and a whole chicken, all simmered together in a large stockpot. It makes a dynamite stew. I don't use vegetables beyond corn and tomatoes and grated onion. I don't use a lot of heat. Just enough to give it a mild kick but not enough to overpower it. Brunswick stew does not have a really robust flavor profile, so it is easy to overwhelm if you're not careful with your flavorings. Unfortunately, I lost the recipe I had spent years developing when it fell off the refrigerator door unnoticed. I'm working on it now. Thank you for an interesting recipe. Don't be offended if I stick to mine.

  • momzilla24
    Oct 22, 2018

    I made this as written except for using a whole pound of chorizo. It was very tasty but not what I expected. I was expecting a "fiesta" but the marinara sauce flavor was quite prominant so it had more of an Italian flavor. My husband thought it tasted like chicken cacciatori. I will try using an additional can of cruched tomatoes instead of the marinara next time. Overall very nice comfort food, good spice level, and easy to prepare.

  • mom2wil
    Oct 21, 2011

    This was super-easy to make and really good!