Alaskan King Salmon Chili

salmon chili

Alaskan King Salmon Chili it’s every bit as regal and delicious as it sounds.

Alaskan King Salmon Chili 

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Red or black beans also work well in this recipe.

salmon chili


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (peeled and diced)
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cored, seeded and diced)
  • 1 poblano pepper (cored, seeded and diced)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (plus more as needed for seasoning)
  • 2 clove garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (seeded and finely chopped)
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes (with juice)
  • 2 (15 oz) cans whole white beans
  • 1 tablespoon red Tabasco
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pound Alsakan salmon (skinned and cut into 1‑inch chunks)
  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges (for serving)


Heat the olive oil in the large Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Stir in the onions, celery, red bell pepper and poblano pepper until coated; season with ½ teaspoon salt. Cover the pan and let the onions cook slowly, stirring frequently until the vegetables are well-softened and the onions are lightly golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Feel free to add a tablespoon of water part way through cooking if the pan looks too dry. Onions vary greatly in water content. When the vegetables are done, stir in the garlic and jalapeño; cook another 1 minute. 

Turn the heat up to medium and add the tomatoes and their liquid; bring to a simmer. Drain and rinse the beans, then add to them pot along with the Tabasco, tomato paste, vegetable broth, oregano, chili powder, coriander and cumin. Bring back to a simmer, then lower the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally until the flavors come together, about 20 minutes. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. The chili may be made ahead to this point up to 24 hours in advance. Cool completely, then cover and refrigerate. In which case bring back to a low simmer before continuing.

Add the salmon and simmer until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Stir carefully to cook and incorporate the salmon without breaking it up too much. Garnish with cilantro. Serve warm in individual bowls with lime wedges on the side.