Spicy Onion Soup with Sausage

Spicy Onion Soup with Sausage

Spicy Onion Soup with Sausage is a robust French onion based soup on steroids- extra flavor, onions, green chiles, and really spicy sausage – yummy!

This is fundamentally a French Onion Soup … but with killer spicy sausage, green chiles, and a few added flavor enhancers to make it truly memorable. It’s easy to make and guaranteed to be a hit. For a get together, I would double or quadruple it.

I started with a 32-oz carton of ready-made French Onion Soup (Pacific Foods, rather bland, nothing special); you could just as well use two 14.5 oz cans of beef broth or a packet of Lipton French Onion Soup (made per directions). It’s the flavorful additions that really make this special.

The rest of the ingredients are common flavor enhancers … except the sausage. I used half of a 1 lb. chubb of Tennessee Pride Hot Country Sausage. This is a no-fail, forgiving recipe, so you can use whatever sausage you like. I generally have a preference for Southern-style hot breakfast sausage that comes in a chubb. I grew up in the South where we often had patties of this kind of sausage with breakfast; wow – lots of flavor, great texture, and undoubtably plenty of fat and calories. That’s what I call real comfort food. I always keep this kind of sausage in my freezer. (Yeah, I’ve also got chorizo and both mild and hot Italian sausage.)

I created this recipe tweaking as I went, so the amounts of beef bouillon, vinegar, and chiles will give you the spicy and very robust flavor I was shooting for. If you want to tone it down, you can go easy adjusting to taste as you go along. Personally, I feel I ended up with one of the very best, incredibly satisfying onion soups I’ve ever had. This is an ideal soup to serve after a day in the snow. If you want a more Southwestern flavor, you can add chili powder and cumin.  I was aiming more for spicy and flavorful than ethnic.

Also, I would generally double the recipe, as this only serves about 4 people. I made it on the stove, but it’s ideal for a slow cooker and can be left on low for hours. Hope you enjoy this!

Spicy Onion Soup with Sausage
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 32 oz carton of French Onion Soup (or 2 14.5 oz cans beef broth)
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • ½ of 1 lb chubb of hot breakfast sausage
  • 1 tbsp beef bouillon
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup diced medium-hot green chiles
  • Optional: Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Cut onion into thin slices and quarter each slice, making about 2-inch strips of onion.
  2. Brown the sausage in a medium pot, breaking it up into small chunks. Drain the fat off, leaving about 2 tbsp in the skillet to cook the onions in. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Fry the onions in the 2 tbsp fat over medium heat until soft and starting to brown. Add the cooked sausage back in and pour the French Onion Soup (or beef broth) in.
  4. Stir well and add in the beef bouillon and vinegar; you may want to add a bit of each and taste as you go if you want it on the mild side.
  5. Stir in the green chiles, simmer for a few minutes and serve.
  6. Optional: top with shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese.


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