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Station 4 Johnsonville Cajun Chili – A Recipe Created by Firemen

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This creamy cajun chili that was created by firemen in Birmingham won’t set off any alarms but will have you coming back for more. It’s made with cajun chicken sausage, white chili seasoning, plus a few more ingredients that magically make it an incredibly delicious meal.

Johnsonville Firehouse Challenge

A couple of years ago I was invited to attend the Johnsvonville Firehouse Challenge in Birmingham, Alabama.  How could I say no?  After all, firemen – the everyday heroes who put their lives on the line to protect all of us – know their way around the kitchen and are notorious for making incredibly delicious food.  This was an occasion that I did not want to miss.

Firemen are great cooks!

The cookoff was between two Birmingham fire stations and each dish included a Johnsonville sausage product.  The public was invited to attend the event and to cast their vote for the dish that he/she liked the best.

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Making Cajun Chili

There was plenty for everyone to enjoy.  (Should I confess to having more than one bowl of my favorite?)

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Johnsonville Cajun Chili

Station 4 Johnsonville Cajun Chili - a delicious recipe created by real firemen.

It’s unfortunate if you weren’t able to make it to the cookoff.  However, the kind folks at Johnsonville have permitted me to share with you the recipe for Cajun Chili.   (For more delicious recipes featuring Johnsonville products, click here.)

Yield: 6 servings

Station 4 Johnsonville Cajun Chili

Station 4 Johnsonville Cajun Chili

A delicious, hearty recipe created by real firemen.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package of Johnsonville Cajun Chicken Sausage Links, cut in 1/2" pieces
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons diced Jalapeño peppers
  • 1 10- oz can of diced tomatoes & green chilies
  • 2 15- oz cans of white beans, drained
  • 1 package of white chili seasoning
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Melt the butter in a soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the Johnsonville Cajun Chicken Sausage pieces, onions and peppers. Sauté for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the can of diced tomatoes & green chilies and package of white chili seasoning and cook for another few minutes.
  4. Add in the two cans of drained white beans and heavy cream.
  5. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 635mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 13gSugar: 5gProtein: 26g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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The competition was tough – both dishes were delicious.  But in the end, Station #4 won with their Johnsonville Cajun Chili.  (And yes, that was my favorite, too!) 

And the winner is...Johnsonville Cajun Chili

Johnsonville donated $5,000 to the Birmingham Fire Department to show support and appreciation for their hard work in the community.

***Post update – when I make this at home, I add about 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth to the chili when I add the packet of chili seasoning.  Here is what it looks like when I make it at home:

Station 4 Johnsonville Cajun Chili - a delicious recipe created by real firemen.

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John Hamburn

Saturday 13th of June 2020

This is not Cajun very misleading. defiantly not cajun coming out of Alabama. No Cajun would be caught dead using Johnsonville sausage.


Sunday 14th of June 2020

Your comment made me laugh. I don't think that the firemen in Birmingham would have great access to the various types of sausages that are abundant in Louisana. Whether it truly is Cajun or not, it's a delicious dish! Have you tried it?


Wednesday 25th of October 2017

Spicy....must try